Children under the age of 10 may not operate any type of motorized vessel, including personal watercraft (PWCs).
Children between the ages of 10 and 12 may operate a motorized vessel or PWC only if accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age who can take direct control of the craft.
Youth at least 12 years of age but less than 18 may operate a motorized vessel or PWC provided they have in their possession a boating safety education certificate given by a course provider approved by the Illinois DNR, or are accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age who can take direct control of the craft.
Boaters 18 years of age or older may operate a motorized vessel or PWC without restrictions.
The BoatU.S. Online Boating Safety Course does not meet this state’s boating education requirements.
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