NY Safe Boating Course Offered on Fishers

New York State announced that completing a Safe Boating Course is mandatory for anyone operating a motorboat as of May 2014.

This summer the Fishers Island Community Center (FICC) is again hosting the New York Safe Boating Course in July.  It will be given over 2 sessions – Wednesday and Thursday, July 12 and 13, 2017 from 8:00am – 12:00pm. The fee for the course is $10.00.

If you have already completed a Safe Boating Course in any state you are covered.  If not, take the opportunity to enroll in the 8-hour course offered on island at the FICC by contacting the instructor Elby Burr at elbyburr@comcast.net or (631) 788-7475. Please sign up as soon as possible. The State requires a class size must be between 6 and 30 students.

Please note:

  • Students under the age of 10 are not allowed to take the course.
  • The class program has very good projected visuals and it follows the booklet passed out to each student upon sign in.
  • If the class is started by a student and is not finished, he or she must take it over.
  • The course has a safety focus, as well as a large group of water, boat and navigations terms, which need to be absorbed in order to have a good test score.

The course is being offered by the Fishers Island Harbor Committee and has been for the past 13 years. They are very happy to be able to use the facilities at the FICC. Elby Burr is a licensed NYS instructor and has given this class as Chairman of the Fishers Island Harbor Committee for that period. Many of Fishers Island’s young residents and summer owners and renters have taken this course. The Fishers Island Harbor Committee hopes the state will eventually mandate that all adults who are water bound take the course also.

In addition, in his January 2014 State of the State address Governor Cuomo announced a new program that would allow for certain permits, certificates, and licenses to be indicated on documents, such as a driver’s license and learner’s permit, issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. This will include an anchor symbol indicating that the holder of that document has completed the New York Safe Boating Course.

For more information on the New York Safe Boating Course please visit: http://nysparks.com/recreation/boating/ and http://nysparks.com/recreation/boating/safety-courses.aspx

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