Despite cancellation in recent weeks of boating safety classes across the state due to the coronavirus pandemic, new legislation requiring that all operators of motorized watercraft must complete a state-approved course course by 2025 is still a go with no changes, according to a state Parks spokesman.
Parks spokeman Dan Keefe said there are several online courses to meet the demand for a boater safety education course. See the state Parks website for a list. Prices vary from free (Boat U.S. Foundation), to $29.95 (Boaterexam.com) to $34.95 (Boat-ed.com and United States Power Squadrons).
The boating safety course legislation, Briana’s Law (S.5685/A.4853.A), was named after Brianna Lieneck, an 11-year-old Long Island girl who was killed in a 2005 boating accident. It was signed into law last summer and took effect Jan. 1.
The measure expands an earlier law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that requiring boaters born after May 1, 1996 to complete a safety course before operating a motorized watercraft.
The new law calls for the phasing in of certain age groups during the next five years. As of Jan. 1, all motor boat operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1993 must complete a safety course to operate a motor boat this season.
*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.
Failure to comply could result in a fine of between $100 and $250.
“Individual police agencies will use their discretion to enforce the law,” Keefe said.
Fees paid to the online provider of the courses that charge a fee cover the cost of your permanent certificate issued by the provider. When you finish the free course Boat U.S. Foundation, you can print your certificate on your own printer or order a printed paper certificate($8) or plastic card ($13) for a fee.
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