How to get certified in New York:

Take an approved classroom course

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Pass the proctored exam at the end of the course.

Order your permanent card by mail.

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Do you need your New York Boating Safety Certificate?

All persons born on or after May 1, 1996 who operate a motorboat and all personal watercraft operators are required to successfully complete a state-approved 8-hour boater education classroom course and proctored exam.

NOTE: This free online study guide will help you prepare for your classroom course and proctored exam. Passing this course is not a substitute for taking your classroom course. Start the free study guide.

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We found out a long time ago that people learn best when they can see what they're learning. Shouldn't you be tested the same way? We think so. We illustrate every one of our quiz and exam questions.

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Albany, New York, 12238-0001
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FREE Paddle Sports Safety Course

Learning how to paddle? Check out our free paddle sports safety course. An optional online course that’s sanctioned by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, it’s an easy way to get ready for a safe first outing. Check it out!