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March 31, 2006

Sheriff's Office Will Offer Four Boating Safety Courses this Spring

Oswego County Sheriff Reuel A. Todd has announced that four boating safety courses will be held beginning in April.

New York State law requires youths at least 10 years old and less than 18 years old to successfully complete the training and hold a Boater's Safety Certificate before they can operate a motorboat or personal watercraft alone. Anyone who operates a personal watercraft alone, regardless of age, must hold a Boater's Safety Certificate.

The four separate courses will be held at the Oswego County Public Safety Center, 39 Churchill Road, Oswego. The first class is April 22 and 23. The next class will be April 29 and April 30, the third on May 6 and May 7 and the final class on May 13 and May 14. Saturday classes will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday training will be from noon to 4 p.m.

Students must attend both days of their chosen training session. Pre-registration is required due to limited classroom space. The courses are open to boaters of all ages, however the minimum age allowable for students is ten years old. A parent or guardian should accompany any youths ages 10 through 17 on the first day of training to sign a permission form. There is no charge for the class.

To pre-register, contact Sharon Whipple at 349-3301 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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