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You are looking at a preview of what’s in the timed New York Boat Ed Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your New York State Boating Safety Certificate.

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The boating laws of New York are enforced by State Park police; sheriff departments; local, county, and state police; the Department of Environmental Conservation; and Harbormasters and Bay Constables. U.S. Coast Guard officers also patrol and have enforcement authority on joint jurisdictional waters.

  • It is illegal to refuse to follow the directive of a person with law enforcement authority.
  • An operator who has received a visual or audible signal from a law enforcement officer must bring his or her vessel to a stop.