CHAUTAUQUA, NY (WNY News Now) – The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s office will be holding two boater safety courses this month.
Due to New York State requirements, operators must have a boater safety certificate if they were born on or after January 1, 1983.
By 2024 all who possess a motorized vessel must have the certificate.
Last week an Ohio fisherman drowned in Chautauqua Lake, authorities believe that was due to not having any life jacket on.
Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone believes that with the proper training, all water accidents could be avoidable.
“I think the big thing is being courteous of other people, being alert, and make sure that you have life preservers of the proper size,” explained Sheriff Quattrone. “Adequate for every person that’s on the vessel. Anybody that’s under 12 has to be wearing them by the legislation. As well as anybody using the vessel that are 21 foot or personal vessels and that are supposed to be wearing them. It is a beautiful time of year, the summer is coming upon us, unfortunately to many people will be operating their vessels while consuming alcoholic beverages, we would ask to be smart about that.”
The first class will be held on June 10th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Turner Community Center at 4840 West Lake Road in Chautauqua. The second will be held on the 17th at the Lawson Center at 73 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point.