A new law takes effect next year that requires some people to take an eight-hour boating course.
The New York Sea Grant's Dave White says the law applies to all personal watercraft operators and all boat operators born after May 1996.
The law goes into effect in May 2014.
White says it's better to take the course before next year's boating season because, by then, most of the instructors will be out on the water and unavailable to teach.
A complete list of courses can be found on the New York State Parks and Recreation website.
You can call the Sea Grant a 315-312-3042 for more information.
Thursday, February 11, 2016, Watertown, NY