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The main purpose of the boater safety education course is to train knowledgeable, safe and responsible boaters. Topics covered include general boating and water safety, navigational rules, causes and prevention of crashes, operation and fueling techniques, environmental concerns and reporting responsibility. 

Additional Information


Any motorized boat operator born after June 30, 1996, is required by law to pass an approved boater safety course and to carry a boater safety certificate. In addition, boater education is also required for all PWC operators born after December 31, 1978. Michigan’s boater education course is taught by a dedicated core of certified volunteer instructors, sheriff’s deputies and Michigan conservation officers. 

About the Class: 
  • In person, traditional classroom setting 
  • Written test (75% or better to pass) 
  • No minimum age requirement; however, students under 10 years of age shall be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other adult approved by parent or legal guardian. 
Managed & Approved by:

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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Aug 2022

Boater Safety Education

Registration Open 15 of 30 seats remaining


Oakland County Sheriff's Office
1200 N Telegraph Bldg 38E
Pontiac, MI 48341
Date & Times:
Aug 27, 2022 9:00AM - 3:00PM EDT

Taught by:

Tim Brown

Sep 2022

Boater Safety Education

Registration Open 15 of 20 seats remaining


Holland Fire Department - Kollen Park
279 Kollen Park Dr
Holland, MI 49423
Date & Times:
Sep 17, 2022 9:00AM - 4:00PM EDT

Taught by:

Daniel J Groenendyk