COMMON BOATING COURSE AND SAFETY CERTIFICATE QUESTIONS
Legal Requirements - Persons Required to Complete a Safety Course
You must hold a safety certificate if: You operate a personal watercraft and are at least 14 years of age. Anyone may operate a personal watercraft if someone at least 18 years old is on the craft and they hold a safety certificate.
All individuals born on or after 5/1/96 are now required to successfully complete an approved course in boater education in order to operate a motorboat. The required boating safety certificate must be carried by the minor at all times while operating the boat. An approved course of instruction includes at least 8-hours of classroom training and a proctored exam. Students must be at least 10 years old to take the course.
CAN I TAKE AN ON-LINE COURSE ? No. Only certificates issued by New York State, the USCG Auxiliary or the US Power Squadron are acceptable. State law requires that NYS, USCGAUX and USPS boating courses include at least eight hours of classroom instruction and a proctored exam.
I'M VISITING NEW YORK, WILL MY SAFETY CERTIFICATE FROM MY HOME STATE BE SUFFICIENT ? Yes, provided that it was issued from your current state of residence, and the National Association of Boating Law Administrators approved the course.
CAN I USE MY NY SAFETY CERTIFICATE IN ONTHER STATES ? Yes, Because the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating course is NASBLA approved it is accepted in other states and Canada.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I DO NOT HAVE A BOATING SAFETY CERTIFICATE ? If convicted of a first violation you can be fined not lass than $25 or more than $100, or by imprisonment for not more than seven days, or both fine and imprisonment. For a second conviction, fines and imprisonment terms increase.