February 16, 2014

Public invited to attend New York Safe Boating Course

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s Marine Services Bureau invites all interested members of the public to attend a boating safety class this February.

The comprehensive boating course, which has been approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators, is scheduled over two days and is designed to teach the fundamentals of safe boating operation. Participants who attend both days will qualify to receive a New York Safe Boating Certificate.

In New York, those who must hold a boating safety certificate include: motorboat operators born on or after May 1, 1996, as per the new mandatory Motorboat Education Law; and all operators of a personal watercraft who are at least 14 years of age. 

Participants must be at least 10 years of age to take the course. There is no cost for the class, but a $10 fee for participants 18 and older will be required for a permanent certificate. Additional fees apply to take advantage of the new New York Adventure License designation on your driver license, non-driver ID or learner permit.

The course will run during February school break, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. It will be offered at 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12238. If interested, participants must pre-register by calling 474-0445. Seating is limited.

For those interested but located outside of the Capital Region, courses are available throughout the state. The course listing is updated regularly on

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