The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring two Wisconsin DNR Certified Boating Safety Courses. The Sheriff’s Office invites all individuals interested in recreational boating to enroll in these courses. The dates, times and locations for the courses are as follows:
• June 10 and 12 at Fort Wilderness, 6180 Spider Lake Rd., Rhinelander. The times for the course are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 10 and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 12.
• July 8 and 9 in conjunction with the Three Lakes Police Department at the Three Lakes Community Center, 6965 West School St., Three Lakes. The times for the course are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 8 and 9 to 3:30 p.m. on July 9.
Wisconsin has passed a Mandatory Boating Education Bill that requires anyone born on or after January 1, 1989 and is over 16 years of age to have a boating safety certificate to operate a motorboat on Wisconsin’s waterways.
Students are now required to obtain a DNR customer ID number for any recreational safety class they attend. Those interested in attending a class may contact the DNR at (888) 936-7463 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily to obtain this number before the course begins.
Students must be at least 12 years old to enroll. There is no maximum age and adults are encouraged to enroll and participate in the courses.
Advance registration is requested. The course fee is $10 and covers all necessary materials. Those interested in learning more may contact Deputy Brad Fogerty at the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office at (715) 361-5132 or Sue at the Three Lakes Police Department (715) 546-2211.
Classes will cover boating safety topics such as equipment requirements, rules and regulations, ethics, operator responsibility and basic navigation. There will also be an on-water practical exercise covering a variety of boating safety topics.