Grand Island, NY


US Coast Guard Auxiliary to Offer Boating Safely Course


Now that the boating season is coming to a close, what better time than right now to take a safe boating course?  When the weather improves in the spring, you will be able to get your boat ready instead of sitting in a classroom.  The four-week class starts on Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at Grand Island 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 through the National Safe Boating Council, Inc.


Ask yourself, or family members, the following questions: Are you new to boating?  Do I need to take a boating course to operate my Personal Watercraft (PWC)?  Will a boating course reduce your insurance premiums?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this course is for you.  Topics include: Know Your Boat; Before You Get Underway; Navigating the Waterways; Operating Your Boat or PWC Safely; Legal Requirements of Boating; Boating Emergencies What to Do; Enjoying Water Sports With Your Boat.  Includes instructional CD-ROM

Please note that if you operate or plan to operate a Personal Watercraft (PWC) in New York State waters and you are 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 is $30 + $10 testing fee payable to US Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

Please call the Grand Island Community Education Department at 773-8864 to register.  (Course #833)