The NYS Young Boater's course will satisfy the New York boater education requirement, but is optimized for boaters between the ages of 10 and 18. America's Boating course fills all the same requirements and is a better choice for adults and younger teens. A minimum of 8 hours of instruction is mandatory for young boaters 18 years and under, who operate any type of propelled boat in the waters of NY. This course is designed to help youngsters be safe and have fun boating. Participants who attend all the sessions and pass the written test will receive a certificate of completion and wallet-sized card which must be in the young boater's possession when operating a vessel. The course also provides required NY certification for adult operation of PWC, such as jet skis. In addition to any course fees, there is a separate fee for the NY PWC operators card.
The Young Boater's course is a
NY Parks Dept. course, but certified
Power Squadron instructors
teach it as a public service.
NY Parks official
Ro Woodard
honors Peconic Bay Power Squadron
Lenny Llewellyn
at a dock
side ceremony,
for 50 years
of teaching
safe boating to
NYS young boaters.
You must hold a safety certificate if:.
You are 10 to 18 or are born on or after 1 May 1996 & operate a motorboat in NY. (The minimum age to operate a PWC in NY is 14 and a certificate is required.)
In NY if you are less than 10 years old you may operate a motorboat (non-PWC) only if someone over 18 is on board with you. Anyone may operate a personal watercraft if someone at least 18 years old is riding on the craft and they hold a safety certificate.