With the boating season of 2015 almost upon us, the Town of Huntington will be hosting a “FREE” one-day eight-hour New York State Boaters Safety Course at Huntington Town Hall – located at 100 Main Street in Huntington. The boating safety course will take place on Saturday, May 16th from 8:00am to 5:00pm. To register, or for additional information, please call: 631-351-3256.
This course is in support of the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht & Boating Clubs’ Third Annual Huntington Safe Boating Week Festival kicking off on Sunday, May 17th at Mill Dam Park in Halesite with a Nautical Flea Market. Those attending will learn the fundamentals of safe boating such as safe loading & operation, navigation rules, getting underway and accidents & emergencies and much more.
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.
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.