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Keep Young Boaters Safe in 2019; Safety Certification Course Offered

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New York Sea Grant is taking registrations for the free, all-in-one-day Young Boater certification training to be offered on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 9 am to 5 pm in Syracuse, N.Y., at the Central New York Boat Show at the New York State Fairgrounds. 

Anyone born after May 1, 1996, must pass an approved boater safety course to legally operate a motorboat or personal watercraft on NY waters. The February 16th class is for ages 10 to17 and includes a same-day proctored exam with U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21 personnel. Pre-registration is required, contact New York Sea Grant at 315-312-3042.

Each youth registering for the February 16 Young Boater course will receive 3 free admission passes to the 2019 Central New York Boat Show, the State's largest and oldest boat show, with more than 500 boats of all styles; water recreation equipment; marine accessories; boating and fishing guides; yacht clubs; and exhibits by waterfront destinations and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Visitors to the Boating Information Center at the show will see the 2019 edition of the award-winning New York Sea Grant Discover Clean and Safe Boating educational vessel with information on approved life jackets, boating safety, and voluntary watercraft inspection to help slow the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The 2019 Central New York Boat Show hours are 1-9 pm on Thursday, February 14th and Friday, February 15th; 10 am-9 pm on Saturday, February 16th; and 10 am-5 pm on Sunday, February 17th. Show admission is $10 per person; 13 and younger free. Free parking and shuttle provided. Learn more at

To learn more about New York Sea Grant, a ,National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, visit To learn more about U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21, visit

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