Boating Safety Week begins Saturday and continues to May 24 nationally.

This week of boating-safety awareness began following a 10-year peak in boating mishaps, mainly the result of not wearing personal flotation devices or life preservers.

The majority of boating accidents occur between May and September; public and private organizations now ramp up efforts to increase boater awareness of state safety guidelines as boating season and the National Safe Boating Week begins.

Along with life jacket use, boating classes provide mariners instruction on how to equip their vessels, navigate, handling boats in tight quarters and other useful boating-safety tips.

To find state-approved boating safety courses, check the Boating entries in the outdoors calendar or go to To learn more about Safe Boating Week, go to

Archery for youths

Double-T Archery Club has its club grounds set for the start of its popular Summer Youth Archery Program, which runs Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. starting June 12 until Aug. 14.

The program is open to all youths ages 5 to 17. Some equipment is available for use. All skill levels are welcome, beginner to advanced archers. Parents are welcome to relax on a covered patio at the club’s 1110 North French Road location in Amherst, or assist club members presenting the program.

Pre-registrations will not be taken for this program; registrations will be accepted from 5 to 6 p.m. on June 12 prior to the first gathering.

For more information and directions, call 688-0438 or go to

Shoreline workshop set

New York Sea Grant is offering a free Great Lakes-Lake Oneida Shoreline Field Workshop July 22-25 for educators of grades 5-12. Teachers will receive a stipend to develop a locally based program for students.

Teachers must register by Friday.

For details, call Helen Domske (645-3610) or for information about this and other NYSG activities, go to