April 6, 2014

Boating safety courses announced

PLATTSBURGH — “About Boating Safely” classes will be offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-8 of Plattsburgh over the next three months at the South Plattsburgh Fire Department on Route 22.

“Warmer weather will be approaching and this is the perfect time to get ready for the upcoming boating season on Lake Champlain,” said Peggy Burgess, flotilla commander. “There is a lot of safety information boaters should know that can make their time on the water more enjoyable.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed new legislation last year that requires all powerboat operators to pass an eight-hour safety course. This goes into effect May 1 and initially applies to powerboat operators 18 or younger. This will be phased in over a period of years to include all boat operators of all ages, including adults.

Taking an “About Boating Safely” classroom course or one of the online boat safety courses adopted by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will satisfy New York state requirements for mandatory boater education.

The course includes a wide variety of information, including general information about boats and maintenance; information on preparing for safe and enjoyable outings; navigation rules and aids to navigation; guidelines for operating your boat or personal watercraft (PWC) safely; what to do in case of boating emergencies; and regulations for New York and Vermont waters.

The information applies to all recreational watercraft, powerboats, PWCs or jet skis, sailboats, rowboats and kayaks. This course satisfies the requirements for PWC operation and has been approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators.

Remaining class times are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, and Thursday, May 1; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17; and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 5.

There is a charge of $30 for the study booklet, certificate and wallet card.

For more information and to register, contact Robert Shivokevich at 493-7251 or

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