BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Sheriff’s Office to hold four boater safety courses

The Chautauqua County Office of the Sheriff will hold four boater safety courses this spring. There is no pre-registration required.

The safety courses are free to anyone ages 10 to 17. Those attendees age 18 and over will have to pay a $10 fee to the state to receive their certification card.

These classes are NYS- approved boater safety classes required for anyone between 10 and 18 years old to operate a boat, (motorboat), and everyone age 14 and above to operate a personal watercraft (jet ski.)

This course is also now required for anyone born after May 1, 1996 to operate any vessel in NYS. Anyone born prior to May 1, 1996 is exempt from this requirement unless they plan to operate a personal watercraft.

Registration will take place at the course and parents of attendees under the age of 18 must sign a release form. These courses are also listed on the sheriff’s office web page at www.sheriff.us, and the NYS OPRHP website.

On May 3, the course will be held at the Lawson Center, 73 Lakeside Drive, Bemus Point. The course starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. A lunch will be provided.

On May 10, the course will be offered at the Cassadaga Fire Hall, 22 Miller Place, Cassadaga. The course starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Students are to bring a bagged lunch.

On May 17, the course will be held at the Southwestern Middle School, 600 Hunt Road, Jamestown. The course starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Students are to bring a bagged lunch.

On May 31, the course will be offered at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, 1 N. Mullet St., Dunkirk. The course starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Students are to bring a bagged lunch.