Can A 15 Year Old Drive A Jet Ski In Arizona?


Can A 15 Year Old Drive A Jet Ski In Arizona?

In Arizona, a 15-year-old can operate a jet ski, but some specific conditions and requirements must be met.

Here are the key points…

Age Requirements and Conditions

  • Ages 12-15
    • Individuals aged 12 to 15 can operate a jet ski if they have completed a boating safety course approved by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
    • They must carry the boating safety certificate while operating the jet ski.
  • Under 12 Years Old
    • Children under 12 are not allowed to operate a jet ski.

Boating Safety Course

  • Mandatory Completion – For 12 to 15-year-olds, completing a boating safety course is mandatory.
  • Certification: Upon successful completion, they will receive a certificate they must carry while operating the jet ski.

Safety Equipment

  • Life Jacket – All operators and passengers must always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • Safety Lanyard – It is advisable to attach the engine cut-off (safety lanyard) to the operator to stop the engine if they fall off the jet ski.

Parental Guidance

  • Supervision Recommended – While not always required, it is recommended that inexperienced or younger operators are supervised by an adult.


  • Adherence to Local Laws – The young operator must obey all local and state boating laws, including speed limits, no-wake zones, and other safety regulations.

A 15-year-old can legally operate a jet ski in Arizona if they have completed an approved boating safety course and carry the certificate. They must also follow all safety regulations, including wearing a life jacket and understanding the water rules.