Marine Patrol Deputies throughout the county will be conducting a series of boating safety courses over the next several months, Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson announced in a press release.
These safety courses are intended to provide boaters with the knowledge and safety skills they need to operate their vessels properly and responsibly.
Those born on or after May 1, 1996 must complete an approved course to operate a mechanically-propelled boat, as per required by law. Those born prior to this date are not required to complete a course. Each session will take place at the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Center at 108 Parker Avenue in Poughkeepsie.
The course dates are as follows:
- Session 1: Friday, April 12 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Must attend both days)
- Session 2: Friday, April 26 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Must attend both days)
- Session 3: Friday, May 10 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Must attend both days)
Courses are free to attend; however, there is a $10 fee paid directly to NYS Parks for permanent certification of students ages 18 and up.
To register for a session, call (845) 486-3840. For more information, click here .
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