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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New York License

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

There is no minimum age to take the course and you do not need to be a resident of the state. Pass the course and be certified for life!


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.  

http://licensecenter.ny.gov/nys‐adventure‐license

You are just three steps away from getting a license

online boat course

Complete Course

State-accredited online course for all ages

online boater exam

Pass The Online Exam

Unlimited re-tries

temp boater license

Go Boating

Print temporary license and start boating!

FAQs


Course

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You must be 14 years of age or older and must pass a boating safety education course before you are allowed to operate a watercraft in New York.

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Persons at least 10 years old and born on or after May 1, 1996 may operate recreational boat other than PWC only if he or she:

Passed a boating safety course approved by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and has the State Boating Safety Certificate on board or is accompanied on board by a person 18 years of age or older who either has a State Boating Safety Certificate on board or is not required to have a certificate.

Person at least 14 years old may operate a PWC only if he or she:

Has passed a boating safety course approved by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and history Preservation and is carrying the State Boating Safety Certificate on board or is accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older who holds a State Boating Safety Certificate.


No Person under 14 years of age may operate PWC.

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You must be 14 years of age or older and must pass a boating safety education course before you are allowed to operate a watercraft in New York.

Only the following are exempted in having a boating safety certificate:

Both U.S. and Canadian licensed commercial vessel operators,
State certified instructors,
Certified instructors of the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Power Squadrons,
Police/peace officers, fire/rescue personnel and lifeguards acting pursuant to their assigned duties.

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No, there is no minimum age to take this course
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No, you can do it over one sitting or as many sittings as you would like
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No, you do not need to be a resident of New York to take this course
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No, you did not fail the course and need to try again
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You need to score 76.00% to pass chapter quizzes
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There are 60 questions on the final exam.

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You need to score 76.00% to pass the final online exam
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There are quizzes at the end of each chapter in the boater education course
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No, it is not an open book exam
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Yes, you must pass the course before taking the exam
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No, we do not the materials available offline
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Yes, you must pass (the course and) the exam before you can drive a boat
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Yes, the boater education course provides a foundation for other boating courses

Certification

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No this is just a certificate that proves that you have taken a boating safety course and passed the exam.

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You can print the certificate after passing the exam and start boating. Your permanent card will be mailed within 2 to 3 weeks.

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You can print your temporary certificate from your dashboard after logging in
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Once you pass and pay for the New York boater course, you will be able to immediately print out the Certificate of Completion. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the Certificate of Completion right then, and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you.
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The New York boater education card is good for your lifetime
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No, if you took a boater education course in another state or in Canada, it will be recognized in New York
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No, you do not need to renew your boater education card. It is good for life
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You can use your temporary certificate for [60 days] to operate a personal watercraft, after which you are required to have your New York boater education card
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Starting January 1, 2020. New York is implementing a phase-in-by-age law that will require a new age group to become certified per year which requires all motorized boat and PWC operators to pass a boater safety course and to have a New York boater card by January 1, 2025.

All motorized boat operators born on or after January 1, 1993 will be required to carry the New York boater card by January 1, 2020.

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No, you do not need a proof of competency to operate a non-powered watercraft
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Your boater education from another state or Canada is proof of competency
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Yes, your boater education card can be revokable and suspendable if laws are broken
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Yes, there is a penalty for not carrying your New York boater education card while boating

Course Accreditation

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Yes, our New York boater education course is approved by the New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
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For visting boaters, all US states, US territories, Canadian provinces, and Canadian territories will recognize boater eduation cards that meet NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) and Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards that meet Transport Canada's requirements
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The phone # is 518-474-0456 and the mailing address is 625 Broadway, , Albany, New York 12207

Price & Billing

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The New York boater education course costs $24.99
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Yes, our website is secure and it is safe to enter your credit card information
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Customers can using debit and credit. We do not accept Bitcoin or other digital currencies at this time
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No, there is no annual cost
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The New York boater course is valid for your lifetime from the time of registration and payment
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Please email us your issur or concern and we will review on a customer-by-customer basis
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Yes, we have an affiliate program where we reward referrals. Below is the link for more information and to sign up: https://www.shareasale.com/shareasale.cfm?merchantID=57099
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We offer referrals through our affiliate program (https://www.shareasale.com/shareasale.cfm?merchantID=57099). We may do promotions from time to time

Replacement Documents

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You can re-print your temporary card after logging into your account, assuming you passed the course and exam

Account

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Select a course and click the "Sign Up!" button
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On the Login screen, click "Lost Password?" and follow the steps
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Please email [email protected] or call 1.888.885.8830
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No, you will not lose your progress
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You can login as many times as you would like

IT

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Yes, you can access the course on a mobile phone
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Yes, you can access the course from a desktop, mobile phone or tablet
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If you lose your internet connection, it will take you back to the point in the course you were currently at
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Yes, the course will run on any web browser
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You can take the exam on any computer that has an internet connection and a browser
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There are no videos in the course

Moving to New York

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Yes, provided it was issued from your current state of residence, and the course was approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators. Look for the NASBLA logo on your certificate.

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Yes as long as it meets the requirement set by NASBLA.

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There are no limits on how long you can drive a boat with your out of state card as long as it is recognized and approved by NASBLA.

General

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If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us directly at [email protected] or by phone @ 1.888.885.8830
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Our hours of operation are 9am-midnight EST
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We offer an official online boat course to get your boater card, which is accredited by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
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Please check out our job postings or email [email protected]

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