US Coast Guard Auxiliary to Offer America’s Boating Course


v     Are you new to boating?

v     Do you need to take a boating course to operate your Personal Watercraft (PWC)?

v     Will a boating course reduce your insurance premiums?


 If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this course is for you.  The four-week class starts on Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at the Grand Island Connor Middle School Little Theater and runs from 7 - 9 PM.  Those successfully completing the course will be entered into a drawing for an Automatic Inflatable Personal Flotation Device.  The funding for the prize was provided through a grant from the National Safe Boating Council, Inc.


Topics include:

v     Know Your Boat

v     Before You Get Underway

v     Navigating the Waterways

v     Operating Your Boat or PWC … Safely

v     Legal Requirements of Boating

v     Boating Emergencies … What to Do

v     Enjoying Water Sports with Your Boat.


NOTE: If you operate or plan to operate a Personal Watercraft (PWC) in New York State waters and you are age 31 or younger on January 1, 2003, the law requires that you complete an 8 hour boating course.  By January 1, 2004, anyone operating a PWC will be required to have completed an 8-hour boating course.  This course fulfills that requirement.


Cost of course materials (including an instructional CD-ROM) is $30 + $10 testing fee payable to US Coast Guard Auxiliary.  To register, call Grand Island Community Education at (716) 773-8864 between 9 AM and 4 PM.