Coast Guard hosts boating safety class

TICONDEROGA - T Flotilla 15-13 hosted a Safe Boating Class at the Elks lodge in Ticonderoga recently. The Coast Guard approved training program is a requirement for anyone desiring to operate a personal watercraft and anyone under the age of 18 to operate any motorized boat.

Attention was also given to the new New York State law requiring the wearing of personal flotation equipment while on the water in a boat less than 21 feet in length Nov. 1 to April 1. This is not an option. The life jackets must be worn.

All elements of boating were covered during the eight-hour course including knowing your boat and required equipment, navigation, rules of the road and much more.

A hands-on demonstration, using small replicas on a simulated water-way was presented by auxiliary member Lance Dolbeck. He constructed the model and led the group thru a series of problems.

Safety on the water was the main theme of the course. Wearing of life jackets was repeatedly emphasized throughout the day. It was noted that 63 percent of accidents are caused by human error and 90 percent of all boating fatalities are drownings.

The class consisted of peoples ages 12 through their 60s.

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