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September 30, 2013

New law to require boating safety training

A law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday will require all boaters in the state to obtain safety training, according to a media release from the governor’s office. 

The law requires all boat operators to obtain a boating safety certificate by completing an eight-hour safe boating course. 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation to improve safety for boaters in New York’s waterways by requiring safety classes for all boat operators. 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.

In a statement in the media release, Cuomo hailed the law as a way to make boating more safe. 

“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. 

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