Wear Requirements for Personal Flotation Devices
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Every pleasure vessel operated upon the waters of New York must carry at least one USCG approved Type I,II or III Personal Flotation Device (PFD), or fife jacket as they are more commonly known, for each person on board. All life jackets on your vessel must be:

  • Serviceable - free of rot, tears, punctures, waterlogging and all straps functional;
  • Readily accessible - quickly reachable in an emergency situation, never kept in plastic bags or under lock and key;
  • Appropriate size for the intended wearer - check the USCG approval label for information on the intended user for a particular PFD.


Vessel Safety Checks
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is performed at your boat − ranging in locations from boat to your driveway. A vessel safety check usually takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending upon the size of your boat

US Coast Guard to release boating safety app
Saturday, June 6, 2015


The Coast Guard is scheduled to release its first boating safety App Saturday as the kickoff to this year's National Safe Boating Week.


Buffalo Harbor Ready for Season
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) today welcomed visitors to Buffalo Harbor State Park on the Buffalo Outer Harbor, where the first phase of a $15 million transformation will be complete by Memorial Day and parking will remain free throughout the summer. 

New York State to Offer Internet-Based Safe Boating Education Course
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Online course makes it more convenient to satisfy boating education requirements . The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) today announced that boaters and personal watercraft operators can now obtain a boating safety certificate by successfully completing an approved online course. Until now, the only option for the 20,000 people seeking a boating safety certificate in New York each year was to complete an eight-hour classroom-based course.