Online Boater Safety Option

New York State has introduced a new option for boater safety.  Two vendors have been approved to provide online access to the boater safety curriculum. 

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Permanent Boater Safety Certificates

Notice From New York State to Law Enforcement Agencies Regarding the Timely Issuance of Permanent Boater Safety Certificates (Important to Members Who Completed Courses During the Summer Of 2014 And Have Not Received A Permanent (Plastic) Card):

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New Regulations to Combat Invasives

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued new regulations effective IMMEDIATELY to require boaters using DEC boat launch sites to inspect and take actions to clean invasive species from their boats prior to launching.

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Enrollment In GSLA-Sponsored Boater Safety Classes

The GSLA is a not-for profit Association with limited fiscal and personnel resources. Lake community residents benefit from many of GSLA lake-wide activities i.e. high school citizenship awards, prom activities, contributions to local causes. However, GSLA members have the added benefit of access to our FREE NYS Boater Safety courses.

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Boat Registration

Every type of motorized craft that is capable of being used as a means of transportation on the water must be registered whether the purpose is recreational or commercial.

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Persons Required to Complete A Safety Course

The law in New York requires the following people to have a Boater Safety Certificate. Anyone who is at least 14 years of age and wishes to operate a personal watercraft (PWC). Anyone who is at least 10 years of age, but less than 18 years old and wishes to operate a motor boat (not a PWC) without adult supervision." As of May 1, 2014 - "No person born on or after May first...

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Acceptable Certificates

Boating safety certificates issued by the following organizations are legal in New York State. The United States Power Squadrons. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary. A boating safety certificate issued to a resident of another state or country...

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