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(Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

The National Boat Safety Week started May 17. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

To the editor: 

I am writing in response to your editorial from last week, entitled “When out on the water, expect the unexpected.”

As you note, the 2014 boating season has gotten off to a bad start. There have been two boating accidents, in which one boat operator is confirmed to have died and the other is still missing and presumed dead.

As New York State’s longest-serving boating instructor, with over 50 years’ experience, I can say it is most important that anyone who plans to operate a boat on the water take a boating course. Your editorial makes the point that if you don’t respect the water, the water will not respect you. On Sept. 23, 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law that any youngster who plans to operate a boat alone on New York State waters, born on or after May 1, 1996, between the ages of 10 and 17, must take a boating course, and anyone age 14 and older who plans to operate a jet ski must also take a boating course.

These classes are offered by both the Peconic Bay Power Squadron and Flotilla 18-8 United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

In closing, as a member of both of these organizations, I have been involved in boating education with both of them. To find out when and where these courses are given, look for their announcement in the Riverhead News-Review.

Leonard Llewellyn, Mattituck

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SUFFOLK TIMES FILE PHOTO | Luckily nobody was seriously injured in this boating mishap near Greenport last year.

The Peconic Bay Power Squadron released this week a new schedule for upcoming boater safety classes and seminars. The following is a list of the events that will be offered in our area:

Seminars

Subject: Hurricanes and Boats,
Squadron: Peconic Bay
Contact: Peter Young  Phone: 631-298-4326
Email:  yuriyoung@optonline.net
Location: West Marine
Address: 1089 Old Country Rd
City: Riverhead, NY 11901
Start Date: SEP 08, 2012  Time: 01:00PM
Cost: FREE (Advanced Registration Required)

Subject: How to Use a Chart,
Squadron: Peconic Bay
Contact: Fred Roffe  Phone: 631-728-3721
Email: froffe@optonline.net
Location: West Marine
Address: 1089 Old Country Road (Rt58)
City: Riverhead, NY 11901
Start Date: OCT 13, 2012  Time: 01:00PM
Cost: $45.00

Subject: Using GPS,
Squadron: Peconic Bay
Contact: Fred Roffe  Phone: 631-728-3721
Email: froffe@optonline.net
Location: West Marine
Address: 1089 Old Country Road (Rt58)
City: Riverhead, NY 11901
Start Date: NOV 10, 2012  Time: 01:00PM
Cost: $45.00

Subject: Basic Coastal Navigation,
Squadron: Peconic Bay
Contact: Fred Smith  Phone: 631-298-1930
Email: fbsmithtapman@aol.com
Location: West Marine
Address: 1089 Old Country Road (Rt58)
City: Riverhead, NY 11901
Start Date: JAN 12, 2013  Time: 01:00PM
Cost: $45.00

Advanced Classes

Subject: Seamanship,
Squadron: Peconic Bay
Contact: Larry Hynes  Phone: 631-929-4369
Email: lhcruising@gmail.com
Location: George Young Community Center
Address: Rt25 and Jamesport Avenue
City: Jamesport, NY 11947
Start Date: OCT 02, 2012  Time: 07:00PM
Cost: $75.00