A law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will require all operators of motorized boats in the state to obtain safety training through an eight-hour safe-boating course. “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,” Cuomo said.
The requirement will be put into effect over a period of years, beginning next year with all 18-year-old boaters. Courses are offered by the state Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation, U.S. Power Squadrons, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Previous law only required safety certificates for operators of personal watercraft, or for there to be someone on board with a safety certificate. The new law extends the requirement to all motorized water vessels.
If we require training for motorized vehicles on the road, it makes sense to do the same on water.