New York Boating & Jet Ski Safety Certification

New York State Safe Boater & Jet Ski Certification Class


* If you are over 18 you will be required to pay NYS Parks a $10.00 fee for your boating safety certificate.

This New York State Parks & Recreation course is approved by NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators). This Certificate is required for Boaters and anyone operating a PWC-Jet Ski in the State of New York.

Classes are held in Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Sullivan & Westchester Counties.

All Students must be at least 10 years old.

Download the NY Safe Boating Course Book Here.

New York State Safe Boater & JetSki Certification Class

New York State Safe Boater & Jet Ski Certification Class
Private Courses

Private Safety Courses
are Available

If you’re looking for a more private setting such as your office, our instructors can arrange a private class at a location and time convenient to you. Our private classes have the same course curriculum as our public classes, but we can add to our presentation topics of specific interest to your group.
  • Our Course fee will vary based on location and number of students.
  • Discounts available for groups of 15 or more.
  • All Students must be at least 10 years old.

Classes are held in Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn , Queens, Manhattan, Sullivan & Westchester Counties.

All Students must be at least 10 years old.

Download the NY Safe Boating Course Book Here.

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Course Overview

All About Boats: choosing the right boat, classification, how to measure length, basic hull designs, recreational, runabouts, cruisers, personal watercraft, canoes, kayaks, sailboats and motors types.

Legal Requirements: How to register a boat or PWC (jet ski), validation stickers, hull ID numbers, titling and registering a boat or PWC, required boating safety equipment, pfd’s, fire extinguishers, whistles and horns, visual distress signals, light requirements.

Navigation Rules: Basic safety regulations, pollution regulations, oil discharge, minimum education and age requirements for operators, water skiing regulations, navigation rules, U.S. aid to the navigation system, lateral aids, and regulatory markers.

Getting Underway: Preparation, loading, boarding, homeland security, how to file a float plan, safe boat operation, knots, anchoring, emergency repairs, maintenance, trailering, towing, launching and retrieving.

Accidents & Emergencies: Capsizing, falls overboard, collisions, running aground, emergencies, floating for survival, treading water, using clothes to float, BUI, visual distress signals, accident reporting, fire prevention, first aid.

Special Topics: Weather and water conditions, navigation, using a compass, nautical charts, water sports, diving, water skiing, sailing, personal watercraft (jet ski) operation.

  • Boat Operation
  • Boating Related Activities
  • Boats & Motors
  • Equipment
  • Fueling & Ventilation
  • Marine Environment
  • Numbering & Registration
  • Personal Watercraft
  • Rules of the Road
  • Safe Loading & Powering

Our Instructors are New York State and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Certified and spend many hours assisting Coast Guard Vessel Safety Checks and Public Education.

It's The Law

Starting January 1, 2024, NY State requires a boating safety certificate for operators of motorized vessels if you were born on or after January 1, 1978.

Starting January 1, 2025, NY State requires a boating safety certificate for ALL operators of motorized vessels, regardless of age.

All operators, regardless of age, must have a boating safety certificate to operate a personal watercraft - jetski


What our Students are

John McCarthy
2 weeks ago

Definitely helpful for newcomers

adam ernst
a month ago

William Hardy
a month ago

It was a very informative class. I've been boating for over 60 years, actually took this class when I was 14, and I learned a lot. The instructor was able to share many personal experiences that reinforced the course material. As a result of this course I will never have my motor running, in neutral, when there is someone in the water anywhere near it.

Corina Falcone
a month ago

The instructor was very knowledgeable and patient. He answered all questions and I feel I learned a lot about the "rules of the road" when on the water. I especially liked the rule the instructor's father taught him about the red and green lights...that was very helpful. Excellent class! Thank you for everything!

I would like to recommend this class to everyone who has a boat, or to anyone who goes out on the boat trips with friends. Your safety is your responsibility! Really, must have type of information. Great teacher. I enjoyed the class.

Lilly Mirkov
a month ago

Great Class! I recommend this class for getting your license but also for a refresher course! The materials and videos were excellent . Alan our instructor covered everything and answered all questions !

Jack Bentley
a month ago

Great course! I've been boating 55 yrs. and I learned things!

Alex Verardi
a month ago

Excellent course. Learned a lot of valuable information.

Regina Ochwat
2 months ago

Alan was great. Really learned a lot.would highly recommend this course.

Paul Ferranola
2 months ago

Class was very important. Instructor had great knowledge and taught us very well. I learned alot from this class. Everyone needs to take this class so much to know about. Wonderful experience

Marat Babakhanov
2 months ago

3 months ago

I have been a boater for over 10 years,taking this class with Alan who is a wealth of knowledge has taught me a lot of things I needed to learn 👍👍👍👏👏👏thank you Alan for teaching a great class 👏👏👏👏

3 months ago

Great class, very informative.

Louis DeLosSantos
3 months ago

I took my boating safety certification with NY Boating Safety. I had a blast honestly. I'm totally new to boating so I learned a ton. The instructor is top-notch. He was able to fill us in with a lot of experience in his own life. The course was worth every penny and I'd definitely recommend taking this with NY Boating Safety.

Nicole Dinis
3 months ago

Wonderful and informative class! Very thankful I was able to take the class in person to ask questions.

3 months ago

The course was very informative. Our instructor, Alan Alterman made it interesting. He is both knowledgeable and experienced. I recommend taking this course especially for NEW boaters.

Rasel Bhuyan
4 months ago

His New York safety classes for boats are top-notch. His thorough explanations not only make the exam easier but also ensure you understand crucial safety measures for navigating New York waters. I strongly recommend taking a class with him for comprehensive and effective boat safety training.

John Mendez
4 months ago

Kraig Scharn
4 months ago

Very informative

austin south
4 months ago

Didn't want to take the class due to "experience" but walked away with more knowledge. Great class for all. Please promote boat safety class to friends and family. Keep Long island water safe.

Kimberly Sullo
11 months ago

The class was very informative and taught my son and I so many lifesaving lessons. Amazing class!

Yehuda Mor
11 months ago

excellent instructor, great class.

Peter Nielsen
11 months ago

The class was well taught. I learned the skills that are needed to be a safe Boater. I would recommend this class to anyone. 5 Star Rating from me.

Danis Claros j
11 months ago

My best experience in that class it was a really nice teacher and explain everything point a to point B. Is the best place to get your your boat and JetSki license

john cush
a year ago

Informative, practical, the day goes fast

Carmen Benitez
a year ago

The instructor was excellent, and I recommend this course to everyone because it can save lives. Many people need to realize the importance of following rules, so they can prevent a tragedy from occurring. Being on a boat can be a lovely experience, but take the course so you can learn the rules and safety recommendations so it can be a wonderful experience.

Rory Sadoff
a year ago

outstanding start to finish

B Khan
a year ago

10 Stars. Amazing class & Amazing instructor. So happy I went with them.

Chris Lawlor
a year ago

Allan was very knowledgeable and helpful.

Great Class, Very informative, Instructor was friendly, personable and communicative. Answered all my questions, I left with a lot of knowledge and safety tips for safe proper Boating, Highly recommend this class.

a year ago

Flawless learning experience! Alan was an excellent teacher, the knowledge and safety practices you will learn in this class are priceless.

Frank DiMicco
a year ago

Stress free learning environment. Covered all aspects of boating concentrating on passenger and crew safety and waterway navigation .

Carl Cipriano
a year ago

Very informative & professional presentation.

Pete Vollmuth
a year ago

I took the boating safety course yesterday. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I learned and how well Alan taught the course. There was a lot of information covered that I did not know and I'm now feeling much more comfortable getting out on the bay this season. This was time well spent and the course manual is also a very good reference.