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The BoatUS Foundation's Online Course is the only free Online Boating Safety Course approved by the New York State Parks & Recreation for boaters born before May 1, 1996.Approved by the Idaho State Parks and Recreation

The BoatU.S. Foundation's Free Online Boating Safety Course and other internet courses do NOT currently satisfy the New York state mandatory education requirement for boaters born on or after 5/1/1996 as well as all PWC operators are required to complete a NASBLA approved boating safety course

Boaters born on or after 5/1/1996 will not receive a certificate of completion upon passing this course. The certificate awarded to boaters born before that date will not entitle the holder to operate a PWC on the waters of the state of New York.

Any boater may take the BoatU.S. course as practice or a refresher, but you must take a classroom-based course and pass a proctored exam in order to satisfy the requirements New York if you were born on or after 5/1/1996 or wish to operate a PWC at any age.

Suffolk County Boaters

- If you were born before 5/1/1996 and DO NOT plan to operate a PWC (Jet-Ski, Sea-Doo, WaveRunner, etc) you CAN take this course to satisfy the requirements of Suffolk County. For more information on the Suffolk County regulations read the Suffolk County Boating Fact Sheet from BoatUS Government Affairs.
NEW YORK'S BOATER EDUCATION LAW, SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR IN 2013, WILL SUPERSEDE SUFFOLK COUNTY'S PREVIOUSLY ENACTED BOATER EDUCATION REQUIREMENT AS OF 5/1/2014.

You must PASS all seven lessons in order to receive your certificate of completion. Students on or after 5/1/1996 will NOT be awarded a certificate of completion for passing this course.

To take the New York Boating Safety Course, follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Click Start Here above to view a short video on using our online course
  2. Create an account and enroll yourself in the New York Boating Safety Course from the Course Catalog
  3. Pass the course and print out your certificate of completion* yourself for free - it's absolutely free to take the course and print your certificate, or you can have BoatUS mail you a certificate for $5.

*Certificates will only be awarded to students over the age of 18.

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