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Beginning May 1, all boat operators born on or after May 1, 1996 are now required to obtain a Safe Boating Certificate by completing an eight-hour safe boating course. Courses may be completed and certificates obtained through State Parks, U.S. Power Squadrons, or the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Previous law only required the operator of a personal watercraft or any youthful boat operator to obtain a Safe Boating Certificate. A new law signed by the Governor phases-in this existing requirement to all boaters beginning with those born on or after May 1, 1996. A list of approved courses is available on the State Parks website.
Keeping track of a NY Safe Boating Certificate is easier thanks to the Governorís Adventure License initiative. If you have taken an approved safe boating course and received your NY Safe Boating Certificate, with just a few easy steps, you can choose to have your certification also reflected on your NYS Driver License, Non-Driver ID or Learner Permit as a small anchor icon. This DMV designation will eliminate the need to carry your boating safety certificate with you when boating.
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