New York State provides boating safety certificates to those individuals who successfully complete a New York State Safe Boating Classroom Course. New York State also recognizes the safety certificates issued by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the US Power Squadron and the US Powerboating. Boating Safety Certificates from several online course providers are approved for New York State residents, such as BoatUS Foundation (boatus.org).
Under a new law, known as Brianna's Law, all motor boat operators:
Anyone operating a Personal Watercraft (JetSki™, Wave Runner™, etc.) must have a boating safety certificate, and be at least 14 years of age or older.
Operators of sailboats, kayaks, stand up paddle-boards, rowboats, canoes and any other watercraft without a motor are not required to have a boating safety certificate to be on the water. However, it is recommended to take a boating course.