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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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To operate a personal watercraft (PWC) in New York, the following restrictions apply.

  • If you are under 14 years of age, you may not operate a PWC legally.
  • If you are 14 years of age or older, you must:
    • Have passed a boating safety course approved by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and …
    • Carry your Boating Safety Certificate on board the PWC or be accompanied on board the PWC by a person 18 years of age or older who holds a Boating Safety Certificate.
  • No one under the age of 16 may rent a PWC.