Safe Boating Week and Boaters Safety Courses Offered

With the boating season of 2015 approaching, the Town of Huntington will be hosting two "FREE" one-day eight-hour New York State Boaters Safety Courses at Huntington Town Hall in on Saturday, April 18th from 9:00 am to 5 pm and Saturday, May 16th from 9 am to 5 pm. Those attending these two classes will learn the fundamentals of safe boating such as safe loading & operation, navigation rules, getting underway and accidents & emergencies and much more.

Two years ago, N.Y. State passed a law that requires boaters to take a safety course before operating in local waters. According to the legislation, the safety certifications may be administered through such agencies as the United States Power Squadrons, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Those who violate this law face fines of $250, $500 or $1,000 for first, second or third offences respectively. The law also requires all boaters born on or after May 1st 1996 to have a boating safety certificate to operate a power vessel.

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The Greater Huntington Council of Yacht & Boating Clubs’ 3rd Annual Huntington Safe Boating Week Festival will kick off on Sunday, May 17th at Mill Dam Park in Halesite with a Nautical Flea Market. The Greater Huntington Council of Yacht & Boating Clubs’ Huntington Safe Boating Week Program is supported by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the United States Coast Guard Post at Eaton’s Neck, the Huntington Harbor Master’s Office, Suffolk County Police Marine Division, the Neptune Sail and Power Squadron and the local Village Harbor Masters and fire departments.

To register, or for additional information, please call the Harbormaster’s office at 631-351-3256.