Who needs the NYS Boater Education Course?
All boaters born on or after May 1st, 1996 are required to successfully complete an approved boater education course in order to operate a motorboat.
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Education is mandatory for all personal watercraft (PWC) operators. All personal watercraft operators must successfully complete an approved boating safety course before they can operate a PWC on any waters of New York. All PWC operators must be a minimum of 14 years old - no one under the age of 14 may operate a PWC.
Persons under 10 years of age:Not able to operate a boat alone. Students must be at least 10 years to take a boating safety course.
Persons born after May 1, 1996:Must be at least 10 years of age and have proof have proof of successful completion of an approved boating safety course or…
Must be under the direct supervision of an adult over the age of 18 who holds a boating safety certificate, or any adult born before May 1, 1996, or…
If the operator is the owner of a recently purchased vessel, he or she may operate the vessel without the otherwise required boating safety certificate for a period not exceeding one hundred and twenty days from the date of purchase. The provisions of this subdivision do not apply to persons who meet the following criteria:
The commissioner, by rule or regulation, may provide the exemption of additional persons not listed in this paragraph from the requirements of this section.
Persons 18 years of age and older:Persons born before May 1, 1996 may operate without restriction.
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