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

August 4, 2005

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 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 8, 9 and 10, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Vicki Garcia, public information officer, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, is the course instructor.

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:   Aug. 8-10

                                   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: Carol Simpson, Community Relations, regional manager, NYPA, at (315) 764-0226, ext. 304, or (800) 262-NYPA, if calling from New York State.