Boating on any of Lenawee County’s 52 lakes is a great way to recreate. Before you get onboard here’s a few things you should know about boater safety.
Those less than 12 years of age:
- May operate a boat with a 6 hp engine without restrictions
- May operate a boat with up to a 35 hp engine if they have a boater safety certificate and are supervised by a person 16 year of age or older
- May not operate a boat powered by a motor of more than 35 hp under any conditions
Those born on or after July 1, 1996 may legally operate a boat only if they have been issued a boating safety certificate and have it on board.
Those born before July 1, 1996 may legally operate a boat without restrictions.
Personal Watercraft Regulations
Anyone less than 14 years of age may not legally operate a personal watercraft
(PWC) also known as a jet ski or wave runner.
Those 14 and 15 years of age may legally operate a PWC if they have obtained a boater safety certificate and are riding with or alongside a parent.
Those who are at least 16 years of age and/or born after December 31, 1978 may legally operate a PWC if they have a boater safety certificate.
Those born before December 31, 1978 may operate a PWC legally without restrictions.
You can get take a Michigan boating safety class online at www.boatED.com When you pass the final exam you’ll be able to print out your boater safety certificate.