Tonawanda News — A free boater safety course will be offered to residents that will allow them to meet the requirements of a new law that took effect May 1.
The course will be held from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on June 24 and June 25 at the City of Tonawanda Fire Department, located at 44 William St. Participants must attend both days of training to receive the New York State Boating Safety Card.
The new state law specifies that anyone born on or after May 1, 1996 who is at least 10 years of age must complete a boating course before operating a motored or powered boat.
Boaters may also not operate a personal watercraft, such as a Jet Ski, unless they are 14-years-old and hold a boater safety certificate for having completed an eight-hour classroom based course of instruction.
Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick and the Erie County Sheriff's Office are holding the event. Those interested in attending can register by emailing Hardwick at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling him at 858-8672. Space is limited.
Students must be at least 10 years of age to attend the two-day course, and they must receive a 76 percent or better on the final exam. Participants who complete the course will receive a temporary boating safety certificate.
Those over the age of 18 will have to pay $10 for a permanent boating safety certificate, which do not expire.