Boater Safety Certificates

New York State (NYS) Requires Certain Boat Operators to Have a Boating Safety Certificate

Sample Boater Safety CertificateNew 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 ( 

Who needs a boating safety certificate? 


If you were born on or after May 1, 1996 you will need a boating safety certificate. 

Personal Watercraft 

If you are a New York resident over the age of 14 who will be operating a personal watercraft, you will need to have a NYS boating safety certificate. If you are from out of state, New York recognizes the boating safety certificate issued by your home state. 

Non-Motorized Watercraft

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.