BATH, N.Y. (WENY) -- With the summer season wrapping up, now is the time to start thinking about next year if you're a boater. Starting in October, the Steuben County Sheriff's Office will be holding a total of three boater safety courses.

Information from the SCSO:

Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Please bring proof of age for all students attending. The minimum age to attend is ten years old.

The class is limited to 30 students, so call 607-622-3911 to confirm your attendance.

Currently, any individual born on or after May 01, 1996 wishing to operate any recreational vessel must have successfully completed an approved Boater Safety Course.

After January 1, 2020 this shall apply to all operators born on or after January 1, 1993
After January 1, 2021 this shall apply to all operators born on or after January 1, 1988
After January 1, 2022 this shall apply to all operators born on or after January 1, 1983
After January 1, 2023 this shall apply to all operators born on or after January 1, 1978
After January 1, 2024 this shall apply to all operators.

Any individual wishing to operate a Personal Watercraft, at any age, 14 years or older, must successfully complete an approved Boater Safety Course.

The course is designed as a comprehensive boating course, teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation and has been approved by the National Association of the Boating Law Administrators. Upon successful completion of the eight (8) hour course the attendee will receive a NYS Boater Safety Certificate.