Boating Safety Courses Required in New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo of Albany, NY signed legislation on last friday that requires safety classes for all boat operators. The law is designed to improve safety for boaters in all of New York's waterways. It requires that all boat operators must obtain a boating safety certificate and complete eight hours of safety training.
The law will be transtioned into effect over the course of the next couple years, beginning with all 18 year-old boaters. If you live in the state of New York and you're interested in obtaining a certificate, you can visit Historical Preservation, US Power Squadrons or the US Coast Guard.
New York's waterways are some of the busiest, most thriving in the country. According to Cuomo, the goal of the new law is to ensure that they remain safe for all boat operators and passangers.
"This legislation will make sure that those who operate any kind of boat have the necessary training and experience and they are aware of the risks and proper protocol for handling their vessels."
Previous laws in New York have only required the operator of a personal watercraft to obtain a boating safety certificate or to be joined on the vessel by a person over 18 with a safety certificate. The new law extends this ruling to all motorized water vessels.
"This new law will enable New York State to protect its waterways and save countless lives," Senator David Carlucci of NY said. "We have a framework in place that will ensure that every New Yorker will be properly educated and only the most experienced boaters allowed to navigate our waters."
The law has been met with overwhelming praise from other New York state representatives.
Assembly Member Sandy Galef said, “My heart goes out to the families of those injured and killed in recent tragedies on the Hudson River, the Long Island Sound and elsewhere. They continue to experience profound anguish, which no one should have to suffer. Thankfully, with the signing of this bill into law, we will start to see the end of boating operators with no training endangering themselves, those on the boat with them, and other boaters. I have no doubt that this new law will ensure that boat operators receive an appropriate education, helping to prevent and decrease the number of boating accidents on New York’s beautiful waterways. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for signing this landmark legislation.”