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Legislator Dixon offers free Boater Safety Course - May 20 & 21


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Jet SkiErie County Legislator Lynne Dixon announces a free Boater Safety Course will be held to provide attendees the necessary instruction to receive a New York State Boating Safety Certificate.

 

Attendees must attend both four-hour classes to complete the required eight hours of classroom instruction and receive their certificate. The course is being offered from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 20 and 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at the Lodge at Woodlawn Beach, located at Route 5 and Milestrip Expressway in Blasdell. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, please contact Legislator Dixon's Legislative Office at 858-8671.

 

“Through a partnership with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Hamburg Police Department, we are able to offer this course free of charge and help attendees meet the necessary requirements to receive their required certificate and to be safe on the water this summer,” said Legislator Dixon.

 

NYS Boater Safety Certificates are required for the following reasons:

  • 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.
  • Youths who are at least 10 but less than 18 years of age may not operate a motor boat without adult supervision unless the youth holds a boating safety certificate.

 

The course is being presented by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Hamburg Police Department and will cover the following subjects: proper equipment, the rules of the water, buoys, safe operation, accidents and special activities.

 

Although the course is free, there will be a $10 fee, for persons 18 and older, for processing a permanent boating safety certificate with the New York State Department of Parks. Anyone caught boating without a safety certificate may face fines and/or imprisonment.

 

The course is being held during National Safe Boating Week. For additional information about boating in NYS, please visit http://nysparks.com/recreation/boating.

 

Legislator Dixon encourages anyone who needs to take this course, to sign up soon as spaces fill quickly.  For information, please call 858-8671 or email lynne.dixon@erie.gov