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oneilj - Posted on 17 April 2012

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, in partnership with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, will hold a free Boater Safety Course from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 7, 2012, at City of Tonawanda Fire Department, 44 William Street. Attendees must attend both nights to complete the course.


“The Tonawandas and Grand Island are prime waterfront property with many boating enthusiasts. Offering this free boater safety course helps keep everyone safe on the water this season. I encourage anyone who needs to take this course to sign up quickly as space is limited,” said Legislator Kevin Hardwick.


New York State law requires that all boaters pass an 8-hour boating safety course if:

•             You operate a personal watercraft, such as a jet ski, and are at least 14 years of age;

•             You wish to operate a motorboat (other than a personal watercraft) and you are at least 10 years old and less than 18 years old.


Subjects covered include 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.


Upon successful completion of our course, attendees will be issued a New York State Boating Safety Certificate.


Seating is limited; call Legislator Hardwick at 858-8672 to make a reservation.