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March 11, 2008

Boating Safety Classes to be Held

Oswego County Sheriff Reuel A. Todd has announced that three Boating Safety Courses will be held beginning in April 2008.

There is no charge for the training. A parent or guardian must accompany any youths ages 10 through 17 to the classroom on the first day of the course to sign a parental permission form.

New York State Law requires boaters to hold a safety certificate if:

  • You operate a personal watercraft and are at least 14 years of age. Until January 1, 2009, those operators age ten (10) through thirteen (13) that have a boating safety certificate may continue to operate a PWC if they are accompanied by:

    • someone over 18 years of age and

    • within 500 feet on another personal watercraft or vessel and

    • within sight of the personal watercraft and

    • holding a safety certificate of their own.

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

  • If you are less 10 years old you may operate a motorboat (non-PWC) only if someone over 18 or someone between the ages of 10 and 18 who holds a safety certificate, is on board with you. Anyone may operate a personal watercraft if someone at least 18 years old is riding on the craft and they hold a safety certificate.

Two courses will be at the Oswego County Public Safety Center, 39 Churchill Road, Oswego as follows:

April 19, 2008, 9 AM to 1 PM
April 20, 2008, 12 noon to 4 PM

April 26, 2008, 9 AM to 1 PM
April 27, 2008, 12 noon to 4 PM

One course will be at the Central Square Fire Department, 687 N Main Street, Central Square as follows:

May 3, 2008, 9 AM to 1 PM
May 4, 2008, 12 noon to 4 PM

Students must attend both days of their chosen training course to complete the program.

Pre-registration is required and class size will be strictly limited due to available space. Interested students can register by contacting Jennifer Bertollini weekdays from 8 AM to 4:30 PM at 349-3259.

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