Important New Boating Safety Laws

​As of May 1, 2014, NY State law requires that anyone born after May 1, 1996 who wants to operate a motorboat, obtain a Boating Safety Certificate by completing an approved eight hour course. This new law will ensure that over time, all recreational boaters navigating New York State waters will have the knowledge and training necessary to do so safely.

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To view a recent letter from NY State Parks Dept on this new law, click here