Originally Posted by DMF Sailing
But in terms of my original question, neither my ASA card nor my IPC card will avail me. Right?
I see that you are in Boston.
Who can operate a boat
and/or personal watercraft in Massachusetts?
In Massachusetts, no person under 12 years of age may operate a motorized boat
, unless accompanied on board and directly supervised by a competent person 18 years of age or older.
Youth under the age of 16 are not allowed to operate a personal watercraft under any circumstances.
What is a Massachusetts Boating Safety
The Massachusetts Boating Safety Certificate (often incorrectly referred to as the Massachusetts boating license) is proof that a boater has completed a state-approved 10-12 hour classroom-based boater education course.
Who is required to have a Massachusetts Boating Safety Certificate?
Persons between 12 and 15 years of age must complete a state-approved basic boating classroom course in order to operate a motorized boat without adult supervision. Upon successful completion of the mandatory course, students are issued a state Boating Safety Certificate which must be carried on board at all times while the vessel is underway.
Personal watercraft operators who are 16 or 17 years of age must also complete a state-approved basic boating classroom course to legally operate a PWC.
The minimum age to obtain a Boating Safety Certificate is 12 years of age. Students must be at least 12 years of age to register for a state boating safety classroom course.
The Boat Massachusetts course is available in two formats. A full in-person format that runs approximately 10-12 hours in length, generally over the course of several days. All full in-person classes
are free of charge. There is also a hybrid format that consists of an online education course, followed by an abbreviated in-person session with a proctored exam. There is an associated fee for the online program.
are for adults and youth 12 years of age and older. Family
participation is encouraged and has proven to be very rewarding. All graduates in the 12 through 15 year-old age group will be issued a safety certificate allowing them to operate a motorboat without adult supervision, as required by state law. The same is true for 16 and 17 year old youth who wish to operate a personal watercraft.