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Boat Safety

Boating Skills and Seamanship Classes: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Western Massachusetts conducts non-profit Boating Skills and Seamanship Classes. Classes are held at Westfield State University, Holyoke Community College, Springfield’s Lake Lorraine and South Hadley’s Mosier School. Taught by qualified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors (no instructor fees), courses are scheduled at different times and last about 10 to 12 weeks (if held during the evenings). For information about boat course schedules in your area, go to http://a0130905.uscgaux.info/classes.htm, click on classes.

Connecticut River Maps are available at the Oxbow Marina Marine Store:  These recreational guides are produced locally. Each guide covers approximately a 20 to 30 mile section of the river from Bellows Falls, Vermont down river to Hartford, Connecticut. These are the only maps that show river depths north of Hartford, Connecticut.

Massachusetts Boating Rules and Regulations Handbook:  “Boat Massachusetts,” is a boater safety handbook and guide to the boating laws of the state by the Massachusetts Environmental Police. It’s the Law includes: registration information, registration fees, display of numbers, legal operating age, required equipment, unlawful operation, boating under the influence, reporting accidents, enforcement, environmental restrictions, and laws governing PWC and vessels towing skiers.

U.S. Coast Guard’s Navigation Rules: Download your copy of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Navigation Rules by clicking on the link below.