Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
In some states there is no specific age requirement, in other states you have to be a certain age (14 is often the minimum) and complete a safety class before driving a jet ski. You will need to check the laws in your own state to be sure.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Lawyer for Indie Media | Sue Basko
In Illinois, a jet ski is considered both a motorboat and a personal watercraft. You have to be at least age 18 and wear a life preserver. You should also get a Boating Safety Certificate from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Department of Education. The department has information online and also offers local classes. You also need to be sure you are physically strong enough to handle the jet ski. It is also illegal to be under the influence of alcohol while operating a jet ski. There are many rules to know and getting this will be like getting a driver's license. Boating can be very dangerous and also very enjoyable.
Answer Applies to: Illinois