Antique Boat Museum, Alexandria Bay Coast Guard hosting virtual boater safety course this summer

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CLAYTON, N.Y. (WWTI) — Looking to get out on the water this summer? You might need to take a boaters safety course.

The Antique Boat Museum and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 1-6 in Alexandria Bay announced their collaboration to offer the Auxiliary’s nationally recognized boater safety courses this summer. However, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the eight-hour course will be offered virtually.

These courses are required under Brianna’s Law for those of specific ages wishing to operate a motorized water vessel.

Additionally, all boaters will be required to have a boating safety certificate regardless of their age by January 1, 2025.

Until 2025, Safe boating certification is required in New York State on the following schedule:

Born on or afterNeed to be certified to operate a motorized vessel by
January 1, 19882022
January 1, 19832023
January 1, 19782024

Boater safety courses will be held starting in June 2021. They will take place Mondays through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during one week out of every month. The schedule is as follows:

  • Session 1: June 21 to June 24, 2021
  • Session 2: July 19 to July 22, 2021
  • Session 3: August 23 to August 26, 2021
  • Session 4: September 20 to September 23, 2021
  • Session 5: October 18 to October 21, 2021

All students will be required to have a computer or tablet with internet access, a front functioning webcam and a microphone. Materials for the course are included in tuition and can be picked up at the Antique Boat Museum or emailed as a PDF.

Registration for any of the courses can be completed on the Antique Boat Museum website.

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