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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 (80% 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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Jul 2024

Boater Safety Education

Registration Open 19 of 25 seats remaining


Saugatuck Yacht Club
15 Park St
Saugatuck, MI 49453
Date & Times:
Jul 17, 2024 6:00PM - 9:00PM EDT
Jul 18, 2024 6:00PM - 9:00PM EDT

Taught by:

Todd J. Wagner

Boater Safety Education

Registration Open 6 of 20 seats remaining


Walt and Marie's Country Market and Cafe
44947 W Red Arrow Hwy
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Date & Times:
Jul 27, 2024 9:00AM - 5:00PM EST

Taught by:

Mikal Pechota