2013 New York Safe Boating Textbook - (Page 1)

INTRODUCTION History of the New York Safe Boating Course Since 1959, the law in New York State has required young mariners to complete the New York Safe Boating Course. Originally known as “Make Sure, Make Shore,” the course taught youngsters between the ages of 10 and 14 the principles of safe boating. Beginning in 2000, the New York Safe Boating Course has been open to both youths and adults across New York State to teach the same principles of safe boating. The goals of the program are to: 1 the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. You may also earn a boating safety certificate from other legally authorized organizations. Boating safety certificates issued by the following organizations are legal in New York State:  the United States Power Squadrons  the US Coast Guard Auxiliary A boating safety certificate issued to a resident of another state or country is also acceptable, but the boater must carry the certificate while operating a boat in New York State. Please note the certificate must be issued pursuant to the laws of the operating home state.  Teach the basic boating skills necessary for safe and enjoyable boating. operating a boat. careless boating.  Instill in each student a sense of responsibility when  Develop an understanding of the consequences of  Encourage common sense and courtesy towards other waterway users. more about boating. Persons required to complete a safety course The Law in New York requires the following people to have a Boating Safety Certificate: • PWC operators must be at least 14 years of age and hold a boating safety certificate, or be accompanied by someone over 18 years of age who is the holder of a boating safety certificate Youths who are at least 10 but less than 18 years of age may not operate a motor boat without adult supervision unless the youth has obtained a boating safety certificate  Prompt students to invest the time and effort to learn • The New York Safe Boating Course complies with the requirements of the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). It requires a minimum of eight (8) hours of classroom instruction. At the end of the course, students will take a closed book exam. Students who score at least 76% on the exam will receive a New York Safe Boating Certificate. The New York Safe Boating Course includes the following topics: Accidents & Emergencies Boat Operation Boating Related Activities Boats & Motors Equipment Fueling & Ventilation Marine Environment Navigation Numbering & Registration Personal Watercraft Rules of the Road Safe Loading & Powering If you are less than 10 years of age you may not operate a motor boat alone. Someone over 18 years of age must be onboard with you. You don’t need to obtain a Boating Safety Certificate if you are:  a certified NY Safe Boating Course instructor  a holder of a valid New York State Public Vessel Operators license  a member of the US Power Squadron  a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary  licensed to operate boats by the US or Canadian Coast Guard In addition, police officers, peace officers, fire and rescue personnel and lifeguards may operate boats without a boater safety certificate while carrying out their official duties. Penalties. Boating without a required safety certificate is a violation of the law. The first conviction can lead to a fine and/or imprisonment. The penalties increase for a second conviction. The owner of the boat may also be in violation of the law if the operator does not have the required boating safety certificate. 1 Legal Requirements Acceptable Certificates Successful completion of this boating course will qualify you for a boating safety certificate issued by the Commissioner of http://www.nysparks.com/recreation/boating/safety-courses.aspx http://www.usps.org/ http://www.cgaux.org/ http://www.nasbla.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1 http://www.nasbla.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1 http://www.nysparks.com/recreation/boating/documents/VesselOperatorsLicenseGuide.pdf http://www.nysparks.com/recreation/boating/documents/VesselOperatorsLicenseGuide.pdf

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of 2013 New York Safe Boating Textbook

2013 New York Safe Boating Textbook
Boats and Motors
Registration of Boats
Fueling and Ventilation
Safe Loading and Powering
Preparation for Getting Underway
The Marine Environment
Rules of the Road
Boat Operations
Personal Watercraft
Boating Related Activities
Accidents and Emergencies
Frequently Asked Questions
Chapter Review Questions Answers

2013 New York Safe Boating Textbook