Making sure you have all the required equipment on your boat before you hit the water makes good sense.
Any person between the ages of 12 and 20 who wishes to operate a vessel (PWC, power boat, sailboat) without direct supervision must complete an approved boater education course. Direct supervision means being able to take over in case of an emergency. For a PWC, this means on the same vessel not riding next to it. The supervising adult must be at least 18 years of age and either have completed a boater education course or be exempt because they are over they age of 21. No one under the age of 12 may operate a vessel without supervision regardless of boater education certification.