| Where can I get my New York Boater Education Card? (otherwise known as a Boating & JetSki License)
- Take the safe boating exam on the Internet by visiting www.safeboatingnewyork.org
Access the FREE online study guides and take the online course FREE of charge- Pay ONLY if you pass the test!
To operate a PWC/JetSki:
In New York State education is mandatory for all personal watercraft (PWC) operators. All personal watercraft operators must successfully complete an approved boating safety course before they can operate a PWC on any waters of New York. All PWC operators must be a minimum of 14 years old - no one under the age of 14 may operate a PWC.
To operate a boat:
|If you were born on or after:||You will need a boating safety certificate when operating a motorized vessel in:|
January 1, 1993
January 1, 1988
January 1, 1983
January 1, 1978
|All operators of motorized vessels, regardless of age, will need a boating safety certificate by January 1, 2025.|
Students must be at least 10 years old to take the New York boating safety course. Persons under the age of 10 are not allowed to operate a boat alone.
Step 1Study the New York State Boating Course ManualCost: FREE Covers 100% of the exam materialStudy the boating safety course online, or print it and study offlineAll the required study material is available for FREE at www.safeboatingnewyork.org(We encourage you to study the material fully before attempting the exam.) Step 2Take the New York Online Boating Exam - Pay only if you pass! 50 Questions (multiple choice) 76% needed to pass No time limit Review any wrong answers Step 3
Print a Temporary Certificate IMMEDIATELY Go boating right away! Your official New York State Boating Safety Education Course Certificate is automatically mailed to your home.