Suffolk County residents can take a free boater safety course next week, to meet a new New York State requirement for operating motorboats.
All people born on or after May 1, 1996, must take an approved boater education course to operate such a vessel. The course, which will be held on April 14-15, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Setauket firehouse substation on Nicolls Road, is free. However, the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation charges a $10 fee for a boating safety certificate after training is completed.
Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn (D-Setauket) is sponsoring the two-day boating safety course.
Advance registration is required for the two four-hour sessions, and participants must attend both of the sessions to receive credit.
Call Hahn’s office at 854-1650 to reserve a spot.