Do you have your Oregon Boater Education Card?

 

Oregon Boater Education card

 

The Law:

Did you know that ALL Oregon Resident boaters need to carry a boater education card when operating powerboats (including personal watercraft or any motorized watercraft) greater than 10 hp?  

Oregon's Mandatory Boater Education Law requires boaters to take a course on basic boating skills and/or pass a test to demonstrate basic boating knowledge. Upon passing a test, the boater needs to apply for a boater education card which s/he must carry when operating a power boat more than 10 hp.

 

The Specifics:

  • All Oregon residents operating a power boat greater than 10 horsepower, and youth 12 and over operating any size powerboat, must carry a boater education card.

  • Youths must be 12 or older to obtain a boater education card. Youths 11 or younger may not operate any power boat.

  • A person age 12-15 who possesses a boater education card may operate a boat of 10 hp or less without an adult on board.

  • A person age 12-15 who possesses a boater education card may operate a boat of greater than 10 hp if accompanied by an adult 16 or older who also possesses a boater education card. If operating a PWC, the card holding adult must be 18 or older.

  • A person age 16 and older will need a boater education card to operate a power boat greater than 10 horsepower, including PWC.

 

The Information:

 

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