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July 14, 2014

Harborfest Hosts 2nd Annual Boating Safety Course

OSWEGO - The "About Boating Safely" class returns to Harborfest for its second year. Sponsored by the Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, the one-day classis scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a lunch break at noon, on Saturday, July 26, in the McCrobie Building at 41 Lake St. in Oswego.

Among the many benefits of taking the "About Boating Safely" class is that it meets the requirements for New York State mandatory boater education. It is recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard and approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

"Any operator of a regular motor boat ages 10 to 19 must take it, and every operator of a personal water craft, regardless of age, must take it," said John Steinbarge of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. "The course provides general information about boats and maintenance, tips on being a more courteous boater, and how to make your boating experience safer and more enjoyable. It covers laws and regulations thatboaters must adhere to and may even offer a possible 10 to 20 percent boat insurance discount."

He added, "Normally, the nearest class is held in Syracuse, so having the class in Oswego during Harborfest is a great opportunity for people of Oswego County." The class is taught by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and students will receive a certificate and card valid in all 50 U.S. states and in Canada upon completion of the class that day.

The cost is $35 per person and 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to the Oswego Lighthouse Restoration Fund. Students must be at least 10 years old to take the "About Boating Safely" class. All students must register and pay no later than Tuesday, July 22.

For more information or to register, call the Oswego Harborfest Office at (315)343-6858 or stop in at the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Payment can be made by cash, credit card or check made payable to Oswego Harbor Festivals, Inc.

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