HAMMOND – The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is hosting an “About Boating Safely” class Aug. 15 and 16, at the Hammond Central School.
This course is required in New York State for anyone 14 years old and over who operates a personal watercraft (jet-ski).
Motor boat operators born on or after May 1, 1996 must also have a boating safety certificate and be at least 10 years of age.
This will be the only class offered in Hammond this summer and will be held Aug. 15 and 16, from 5-9 p.m. at the Hammond Central School, 51 S. Main St.
Participants must attend both nights.
The “About Boating Safely” certificate and laminated card is not mailed but is awarded at the end of the second night and is valid in New York State and all other states.
The card and/or certificate is easily replaced if lost or damaged by contacting the Ogdensburg Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla.
Classes are taught by Ogdensburg Auxiliary members who have years of experience teaching boating safety and interacting with students.
Students will be able to see and check out various safety equipment items and will receive the course text book and Federal and State rule books to keep as references.
Cost is $35 per person (a family plan is available).
Participants must preregister as space is limited, by contracting Gardner's Furniture and Flooring at 315-393-6488 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.