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Free boater safety course offered in May

A free boater safety course will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. May 4 and 5 at Woodlawn Beach, S-3580 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell.

The course, sponsored by Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon in partnership with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, will allow boaters to meet the requirements of a new state law that took effect in 2014. The law specifies that individuals who were born on or after May 1, 1996, who are at least 10 years of age, must successfully complete an 8-hour boating course to be able to operate a powered/motor boat. It also restricts those under 14 years old from operating personal watercraft, such as JetSkis or SeaDoos.

Registrants must attend both sessions of the two-day course in order to be eligible for a boating safety card. The course is free, but the certificate is not. Students 18 years and older will be required to pay a $10 fee to receive their boating safety certificate, which are permanent and do not expire.

“These courses are very important and spaces will fill up fast. Please make sure you RSVP as soon as possible,” said Dixon.

For additional information or to register, contact Legislator Dixon at 858-8671 or via e-mail at