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Safe boating class planned

— Commander Eugene H. Frost of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-13 of Crown Point has announced that Flotilla 15-13 is taking reservations for its last public boating safely course of the 2011 season.

The course will take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, at a Ticonderoga location to be announced.

This course is a federal boating safety course that is recognized in all 50 states as meeting each state’s boating safety course requirements. Typically individual state-mandated courses are not recognized across state lines.

“The USCG course we teach with the assistance of our flotilla’s seven USCG certified instructors is a valid course for all jurisdictions,” explained Bob Vannier of the flotilla. “Our graduates receive a course completion certificate as well as a pocket card that is required by all persons operating a personal water craft or wave runner in the State of New York regardless of age. Those found operating a wave runner in New York without such a certificate are subject to large fines.”

Additionally, students will learn about the different types of water craft, the safety equipment required on these vessels to assure safe operation, the rules of the road, regarding safe operation such as who must give way under varying operating conditions, how to dock a boat, how to trailer a boat, and what various aids to navigation mean and how to read a chart.

Students will receive books explaining Federal rules and New York rules of boating as well as information regarding unique rules for Lake George.

To register call Flotilla Staff Officers John Frost at 585-9034 or Dave Iuliano at 585-7030.

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