The New York Senate and Assembly are considering legislation that would require all boat operators in the Empire State to complete a boating safety course within one year.
BoatUS is calling on members to reject the bill — S.B. 9092 and A.B. 9806a — which would make it necessary for everyone to meet the requirement that now only extends to those born after May 1996.
While Boat Owners Association of The United States supports boater education, these bills will have an adverse impact on boating in New York, according to BoatUS.
The bills’ proposed expansion to require education for all New York boaters within such a short time period would be nearly impossible to meet, according to BoatUS.
With a limited number of approved instructors, expansion of classes to meet demand will be a challenge.
BoatUS is asking New York residents to reach out to members of Congress on the issue.