Created: 04/05/2014 9:28 PM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts
It seems winter is not letting go of its icy grip. Record low temperatures have made it so the ground and lakes remain largely frozen. But that's not stopping boaters from looking forward to getting out on the water. Dozens came out to a boater safety class in Perinton.
Irondequoit Bay was too cold and windy Saturday for any boaters to be getting out on the water yet. People will likely start lining up at the bay starting next weekend. That's when the weather should start warming up.
On Saturday, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department put on a boating safety class. On Friday, Governor Cuomo passed a new law requiring operators of all powered boats to pass an eight hour safety course. We're told the law applies to those born on or after May first 1996. Basically those eighteen years old and younger. Over forty people of all ages were in Saturday’s class. They all passed and got their boater safety certificate. A lot of the people News10NBC spoke with are avid boaters and say they're glad the class is required because it puts everyone on the same page when it comes to safety out on the water.
Jay Nannen took the safety class and says, “I think driving a boat is a great, great responsibility and most people don’t realize that. So this really made you think a lot about safety and proper operation and maintenance of the boat.”
According to sheriff’s deputy Tom Fantigrossi, “The state realized there has been a lack of education out there on the water. There’s been a big spike, increase in serious boat accidents, injuries.”
This is the first class to be held by the Sheriff's Department. News10NBC is told they'll have up to eight more before the peak boating season in July.