NEW YORK STATE PARKS AND RECREATION


NEW CHANGES FOR SAFER BOATING

HAVE YOU TAKEN A BOATING SAFETY COURSE?

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Brianna’s Law


Requires all motorboat operators to complete a boating safety course. New age requirements begin January 1, 2020, with full compliance by January 1, 2025.

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The Coast Guard issued a rule on October 22, 2014 removing references to type codes in regulations on the carriage and labeling of Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (PFDs). This removed type designations, which were replaced with wearable and throwable, and affect both recreational boaters and commercial operators. These new labels have a picture and symbols indicating appropriate activity use and if the PFD is capable of turning the wearer upright in the water. All current, working USCG approved PFDs will still be acceptable to use.

TOP TIPS


Always wear your life jacket


Always use an engine cut-off safety device when you are at the helm


When tubing, waterskiing, or swimming from your boat always turn off the engine and take out the key when people are in the water, or entering or existing the boat. Neutral is not off


Ask all passengers to stay seated when the boat is in motion


Check the weather forecast and watch the sky for unexpected changes


Boat sober


Keep a sharp lookout for other boats and travel at a safe speed


Leave a Float Plan


Know and follow the “Rules of the Road”: