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Free Boater Safety Course meets new NYS law requirements


OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

Last week, Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon stopped by the Hamburg Senior Center to pass out flowers as a special gift ahead of Mother’s Day.

Mill and overlay work on McKinley Parkway from Willet Road to Route 20 in the Town of Hamburg
In partnership with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office will hold a free Boater Safety Course that allows boaters to meet state requirements
The additional $650,000 will remove and relocate rail tracks along Route 5
Encouraging all dog, cat and ferret owners to bring their pets to a free rabies clinic next month

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon in partnership with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office will hold a free Boater Safety Course that allows boaters to meet the requirements of a new New York State law that took effect on May 1, 2014.

The course will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014 and 5 to 9 p.m.  Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at The Lodge at Woodlawn Beach, S-3580 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell. Registrants must attend both sessions of the two-day course in order to be eligible for a New York State Boating Safety Card.

The new state law specifies that individuals who were born on or after May 1, 1996, who are at least 10 years of age, must successfully complete a boating course to be able to operate a powered/motor boat.

Also, according to New York State law, operators may not operate a personal watercraft (JetSki, SeaDoo, etc.) unless they are at least 14 years of age and hold a boater safety certificate for having completed an 8-hour classroom based course of instruction.

This course is designed as a comprehensive boating safety course, teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation and has been approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators:

  • Students must be at least 10 years of age to attend the course.
  • This course requires a minimum of 8 hours of classroom instruction.
  • Students must pass a final exam with a score of 76 percent.
  • Students will receive a temporary boating safety certificate upon completion of the course.
  • Students 18 years of age and older will be required to pay a $10 fee to NYS for issuance of a permanent boating safety certificate.
  • Permanent boating safety certificates do not expire.

 

2018 course schedule is available here.