Safe boating class. Photo courtesy/U.S. Coast Guard

The Boating Times of Long Island has very timely article on the new boating-education requirements for boaters in Suffolk County, Long Island.

Among the most frequently asked questions (and answers) regarding the new rules are:

Q: What waters are subject to the new regs?

A: If it flows in, through or by Suffolk County, it counts.

Q: Do boaters need to carry the certifcate with them?

A: The certificate needs to be onboard, and must apply to the helmsman, if and when the boat is stopped by law enforcement.

Q: What penalties can ensue if the boater is not certified?

A: First offense: $250. Second offense: $500. Third offense is considered a misdemeanor and the fine is $1,000 per offense.

To read more:

Boating Times


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