By 2025, all operators of power boats in New York State will be required to have a boating safety course under their belt or face a possible fine.
The legislation, called Brianna’s Law, was signed into law and goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020. The law will be phased in over five years.
Currently, state law only required those born after May 1, 1996, to complete a boater safety course in order to drive a motor boat.
The new law expands that requirement. Under the 5-year, phase-in plan, all motor boat operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1993 must complete a safety course to operate a motor boat beginning in 2020. Those born after Jan. 1, 1988 must complete a safety course beginning in 2022. Those born on or after Jan. 1, 1983 must complete a safety course beginning in 2023. Those born on or after Jan. 1, 1978 must complete a safety course beginning in 2024.
The requirement would extend to all motor boat operators beginning in 2025, regardless of age.
Our eight (8) hour instructor led class will prepare you to take the written exam to earn your NYS Boating Safety Certificate
New York State Boating Safety Certificate