Safe boating events offered

MARCY — Boat safety events are slated Saturday, June 2, and a boat safety course starts that day. The events are in the Lock 20 Park.

The 2012 North American Safe Boating Campaign!  notes there are almost 4,000 boating accidents in our country every year and more than 700 deaths. It observe the last week of May as National Safe Boating Week.

As part of the campaign, the Utica Sail and Power Squadron encourages recreational boaters to stay safe on the water by properly wearing their life jackets anytime while boating.

Commander Linda LaDuc said "We care about the safety of our boaters and encourage them to observe safe boating practices, particularly the wearing of life jackets anytime while boating, because it is a proven life saver."

The squadron events Saturday, June 2, start at 9:30 when the unit will conduct free vessel safety examinations of both trailered boats and those that tie up at the dock. Boats that pass the examination receive a decal. Those that do not pass are given a list of items that should be corrected, such as outdated flares.

The squadron will offer a boat safety demonstration and boating safety course from noon until 4 p.m. Included will be demonstrations by the Maynard Fire Department regarding the fighting of petroleum fires, proper use of fire extinguishers, and the care and use of emergency boat safety flares. These demonstrations are open to the public.

The boat safety class will continue at Whitesboro Senior High school, Route 291, on Tuesday June 5 and Thursday June 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night. Details can be obtained by calling David Schulz at 266-0511.

The course is open to all adults and youngsters at least 10-years of age when accompanied by an adult enrolled in the class. All instruction is free and students may share the $30 text books.

Students who pass the course receive a US Power Squadrons Boating Course Graduate certificate that meets all New York State boating and personal watercraft requirements such as a jet skis. The USPS course is approved nationally, by all states and Canada. Details can be obtained by calling David Schulz at 266-0511.