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Boat operator courses offered by FCSO

FULTONVILLE — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting two New York state certified boat operator courses in March and April. These classes will be presented at the office, the Ronald R. Emery Public Safety Facility, 200 Clark Drive, Fultonville. The COVID-19 rules apply — face coverings, hand sanitation and social distancing must be followed, according to a news release.

The class sessions are as follows, call (518) 853-5500 to sign up — first come, first serve: From 5 to 9 p.m. March 25, and March 26; from 5 to 9 p.m. April 22, and April 23. Both nights of instruction are required. The students must be at least 10 years old at the start of the class. There is no fee to take the course which is limited to 15 spots per session.

The following schedule shows when one must have successfully completed a boater safety course in order to operate a vessel on New York state public waterways.

Those who were born on or after the following dates will need a boating safety certificate when operating a motorized vessel in: Jan. 1, 1993-2020; Jan. 1, 1988-2022; Jan. 1, 1983-2023; Jan. 1, 1978-2024.

All operators of motorized vessels, regardless of age, will need a boating safety certificate by Jan. 1, 2025.

Anyone operating a personal watercraft (Jet-Ski, Wave Runner, etc.) must have a boating safety certificate, and be at least 14 years of age or older.

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