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News Advisory:  Personal Watercraft Safety Course at Hawkins Point Visitors Center

April 24, 2006

The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) new Hawkins Point Visitors Center will be the location for a free, three-day, New York Safe Boating Course on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 16, 17, 18, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Vicki Garcia, public information officer, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, is the course instructor.  All three evenings must be attended in order to receive the certification.

Upon completing the course, passing the test, and submitting the $10 fee and forms to the New York State Department of Parks and Recreation, those 18 and over will be sent their permanent safety certificate.  For those under 18, the fee is waived and the course instructor submits the forms.

            EVENT:                       New York Safe Boating Course – Personal Watercraft Certification

            DATES:                       Three-Day Course:   Tuesday May 16th – Thursday May 18th
                                                Participants must attend all three evenings.  Dress comfortably.

            TIME:                          6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

            PLACE:                       Hawkins Point Visitors Center, St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project

            COST:                         The course is free, but $10 for those 18 and over who apply for certification.

DIRECTIONS:  From Massena: Take State Route 37 east to Route 131 (across from St. Lawrence Centre Mall), turn left and proceed through the Eisenhower Lock tunnel. Then take the second right onto Robinson Bay Road and continue for two miles. Turn left onto Hawkins Point Road and follow the entrance road to the visitors center.

CONTACT:  Jill Chamberlain, Community Associate, NYPA, at (315) 764-0226, ext. 300, or (800) 262-NYPA, if calling from New York State.

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