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NY Sea Grant to Teach Water Safety in Pond at Empire Farm Days, NYs Largest Outdoor Ag Expo

Published: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New York Sea Grant will be teaching water safety in the pond at Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms three times a day during the weekend of  August 8, 9, and 10 event that is the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the northeastern U.S.

New York Sea Grant partners with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and New York State Parks Marine Services Bureau to offer demonstrations and information on boating safety, particularly focused on kayak, standup paddleboard, and canoe recreation.

The in-water safety demonstrations will be offered daily at 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm.

Visitors can sit in bleacher seating to learn about the approved types of life jackets and when life saving devices are required by New York State law. An introduction to Suddenly In Command training addresses how a boat passenger can take charge of a vessel in an on-water emergency.

A pondside exhibit includes the 2017 New York Sea Grant Discover Clean and Safe Boating educational vessel, an 18-foot pontoon equipped with required and recommended safety and environmentally-friendly boating gear for NY waters. The New York State Parks Marine Services trailer and the New York Sea Grant invasive species exhibit will also be on site.

New at the Empire Farm Days pond for 2017 will be the opportunity to try a standup paddleboard or kayak in the pond with Morgan Marine of Penn Yan, NY. Those 10 years of age or older most attend a New York Sea Grant in-water safety demonstration to obtain a ticket for the tryout. Morgan Marine will provide life vests, equipment and Hobie Eclipse Pedal SUPs, operated similarly to a stair stepper, and Hobie Mirage pedal drive kayaks.

Empire Farm Days hours are 9am to 5 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 am to 4 pm on Thursday; admission is $10 per vehicle;

New York Sea Grant is a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, an one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. New York Sea Grant maintains Great Lakes regional offices in Buffalo, Newark, and Oswego. For updates on New York Sea Grant activities statewide, has RSS, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube links.

tags: Education, Safety

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