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Free boater safety course June 10 & 12 in Tonawanda


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Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick and the Sheriff’s Office announce that 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, June 10 and 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at Tonawanda Fire Headquarters, 44 William St., Tonawanda, NY 14150. Seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve a seat, please contact Legislator Hardwick's Legislative Office at 858-8672.

“Boating and Jet Skiing is extremely popular during the summer months with a lot of great places to navigate throughout Western New York. Enjoying recreational boating safely should be a priority of anyone who takes a boat or watercraft onto the water and this course is a great tool to review safety procedures and meet New York State requirements,” said Legislator Hardwick.

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 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.

Legislator Hardwick encourages anyone who needs to take this course, to sign up soon as spaces fill quickly.  For information, please call 858-8672 or email kevin.hardwick@erie.gov.