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Chautauqua County sheriff holding boat safety classes in May

MAYVILLE – Boat safety classes required by the State of New York for anyone ages 10 to 18 planning to operate a motorboat and anyone 14 or older who plans to use jet skis will be conducted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Marine Division four times in May.

No pre-registration is required for the courses which are free to anyone aged 10 to 17 who must bring a release form from the parents.

Anyone 18 or older taking the one of the required eight-hour courses will have to pay the state government $10 to get the required certification card which confirms they took the course. The course is required of anyone born after May 1, 1996. Under state-imposed rules anyone born before May 1, 1996 is exempt from taking the boating safety course, unless they plan to use Jet Skis, also known as personal watercraft.

The course will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday the course will be offered at the Lawson Center, 73 Lakeside Drive, Bemus Point. On May 9 the course will be taught at the Cassadaga Fire Hall, 22 Miller Place, Cassadaga. On May 16 the course will be staged at the Southwestern Middle School, 600 Hunt Road, Jamestown. On May 30 the course will be staged at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, 1 N. Mullet Street, Dunkirk. Lunches will be provided at Saturday’s session and on May 30, but persons attending the May 9 and May 16 sessions will have to bring their own bagged lunches.

Registration will take place the morning of each of the sessions.

Parents of teens can download the release forms that they must sign for youngsters ages 10 through 17 at the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s website,

Further information on the boating safety course can be obtained by calling the sheriff’s Marine Division office at 716-753-4929.