Coast Guard Auxiliary
Station Fire Island

Download the White Paper on Boat Safety Maintenance. It's filled with great information

We are planning our 2020 Boating Saftey Classes for the season - click here for a printable flyer / sign up sheet

Due to the Covid -19 crisis we are putting our boating class schedule on hold. We willl reschedule our classes as soon as we are able.

Governor Cuomo Signs Brianna's Law to Strengthen Boater Safety

The measure expands an earlier law signed by Governor Cuomo that requires boaters born after May 1, 1996 to complete a safety course before operating a motorized watercraft. Under the phase-in, all motor boat operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1993 must complete a safety course to operate a motor boat beginning in 2020. Those born after Jan. 1, 1988 must complete a safety course beginning in 2022. Those born on or after Jan. 1, 1983 must complete a safety course beginning in 2023. Those born on or after Jan. 1, 1978 must complete a safety course beginning in 2024. The requirement would extend to all motor boat operators beginning in 2025, regardless of age. Failure to comply could result in a fine of between $100 and $250 under the new law that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020.


The cost will be $50 for single w/ book, $75 for double w/ one book, $100 for four w/ one book.  Additional books cost $15 each.   Sign up with a friend and or family member and get the discounted prices.  

For more infomation on any of our boating classes: contact us at (631)-647-0298 or

About Boating Safely

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Boating Safety Classes

Don't be fooled by some organizations advertising a Free course. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the only organization commissioned by the US Government to support the US Coast Guard.

Our experienced instructors make the difference between just taking the course and actually learning how to enjoy your boat, and remain safe on our waterways.

Don't believe us, check out the National statistics on your own. Click this link.

You will find that 10X more people that took the so called Free courses die in a boating accident than those that take a US Coast Guard Auxilary course.

Contact: Email the FSO_PE (Public Education Officer) to register.

About Boating Safely is an 8 hour program. This is a vital course for any boater that covers boat handling, trailering, navigation rules, VHF radio, and safe boating practices. Successful completion of this course satisfies NYS education requirements for Personal Watercraft (jet ski) operation and may qualify for boating insurance discounts.

You must be at least 10 years old to take this course. This course is required for anyone born on or after May 1, 1996. It is also required for anyone 14 years or older that wants to operate a personal watercraft. Upon a passing grade on the exam the student will receive their safety certificate.

- In order to operate a personal watercraft within New York the operator must be a minimum of 14 years of age and completed a safe boating course. All users of personal watercrafts must carry the safety certificate at all times while operating the pwc.

- You wish to operate a motorboat and you are at least 10 years old and less than 18 years old. The required boating safety certificate must be carried by the minor at all times while operating the boat.

- Individuals less then 18 years old who have not successfully completed a boating safety course may only operate a vessel while under the direct supervision of an individual who is 18 years old or older that has the boating safety certificate.

What will happen if I do not have a boating safety certificate?
If convicted of a first violation you can be fined up to $250. For a second conviction, fines and imprisonment terms increase.

Contact: Email the FSO_PE (Public Education Officer) to register.

To get more information about how joining the Coast Guard Auxilliary or take a Boating Safety Class send an email to the FSO_PE by clicking the link above.

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