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

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Approved by NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

New York Adventure License Program  

If you love to spend time on New York's waterways, make it easier to carry on  the tradition of boating safely.  After successful completion of this course, in  just a few easy steps, you can choose to have your certification noted, as an  anchor icon, on your NY Driver’s License or other identification document  issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The advantage is that you  no will longer need to carry your boating safety certificate with you when  boating, provided you have your driver’s license with you.  

For more information click on the link below to be taken to New York’s  Adventure license web page.‐adventure‐license

You are just three steps away from getting a license

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State-accredited online course for all ages

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1. Do you need a boating license to drive a boat in New York?

All boaters born on or after May 1, 1996 need a New York Boater Education Card to be an operator of a recreational motorized vessel within New York waterways


2. How long does it take to complete the course?

As required by NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators), the course takes 3 hours


3. Do you have to be a resident of New York to take the course?



4. Do you have to complete the course in one sitting?

No, the course can be completed at your own pace, across as many settings as you would like

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