ITHACA, N.Y. — With warmer weather on the horizon, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 22 Ithaca has announced a lineup of boater safety classes from April to August.

Experienced Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors will cover everything people need to know to enjoy the water safely. Attendees who receive a passing grade will receive a U.S. Coast Guard certificate which meets New York State Safe Boater education requirements.

The course will cover some key questions relevant for new and experienced boaters, the event page states, such as: “Is a life vest required if you’re kayaking? How about if you’re Stand Up Paddling? How about in April? How about children? What kind of life vest? Do I need a whistle?”

The following two-day class sessions are planned at the USCG Auxiliary 22 Base at 508 Old Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca. The classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with the exam on Sunday.

  • April 6-7
  • May 4-5
  • June 1-2
  • July 13-14
  • August 3-4

The class costs $40 with discounts for pairs sharing a book, a news release said. To register, contact Kim Walsh at 703-405-8875. Learn more on their Facebook page. Learn more about boating requirements at the New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website.

Kelsey O'Connor

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