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INTRODUCTION

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History of the New York
Safe Boating Course

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.

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.

Persons Required to Complete a
Safety Course
The law in New York requires the following people to have a
boating safety certificate:
*	 Operators	of	a	motorboat	born	on	or	after	May	1,	1996	
must complete a boater safety course 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.

The goals of the program are to:

	Teach the basic boating skills necessary for safe and
enjoyable boating.

	Instill in each student a sense of responsibility when
operating a boat.

*	 PWC	operators	must	be	at	least	14	years	of	age	
and either hold a boating safety certificate or be
accompanied by someone over 18 years of age who is
the holder of a boating safety certificate.

	Develop an understanding of the consequences of
careless boating.

	Encourage common sense and courtesy towards other
waterway users.

	Prompt students to invest the time and effort to learn
more about boating.

You don't' need to obtain a boating safety certificate if you
are:

New York Safe Boating Course
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National	Association	of	Boating	Law	Administers			 	
(NASBLA) approved

*	

8	Hour	classroom	course

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Closed	book	exam	with	a	minimum	passing	score	of		
	
76%

*	

*	 A	certified	NY	Safe	Boating	Course	Instructor

Must	be	at	least	ten	years	of	age	at	start	of	course

*	 A	holder	of	a	valid	New	York	State	Public	Vessel	
Operator License
*	 A	member	of	the	US	Power	Squadron	or	US	Coast	
Guard	Auxiliary
*	 Licensed	to	operate	boats	by	the	US	or	Canadian	Coast	
Guard
*	 A	police	officer,	fire	personnel,	rescue	personnel,	or	
lifeguard while carrying out their official duties

Legal Requirements

Exemptions	must	be	carried	at	all	times	that	a	certificate	is	
required.

Acceptable Certificates
Successful completion of this boating course will qualify you
for a boating safety certificate issued by the Commissioner of
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:

Everyone is welcome to attend a New York
Safe Boating Course! The course can improve
the skills of even the seasoned boater. Plus,
taking the course sets a good example for
kids. And, completing the boating safety
course may lead to a reduction in your
boater's insurance premium.

	the United States Power Squadrons
	the	US	Coast	Guard	Auxiliary
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