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New York State is blessed with hundreds of miles of navigable
waterways, varied enough to suit every taste and every imaginable
waterborne activity. Whether you're enjoying the roaring surf of the
Atlantic Ocean, the whitewater thrills of the Adirondacks, the pristine
waters of the Finger Lakes or the historic New York State Canal, fun
boating begins with safe boating.
To ensure that our world class waterways remain safe and enjoyable, we
proudly sponsor safe boating courses across the state, and encourage
every boater to participate in completing a course. Let this manual
guide you to become a safer and more courteous boater on New York's
All people born on or after May 1, 1996 must complete a boater safety
course if they wish to operate a motorboat or if the operator is under
18 years of age may be accompanied by someone over 18 years of age
who can legally operate a motorboat. In addition, New York State Law
requires a boating safety course for the operation of personal watercraft
(PWC). This New York Safe Boating Manual is designed to assist you
with that course.
I hope you enjoy the great waterways of our Empire State and
remember that safe boating is each boater's responsibility!
A New York safe boating certificate may be obtained by completing the New York Safe Boating Course. The course
is designed as a comprehensive boating course, teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation. This course
requires a minimum of eight (8) hours of classroom instruction.