Register Now for Young Boater Safety Certification at 2018 CNY Boat Show
Great Lakes Boating & Marine Trades - Press Release

This little fella at the CNY Boat Show will have to wait a few years before he can take the Young Boater Safety Certification training that qualifies 10 to 17-year-olds to legally operate a motorized boat or watercraft alone on New York waters. Photo: NY Sea Grant

Dave White, New York Sea Grant, Recreation and Tourism Specialist, P: 315-312- 3042, E:

John Steinbarge, USCGA, P: 315-635-7698

Drew Wickham, CNY Boat Show Manager, P: 585-526-5460

Kara Lynn Dunn, NYSG Great Lakes Publicist, P: 315.465.7578, E:

Syracuse, NY, January 4, 2018 – New York Sea Grant is now taking registrations for the free, all-in-one-day Young Boater certification training to be offered Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 9 am to 5 pm in Syracuse, NY, at the Central New York Boat Show at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Pre-registration is required for the limited space seating for the course taught by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21 personnel. New York Sea Grant is taking registrations by phone at 315-312-3042.

Successful completion of the 8-hour training program and same-day proctored exam is required for youth ages 10 to 17 to legally operate a motorized boat or watercraft alone on New York waters. 

Each youth registering for this edition of the Young Boater course will receive 3 free admission passes into the 2018 Central New York Boat Show that is the largest and oldest boat show in New York. Participants are asked to provide for their own lunch.

Registration is now open for the February 17, 2018 Young Boater Safety Certification class taught by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary at the 2018 CNY Boat Show. Contact NY Sea Grant at 315-312-3042 to register and receive 3 free show passes. Photo: NY Sea Grant

Visitors to the Boating Information Center at the show will see the 2018 edition of the New York Sea Grant Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign vessel with information on approved life jackets, boating safety, and voluntary watercraft inspection to help slow the spread of aquatic invasive species. The vessel for this award-winning educational campaign is different each year.

The show features more than 500 boats of all styles; water recreation equipment; marine accessories; boating and fishing guides; yacht clubs; and exhibits by waterfront destinations, tourism organizations, and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in three exhibit buildings at the NYS Fairgrounds.

The 2018 Central New York Boat Show hours are 1-9 pm on Thursday, February 15, 1-9 pm on Friday, February 16, 10 am-9 pm on Saturday, February 17, and 10 am-5 pm on Sunday, February 18. Show admission is $10 per person, 13 and younger free. Free parking and shuttle are provided. Learn more at

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New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NSGCP engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.

New York Sea Grant maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension’s NYC and Kingston locations.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. NYSG produces a monthly e-newsletter, "NOAA Sea Grant's Social Media Review," via its blog, Our program also offers a free e-list sign up via for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published quarterly.

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