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Effective May 1, 2014, these requirements will apply to persons operating a recreational boat (other than a PWC) in New York.

  • If you are under 10 years of age:
    • You may not take a boating safety course and …
    • You must be accompanied on board by a person 18 years of age or older who either has a Boating Safety Certificate on board or is not required to have a certificate.
  • If you are 10 years of age or older and were born on or after May 1, 1996, you may operate a boat legally only if:
    • You 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 or …
    • You are accompanied on board by a person 18 years of age or older who either has a Boating Safety Certificate on board or is not required to have a certificate.
  • If you were born before May 1, 1996, you are not required to have a Boating Safety Certificate and may operate a boat alone. However, taking a course is strongly recommended.
  • If you recently purchased a vessel, you are exempt from the requirement to have a Boating Safety Certificate for up to 120 days from the date of purchase.