NEW JERSEY STATE Requirements- Persons required to complete the course
If you operate a personal watercraft (Jet Ski, Wave Runner, etc.) on the waters of the State of New Jersey you are required to possess a New Jersey boat safety certificate, additionally, if you are operating any other power vessel and you were born in 1959 or later, you are also required to possess a boat safety certificate. On June 1, 2008, all power vessel operators born in 1949 and later will be required to possess a certificate. As of June 1, 2009, all power vessel operators, regardless of date of birth, will be required to possess a boat safety certificate.
Exemptions: A boat safety certificate is not required for non-powered vessels.
NEW JERSEY STATE Minimum Age of Operation
There are two minimum ages, 13 years old for vessels powered by electric trolling motors, or vessels 12' or longer with less than 10 total HP.
Operators of all other power vessels, including personal watercraft, must be at least sixteen years old, this includes out-of-state residents.
i should just clarify....when i think under power...i always think of a gas outboard...more then 1hp...if u have a electric trolling motor on your little wooden boat you do not need a operators lic. [up]
this should help you out with learning the laws of the water if you dont wind up taking the test!