February 23, 2014

Sports Shorts: February 23, 2014

‘About Boating Safely’ offered March 18, 20

PLATTSBURGH — Boaters local to Lake Champlain will be able to take a boating safety class on March 18 and 20 at the South Plattsburgh Fire Department, Rt. 22.

Called “About Boating Safely”, the course is offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-8 of Plattsburgh. Class times are from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

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. As of May 1, a boat safety course is required for power boat operators 18 or younger.

About Boating Safely 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 PWC safely; what to do in case of boating emergencies; and regulations you must follow for New York and Vermont waters.

In general, this information applies to all recreational watercraft, powerboats, PWCs or jet skis, sailboats, rowboats, canoes and kayaks.

This course satisfies the requirements for PWC operation and has been approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

There is a charge of $30 for the study booklet, certificate and wallet card. For more information, or to register, contact Robert Shivokevich at 493-7251 or

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