2012-04-19 / Local News

Sheriff’s Marine Patrol offers youth boater safety

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol will offer a boater safety class this summer for boaters who will be at least 12 years of age by the end of the boating season.

Youths 12 to 15 years of age may legally operate a boat powered by a motor of more than 6 horsepower only if they have a boater safety certificate or are accompanied by a person at least 16 years of age.

Those less than 14 years of age may not legally operate a personal watercraft (PWC).

In addition, youth 14 and 15 years of age may operation a PWC if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian or are operating not more than 100 feet from his or her parent/guardian. Those born after Dec. 31, 1978 may operate a PWC only if they have obtained a boating safety certificate. Persons born on or before Dec. 31, 1978 may operate a PWC legally without restrictions.

Class will be held on the following dates:

• June 18, 19 and 20 at the Leelanau County Law Enforcement Center (LEC).

• July 9, 10 and 11 at the Glen Lake Yacht Club.

• July 23, 24 and 25 at the Leelanau Township fire hall in Northport.

• Aug. 6, 7 and 8 at the LEC.

All classes start at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon. Participants must attend all three days in the course sequence and pass a test to receive a certificate. There is no charge for the course.

The only requirement is that participants come with a positive attitude and a desire to be a safe boater. Information about boater safety classes and replacement boater safety certifi cates and on-line classes can be found at www.michigan.gov/dnr. Search boater safety certificate.

Classes at the LEC will be held in the Emergency Operations Center at the rear of the building.

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