###Contacts: Dave White, NY Sea Grant, 315-312-3042 Drew Wickham, CNY Boat Show Manager, 585-526-5460 Publicist Kara Lynn Dunn, 315-465-7578, firstname.lastname@example.org
Syracuse, N.Y. - The US Coast Guard Auxiliary and New York Sea Grant will offer the Young Boater Safety Certificate Training for ages 10-17 as part of the February 12-16, 2014 Central New York Boat Show at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. Successful completion of the 8-hour course and proctored exam is required for youth to legally operate a motorized boat or watercraft alone on New York State waters. Registration for limited space is now open for the two-part course that will be taught at the Central New York Boat Show on Thursday, February 13 from 6pm to 8:30pm AND Saturday, February 15 from 9am to 2:30pm in the Horticulture Building Seminar Room. Pre-registration is required with New York Sea Grant by phone at 315-312-3042. Each youth registering for the course will receive three free admission passes into the 2014 show that is New York's largest and oldest boat show. The Central New York Boat Show fills three buildings with more than 500 boats, including the 2014 New York Sea Grant Discover Clean & Safe Boating vessels, plus water recreation equipment; marine accessories; boating, fishing and Adirondack guides; charter captains, water recreation industry leaders and waterfront destinations with exhibits, information and mini-seminar exhibits. The show's Boating Information Center is expanding in 2014 to include the New York Sea Grant Launch Steward voluntary watercraft inspection program along with boating, tourism, safety, invasive species, and law enforcement exhibits by local, state and federal organizations. The February 12-16, 2014 Central New York Boat Show hours are 1pm-9pm Wednesday-Friday, 10am-9m Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday at the NYS Fairgrounds. Admission is $10/person, children 13 and younger enter free, with free parking and shuttles. Learn more at http://www.cnyboatshow.com/.