Motorized Vessels, Excluding 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 yrs of age and have proof have proof of successful completion of an approved boating safety course OR 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 subdvision do not apply to persons who are: born before April 30, 1996; certified by the commisioner as boating safety instructors; members of the United States Power Squadrons; members of the United States Coast Guard Auxillary; holders of public vessel licenses pursuant to section 64 of this article; police officers, peace officers, fire personnel, rescue personnel or lifeguards, when any such person is acting pursuant to assigned duties; or licensed to operate vessels by the United States Coast Guard or the Canadian Coast Guard. 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.