OSWEGO, NY – For the first time ever, the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting a New York State Certified “About Boater Safety” course during Harborfest.
The class will take place on July 27 in the McCrobie Building.
There may be an additional class on Sunday depending on the number of people that signed up in advance of the July 24 registration deadline.
This boater safety course is made possible by Brookfield Renewable Energy and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Oswego Harbor Lighthouse Restoration Fund.
The class being taught covers all types of boating with primary emphasis on motorized pleasure craft and personal water craft.
The course is approved by the US Coast Guard and the National Association State Boating Law Administrators.
New York State navigation law requires eight hours of class room instruction with a proctored examination.
There are fifty questions and a score of 80% is required for passing.
Successful completion of this course satisfies all NYS requirements for both youthful operation of motor boats and PWC.
A completion certificate and wallet size card will be issued upon successful completion.
There are no federal requirements for safe boater education.
NY State requires the following to take an approved course and carry the card when operating:
Regular Motor Boat – All youth between ages of 10 and 18.
Personal Water Craft (PWC) – Everyone regardless of age or state of residence. (Note the minimum age for PWC operator is 14.)
Registration deadline is July 24.
The cost per student is $35. To sign up with check or credit card, call Harborfest’s “About Boater Safety” class registration number at 315-342-7120.
Upon payment, course materials will be mailed to the registrant’s address.