Course can help all boaters stay safe
It’s that time of the year when many people are able to get out and enjoy the wonderful recreational opportunities that exist in New York state. Our many scenic lakes, rivers, roads and trails are being used now more than any other time of the year. With the increase in traffic comes the risk for accidents that can destroy a vacation. Accidents are usually caused by: lack of education and training, carelessness or operating equipment while impaired by drugs or alcohol. The United States Coast Guard reported alcohol use was the leading contributing factor in boating fatalities last year. Remember that the same laws for drunk driving on land apply to driving on the water.
Everyone who is going to operate a boat should take a safe-boating course. For New York state safe-boating courses and youth certification, contact the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The next class in Hamilton County is Friday at Inlet Town Hall, 160 Route 28, Inlet. Call (315) 723-9041. This class will be for adults and children There will be no cost for this class. If you are 18 or older, you will be required to pay New York State Parks a $10 fee for your boating safety certificate. You can download a course book at www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nysparks/safeboating2013. Keep it in your boat.
The New York state Safe Boating Pledge:
- I will assist those in need and report any boating accident in which I’m involved.
- I will have USCG-approved life jackets, (in correct sizes and good condition) on board.
- I will operate in a safe and careful manner, never recklessly and never while impaired.
- I will understand and follow the rules of the road.
- I will take a boating safety course.
- I will carry the proper equipment while under way.
- I will understand and obey navigation aids.
- I will understand and follow the legal requirements for operating a personal watercraft.
- I will remember to follow the rules of safe boating, when pulling skiers or tubers, skin diving, fishing or hunting.
- I will register my motorized boat with the Department of Motor Vehicles
While enjoying your ride on land or water, remember to keep it fun and safe for you and everyone around you.
HFM Prevention Council