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Safe Boating Course May 5th at Oswego Fire Department

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In preparation of the upcoming boating season, the Oswego Fire Department has partnered with the USCG Auxiliary to host a boating safety course on May 5th.

The “It’s All About Boating Safely” course is designed for the beginner boater or watercraft user. The course will be held on Saturday May 5, from 9am-5pm at the Oswego Fire Department, and is instructed by certified personnel from the USCG Auxiliary. All boaters are encouraged to take this course to improve safety on the water.

This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete this course. Participants will receive instruction in the following topics:

Introduction to Boating – Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics.

Boating Law – Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements.

Boat Safety Equipment –Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment.

Safe Boating – Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety.

Navigation – The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC "tunnel vision."

Boating Problems – Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems.

Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat – Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC.

Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing and River Boating – Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips.

Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow stated “This is a great idea for area boaters to learn how to stay safe on our beautiful waters around Oswego. We appreciate the efforts of the USCG Auxiliary and the Oswego Fire Department to host this class right here in the port city, and hope that residents take advantage of the opportunity.”

Oswego Fire Department Chief and Emergency Management Director Randy Griffin added “This class will improve safety on the waters in the Oswego Harbor and Lake Ontario. Boaters, watercraft users, and anyone that spends time on the water can benefit greatly from this class, regardless of their skill level. Our partnership with the USCG Station-Oswego and the USCG Auxiliary, Flotilla-24 continues to provide for an increased level of safety on the water, and we appreciate their consistent support.”

What: “It’s All About Boating Safely” Course
When: Saturday May 5, 2018, 9am-5pm
Where: Oswego Fire Department, 35 East Cayuga Street, Oswego, NY 13126
Cost:   $35

Register online at or call (315) 343-2161 for more information.

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