updated 07/15/2020 8:45pm
The New York State Office of Parks and Recreation publishes information about safe boating and certificate requirements for New York boaters at their web site here. Please not that a new law took effect on May 1, 2014 which requires all individuals born on or after 5/1/96 to successfully complete an approved course in boater education in order to operate a motorboat. Approved courses include those offered by NYS Parks, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadrons. Individuals less than 10 years of age may not take this course of instruction. Certain allowances to this law have been made for visitors to New York, persons renting a boat and persons purchasing a new boat for the first time. You can find a Boating Safety Course by clicking on that link, which has been updated with COVID-19 restrictions and information.