Time to Play in the Water – New York State DEC Offers Free Boating Safety Course

Ziggy in Mirror LakeA New York Safe Boating Course will be conducted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement on Saturday, June 18th, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, at the DEC Region 5 Headquarters in Ray Brook, New York.

The New York Safe Boating Course is an introductory level course in boating and personal watercraft safety. It will be presented in eight hours of classroom training to teach boaters the fundamentals of safe boating operation. This course is approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators.

There is no fee to take the course. Upon successful completion the instructor will issue students a Temporary Boating Safety Certificate valid for 90 days. Anyone age eighteen or over can send the Office of Parks and Recreation $10 to obtain their permanent Boating Safety Certificate.

Who needs a boating safety certificate? Anyone who operates a personal watercraft (JetSki) and anyone age ten through seventeen who operates a motorized boat.

Students must be at least 10 years of age by the date of the class. Preregistration is required as class size is limited. Call the DEC Office of Public Protection during regular business hours at 518-897-1303 for more information or to register.

Momma and baby ducks on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid

Baby ducks participating in their introductory water safety course, conducted by Momma duck.

As you can see in today’s featured photos, boaters should remember cute puppies also like to play in the water and duck families are working on their water skills, so be aware and boat with care!

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