Oneida Lake Walleye Seminar

Captain Tony Buffa will be presenting in the EXPO CENTER at the Fremac Waterfront booth #5  Thursday Feb 14th at 6:30pm. This is an informal chat aboard a boat learning about an “Oneida Lake Walleye Tactical Starter Kit”. Be sure to join him for this casual and fun learning session.

America’s Boating Course (ABC3) Classes, taught by America’s Boating Club (United States Power Squadrons)

Introductory boating safety course. A boating safety certificate (earned by passing ABC3) is required by New York State for anyone over the age of 14 to operate a personal watercraft, and for anyone over 10 years old and born after May 1, 1996 to operate any mechanically propelled boat. Eight hours of class time plus proctored exam. Cost is $35 for materials and exam ($10 for additional members of same family sharing text). Contact Tess Freedman, tbfreedm@gmail.com or sign up at https://americasboatingclub.org/find-a-course-near-you for all courses in your area


Location Dates Time
West Genesee High School
(additional $2/student facilities fee)
Wednesdays, March 6 to April 3 7-9 pm
Four 2-hr sessions plus exam
OCM BOCES (Liverpool)
(additional $39/student BOCES fee)
Wednesdays,  March 27 to April 24 6-8 pm
Four 2-hr sessions plus exam
Onondaga Yacht Club, Liverpool
(additional $2/student facilities fee)
Saturdays, May 4 and 11;
Exam May 18, 9:30 am
9:30 am – 2:15 pm
Two 4-hr sessions (with lunch break) plus exam

Advanced Courses, taught by America’s Boating Club (United States Power Squadrons) USPS Weather Course 

Tuesday evenings, April 2 to June 4, 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  Location: 205 Barrington Rd, Syracuse, NY 13214.  Cost to USPS members:  $60 with all materials, $20 for second family member sharing materials.  Cost to non-members $120.  Course focuses on how weather systems form, behave, move, and interact with one another and covers the availability of weather reports and forecasts on the Internet, to help keep you safe and comfortable on the water.

Other Advanced courses offered soon include Boat Handling, Marine Navigation, and many other courses and seminars.

Contact Tess Freedman, tbfreedm@gmail.com  or sign up at https://americasboatingclub.org/find-a-course-near-you for all advanced courses in your area.

Upcoming U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Classes:

  • March 3
  • March 24
  • April 14
  • May 4
  • May 25
  • June 15
  • July 6
  • July 27
  • August 17

This is a one day 8-hour class
Location:   Van Buren Town Hall
Contact Number: 315-638-4727
On-Line Registration & Payment: www.flotilla21.org


Young Boater Safety Certification class taught by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary

Registration is now open for the February 16, 2019 Young Boater Safety Certification class taught by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary at the 2019 CNY Boat Show.

New York Sea Grant is taking registrations for the free, all-in-one-day Young Boater certification training to be offered on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 9 am to 5 pm in Syracuse, NY, at the Central New York Boat Show at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Anyone born after May 1, 1996, must pass an approved boater safety course to legally operate a motorboat or personal watercraft on NY waters. The February 16th class is for ages 10 to 17 and includes the 8-hour training program and a same-day proctored exam. Pre-registration is required 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.

Each youth registering for the Young Boater course will receive 3 free admission passes to the 2019 Central New York Boat Show, the State’s largest and oldest boat show, with more than 500 boats of all styles; water recreation equipment; marine accessories; boating and fishing guides; yacht clubs; and exhibits by waterfront destinations and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Visitors to the Boating Information Center at the show will see the 2019 edition of the award-winning 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 2019 Central New York Boat Show hours are 1-9 pm on Thursday, February 14th, 1-9 pm on Friday, February 15th, 10 am-9 pm on Saturday, February 16th, and 10 am-5 pm on Sunday, February 17th. Show admission is $10 per person, 13 and younger free. Free parking and shuttle are provided.

To learn more about New York Sea Grant, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, visit www.nyseagrant.org. To learn more about U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21, visit the Auxiliary’s Facebook page.