Register Now for Young Boater Safety Certification at 2020 CNY Boat Show 2020
Great Lakes Boating & Marine Trades - Press Release

Are properly-sized, US Coast Guard-approved vests provided for everyone onboard and for those will come onboard? Remember: Wear It! Credit: Brian P. Whattam.

Young Boaters: Register Now for Required Safety Course; 2020 CNY Boat Show will offer one-day training on February 22

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, February 3, 2020 – On Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 9 am to 5 pm, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and New York Sea Grant will offer youth ages 10 to 17 the boater safety course required for them to legally operate a motorboat or personal watercraft on NY waters. The training will be held at the 2020 Central New York Boat Show at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y.

The course taught by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21 personnel includes a same-day proctored exam. New York Sea Grant is taking registrations for the free, all-in-one-day Young Boater certification training. Pre-registration is required, contact New York Sea Grant at 315-312-3042.

Each youth registering for the February 22, 2020 Young Boater course will receive 3 free admission passes to the 2020 Central New York Boat Show, held in both the Expo Center and Exhibit Center. This event is the State’s largest and oldest boat show, with more than 500 boats of all types. Exhibits include water recreation equipment; marine accessories; boating and fishing guides; as well as exhibits by yacht clubs; waterfront destinations and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The 2020 Central New York Boat Show hours are 1-9 pm on Thursday, February 20th and Friday, February 21st; 10 am-9 pm on Saturday, February 22nd; and 10 am-5 pm on Sunday, February 23rd. Show admission is $10 per person, 13 and younger free. Free parking and shuttle are provided. Learn more at

Dave White's NYSG "Boating and Marine Trades" content can be found at He also has information on Great Lakes shipwrecks at

To learn more about U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21, visit their Facebook page.

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program 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 in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

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