FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
I just bought a boat; will I need a course immediately?
Will I need a course in order to rent a motorboat in New York?
Can I set up a private course in my home?
Can I use my NY safety certificate in other states?
I lost my safety certificate. How can I get a replacement? What if I lost my temporary certificate?
Why did my instructor give me two temporary certificates?
I earned a state safety certificate when I was young. Does that count?
Yes, provided you still have a copy of your original certificate, and you were under the age of 18 at the time. Records do not exist for courses taught prior to the early 1990's.
What will happen if I do not have a boating safety certificate?
Who is required to have a Boater Safety Certificate?
New Law Effective May 1st 2014
All individuals born on or after 5/1/96 are now required to successfully complete an approved course in boater education in order to operate a motorboat.
Operators may not operate a Personal Watercraft (JetSki, SeaDoo, etc.) unless they are at least 14 years of age and hold a boater safety certificate issued by State Parks, the USCG Auxiliary or the US Power Squadron for having completed a an 8-hour classroom based course of instruction. A person without a safety certificate may operate a PWC when accompanied by someone over 18 years of age who is the holder of a boater safety certificate. For the purposes of this section, "accompanied" shall mean upon the same PWC.
Is a certificate the same thing as a license?
What is the education requirement for personal watercraft?
All operators of personal watercraft must have a Boating Safety Education Certificate in their possession to operate a personal watercraft.