In Montana youths 13 and 14 years of age may operate a motorboat or a personal watercraft powered by a motor rated at more than 10 horsepower only if:
They possess a valid Montana motorboat operator's safety certificate;
they show evidence of completing another state or organization's NASBLA approved boating safety course; or
they are accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older.
Boating safety courses are available in several ways to help you get the training you need:
Complete the online course. Then take the certification exam online if you wish to receive your Montana Motorboat Operator's Certificate. Online classes are also available at the following websites:
The Montana Motorboat Operator's Homestudy course is available:
at all regional Fish, Wildlife and Parks offices;
or by emailing Sara Smith at email@example.com.
Persons 13 years of age or older who successfully complete the course will receive a Montana Motorboat Operator's Certificate. The homestudy course is available free of charge.
These classes are sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary provides low-cost classes and offers other services such as vessel examinations and water safety patrols.
These classes will posted when available.