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Study Guide for Public Vessel Operators License (pdf) - a Public Vessel is defined as any vessel that operates on the waters of New York not under Coast Guard jurisdiction, carrying passengers in exchange for compensation. This study guide will tell you everything you need to know to study for your operators license.

Safeguard New York (pdf) - how you can help protect New York's coasts, rivers, bridges, tunnels, ports, ships, military bases, and waterside industries.

Cold Water Immersion (pdf) - this brochure discusses the dangers of sudden immersion into cold water.

Vessel Noise Laws (pdf) - everything you need to know to keep your vessel legal when it comes to noise level.

Vessel Equipment Guide (pdf) - a quick reference guide to the equipment you should be carrying aboard your vessel while boating in New York.

Kayak & Canoe Guide to Long Island State Parks (pdf) - a guide to state parks on Long Island offering access for canoe and kayak enthusiasts.

Recommended Practices for Rowing Clubs (pdf) - developed in association with the US Rowing Association, this simple guide offers some tips for safe and enjoyable crewing or sculling experience.

PFD Laws of New York (pdf)

Life Jacket Fortune Teller (pdf) - An update on the classic Cruncher Fortune Teller that will test your knowledge of life jackets.

Archived Publications

Regulatory Forms

If you cannot open these forms, please call (518) 474-0445 and a copy will be mailed to you.

Other Boating Safety Resources