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SUNY Maritime College is offering boaters a 16-hour, “hands-on,” US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Course for the United States Coast Guard Limited Master/Limited Operator of Uninspected Vessel License.

Upcoming class are scheduled for Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16; Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18;  Monday, June 2 and Tuesday, June 3;  and Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13 Classes run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Class schedules can be seen on-line at www.sunymaritime.edu/waterfront.  The program is designed for camp counselors, yacht club and marina employees, and teachers who are involved in sailing and powerboat instruction.   Classes will be held at SUNY Maritime College. Instructors will emphasize hands on application of all skills.

The Safe Powerboat Handling course is open to everyone 12 years and older.  Completion of the 16 hour class can be taken in lieu of sitting for the USCG License Examination.  However, to qualify for a license, candidates must be 17 years of age, and must be able to document 120 days of sea time and complete a United States Coast Guard application including physical examination and drug test.

During the class, license candidates will learn the essentials skills for operating a powerboat.   Safe boat operation, maneuvering in close quarters, emergency procedures and “rules of the road” will be covered.

SUNY Maritime College’s Safe Powerboat Handling course is the only such program to combine the New York State Boating Safety Certificate, US Powerboating Safe Boating certification along with the United States Coast Guard Limited Master/Limited OUPV License in one weekend.

To register for the Safe Powerboat Handling program at SUNY Maritime College contact SUNY Maritime College’s Professional Education and Training Department at (718) 409-7341 or visit www.sunymaritime.edu/waterfront.

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