Boater Safety

Jet Ski

ALL Jet Ski (PWC=Personal Water Craft) operators
must complete a NYS Safe Boating Class.

You must hold a NYS Boater Safety Certificate if:

  • You operate a personal watercraft, regardless of your age, in New York State.
  • You wish to operate a motorboat (including personal watercraft) and you are at least 10 years old and less than 18 years old.
  • If you are less 10 years old you may operate a motorboat (non-PWC) only if someone over 18 or someone between the ages of 10 and 18 who holds a safety certificate, is on board with you.
  • Anyone may operate a personal watercraft if someone at least 18 years old is riding on the craft and they hold a safety certificate.
A PWC is subject to all the laws that motor boat operators must follow, as well as:
  • You may not ride within 500 feet of a marked swim area except when going directly to or from a launch site. Speed is restricted to 10 MPH.

  • In New York State, speed is limited to 5 MPH when within 100 feet of the shore, a dock, pier, raft, float, or an anchored or moored boat.

  • You may not ride between sunset and sunrise and times of restricted visibility.

  • Weaving in and out of traffic, jumping boat wakes, splashing others is dangerous and illegal.

  • You must carry your boating safety certificate on board.

Boater Safety - NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
New York State Boating Course manual

To report a violation of these rules, call the State Police in Gouverneur. 287-2311