The Chautauqua County Office of the Sheriff will be holding four boater safety courses this spring.
There is no pre-registration required to attend any of the courses. Registration will take place at the course, and parents of attendees under the age of 18 must sight a release form. The safety courses are free to anyone age 10 to 17. Those attendees ages 18 and over will have to pay a $10 fee to New York State prior to receiving the certification card.
These classes are New York State approved boater safety classes required for anyone between 10 and 18 years to operate a motorboat and everyone age 14 and above to operate a personal watercraft or jet ski.
These courses are listed on the sheriff's office web page at www.sheriff.us and the NYS OPRHP website.
Saturday, May 4 at the Cassadaga American Legion, 228 Maple Ave., Cassadaga from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students are to bring a bagged lunch.
Saturday, May 11 at the Lawson Center, 73 Lakeside Dr., Bemus Point from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A lunch will be provided.
Saturday, May 18 at the Southwestern Middle School, 600 Hunt Rd., Jamestown from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students are to bring a bagged lunch.
Saturday, June 15 at Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, 1 N. Mullet St., Dunkirk from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A lunch will be provided.
These dates, as well as boat safety tips and laws, may be viewed at www.sheriff.us or contact the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office Marine Division at 753-4929 with any questions. Have a safe and enjoyable boating season.