New York Boat Course

All boaters born on or after May 1, 1996 are required to complete an approved boater education course to operate a watercraft

Approved by New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

The minimum age to take the course is 10 and you do not need to be a resident of the state. Pass the course and be certified for life!

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State-accredited online course for all ages


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Frequently Asked Questions


Is it mandatory to complete a boat course in New York to drive a boat?

Are there any age or operator restrictions for driving a boat in New York?

Are senior citizens exempt from obtaining their boater education card?

What is the minimum age to take this course?

How long will it take to complete the New York boater education course?

Do I have to complete the course in one sitting?

Do I need to be a resident of New York to take this course?

I failed a chapter quiz. Did I fail the New York boater education course?

What score do I need to pass chapter quizzes?

How many questions are there on the exam?

What score do I need to pass the final online exam?

Do you have practice questions before taking the official exam?

Is it an open book exam?

Do I have take the course before I write the exam?

Do you have a soft copy of the materials so I can review it offline?

Is there a practical exam before I can start driving a boat or I just need the boater's education card?

Does passing the boater education course give me a foundation to take other boating courses?


Is it a boating safety license?

How do I get my New York boater card after completing the course?

How do I get my temporary certificate of completion?

What is the proof of online course completion?

How long is the validity of my New York boater education card?

Will boaters who have previously taken a boating safety course be required to take another course or test?

Will I ever have to renew my New York education card?

Does my temporary certificate allow me to operate any boat?

When do I need a boater education card?

Do I need proof of competency to operate a non-powered watercraft?

What is acceptable proof of competency for non-residents?

Is my boater education card revokable or suspendable?

What if I still have not received my boater education card after the expected date of delivery?

Will there be a penalty for those who have a New York boater education card, but do not carry it while boating?

Course Accreditation

Is your New York boater education course approved by the New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation?

Is your New York boater education course approved by NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators)?

Is the New York boater card accepted outside of the state?

How do I contact the New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation?

Price & Billing

What does the New York boater education course cost?

Is it safe to enter my credit card information?

What other payment options do you have aside from debit/credit card?

Is there an annual cost for the card?

How does the automatic time extension feature work?

What is your refund policy?

Do you have an affiliate network program?

Do you offer referrals or any promotions?

Replacement Documents

How do I replace my temporary New York online course completion document if I lost or damaged it?

How do I replace my New York boater card if I lost or damaged it?


How do I sign up?

What if I forget my password?

How can I change my user information?

If I log out, do I lose my progress?

How many times can I log in and out of the course?


Can I access the course on my mobile device?

Can I do part of the course on desktop and part on mobile?

What happens if I lose my internet connection while taking the exam?

Will this course run on any web browser?

What are the system requirements in order to take the exam online?

What is required to play the videos in the course?

Moving to New York

Do I need to pass a boating course when moving to New York from another state?

I have a boater card from another state. Will it be accepted in New York?

How long can I drive a boat in New York with my out of state boater card?

Where can I get more boating related information for moving to New York?


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What are your hours of operation?

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Can I help to teach the boater education course?

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