blogger John Skinner reports on the new Suffolk County, New York, law that requires all Suffolk County residents boating on Suffolk County waters to take a boating-safety course and have the safety certification onboard. Part of the law reads:

No resident of Suffolk County shall operate a pleasure vessel upon the waters of Suffolk County unless the operator is the holder of a boating safety certificate issued by the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; by the United States Power Squadrons; by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary; or by any entity that offers a boating course that meets the standards set by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators.

The bottom line, according to Skinner, is that boaters in Suffolk County can apparently can fulfill the safety-course requirement free and online via NASBLA-approved programs, which includes the BOAT/US course, available here.

Read more of Skinner’s blog here.

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