Harborfest Hosts Annual Boating Safely Course

OSWEGO – The “About Boating Safely” class returns to Oswego Harborfest for its third year.

The one-day class is sponsored by the Brookfield Renewable Energy Group and runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a lunch break at noon, on July 26.

Coast Guard Auxiliary.The class will be located at the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake St.

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.

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

Steinbarge added, “Normally, the nearest class is held in Syracuse. So, so having the class in Oswego during Harborfest is a great opportunity for the 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 class.

All students must register and pay no later than July 23.

For more information or to register, call the Oswego Harborfest Office at (315) 343-6858 or stop in at the McCrobie Building.

Payment can be made by cash, credit card or check made payable to Oswego Harbor Festivals, Inc.