Boater Safety Courses

The Chautauqua County Office of the Sheriff will be holding 4 boater safety courses this spring.  There is no pre-registration required to attend any of the courses.


The safety courses are free to anyone age 10 to 17.


Those attendees age 18 and over will have to pay a $10.00 fee to New York state to receive their certification card. 
These classes are NYS approved boater safety classes required for anyone age 10 and above to operate a boat, (motorboat), and anyone age 14 and above to operate a personal watercraft (Jet Ski).


***this course is now required for anyone born after May 1st 1996 to operate any vessel in NYS Anyone born prior to May 1st 1996 is exempt from this requirement unless they plan to operate a personal watercraft. 


Again, there is no pre-registration required for any of these courses. Registration will take place at the course and parents of attendees under the age of 18 must sign a release form.   

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