Thrill Craft

This page is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace official laws and administrative rules regarding thrill craft.  Please view Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) and Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) for official legal authority.

Thrill craft (also known as jet skis and personal watercraft/PWCs) have become very popular in Hawaii.  In response to increased user conflicts, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) implemented an administrative rule in 2005 (HAR Section 13-256-16) requiring all thrill craft operators to be certified in the safe use of their watercraft.  The certification required by HAR Section 13-256-16 is in addition to the basic boating safety course (approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the State of Hawaii) that is required to operate a motorized vessel in the State.

ONLINE THRILL CRAFT EDUCATION COURSE NOW AVAILABLE:  Please visit for more information on the online course.




This page was last updated on 2/13/24.