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Posted on: June 6, 2022

Town Partners with U.S. Coast Guard to Offer Free Boater Safety Course

Boater Safety Resize

As the 2022 summer boating season begins, the Town of Babylon remains committed to public safety and keeping our waterways safe for all to enjoy. Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez and Councilman and Public Safety Chairman Terence McSweeney were proud to recently partner with members of the U.S. Coast Guard to offer residents a free boater safety class in North Babylon.

By 2025, all watercraft operators born after January 1, 1988 must complete a New York State Boater Safety Course as part of “Brianna’s Law.” This comprehensive boater education law requires all power boaters and those who operate sailing vessels through auxiliary power, complete a boating safety course. It was signed into law in August 2019 and went into effect on January 1, 2020.

The Town thanks the U.S. Coast Guard as well as Blue Marlin Boats of Seaford for their partnership in bringing this important safety initiative to our residents. For more information on how to take a boater safety course, please visit the New York State parks website: https://parks.ny.gov/recreation/boating/boating-safety-class.aspx

(Left to right): Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez; Gary Harner, Instructor, US Coast Guard; Kathy Lopergalo, Flotilla14 Secretary, US Coast Guard; Supervisor Rich Schaffer; Hans Kuenstler Flotilla 14 Past Commander; Councilman Terence McSweeney and Joellen Koestner, Flotilla 14 Commander.