Oregon Boating Education Law


For more information on the boating laws in the state of Oregon visit: www.boatoregon.com

Mandatory Education and Age Requirements:

Education Requirements
  • Oregon has a mandatory education law for individuals of a certain age wishing to operate powerboats greater than 10 horsepower (hp). This mandatory education is being phased in based on age of operator (see below). Those required to participate in mandatory education must carry their boating education card with them while operating a powerboat.
  • The Oregon State Marine Board approves many classroom and internet courses. The BoatU.S. Online Safety Course is an approved course. After completing an approved boating safety course you must then apply for a life-time card (no renewal necessary) issued by the Oregon State Marine Board. A one-time application fee of $10 is required. Click here to get the application. For more information, visit: www.boatoregon.com.
  • Mandatory Education for Oregon Boaters:

    Oregon Boater Education Card
  • ALL powerboat operators are required to take an approved boating safety course and carry their boater education card when operating a powerboat greater than 10 hp.
  • You must be at least 12 years old to operate a powerboat in Oregon. Youth 12-15 need a boater education card to operate powerboats 1-10hp alone. When operating boats greater than 10 hp, youth must be supervised by a card-holding adult age 16 or older. When operating a PWC, the supervisor must be 18 or older. In all cases where an adult is supervising a youth, that adult must possess a boater education card as well.
  • Oregon prohibits the operation of personal watercraft by persons under the age of 16 unless accompanied by a boater education card-holding person 18 or older. Persons 16 and older may operate a PWC unaccompanied, provided they possess a boating education card. Oregon prohibits the rental of a PWC to persons under 18.

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