Boat The Foundation offers a free online boating safety course.
If you were born on or after January 1, 1993, you must obtain a boating safety certificate to operate a power boat in New York State. The age requirements will increase each year until motorized operators of all ages are required to have a certificate from January 1, 2025.
In addition, anyone of any age must obtain a Boater Safety Certificate to operate a personal motorized watercraft, such as a JetSki.
Information about the BoatU.S program. are available at www.boatus.org/newyork. New York State regulations are available at https://parks.ny.gov/recreation/boating/education.aspx.
New state archery range opens
The Saratoga Sand Plains Archery Range is now open.
The shooting range, located in the town of Wilton in Saratoga County, will provide recreational opportunities for archery hunters and archers, from beginner to expert.
It is the first archery range of the Department of Environmental Conservation. The 50-meter range has 16 targets, including eight adult lanes from 15 to 50 meters; four lanes reserved for young people from five to 20 meters and four shooting ranges raised up to 40 meters simulating shooting from trees.
The range will be open all year round. Information is available on the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24418.html.