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Boating safety classes slated in Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH - Guidelines to safe boating will be offered at two special classes this month by the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Boating on Lake Champlain is a popular summer activity but, like any other recreational sport, there can be dangers. A course called "About Boating Safely" will be offered for two evenings Aug. 30-31 at the Old Base Marina.

Certificates of completion will be awarded to participants after a brief exam. This course satisfies New York State requirements for mandatory boater education for personal watercraft (PWC) operators. The course is offered and presented by Plattsburgh Flotilla 15-08, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

"We're at the peak of the boating season and we consider this safety course essential for recreational boaters, whether you own a powerboat, sailboat, PWC, canoe or kayak," said Carl Duford, Vice-Flotilla Commander.

Topics covered include preparations to make before you leave the dock; use of charts and navigation rules; how to handle emergencies; state-specific laws and regulations for New York and Vermont, and much more.

The cost of the course is $30 per individual, which includes instruction and the "About Boating Safely" booklet. The course will be held two nights, from 5:30-9:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 30-31.

For information about registering now and directions to the Old Base Marina, contact Carl Duford at 643-0956.

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