Colorado Boating Education Law


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Mandatory Education and Age Requirements:

Education Requirements
  • Boating education is mandatory for operators under 16 years of age (persons over the age of 16 may boat without restrictions). A person who is 14 or 15 years of age must take a boating safety course approved by the Colorado State Parks and must keep proof of course completion with them at all times while operating a motorboat or PWC.
  • Persons under the age of 14 may not operate motorboats or PWCs at all.
  • The BoatU.S. Online Safety Course does not authorize 14 and 15 year olds to operate motorboats or PWCs.

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