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Prepare for Warm Weather with Boating Safety Course

Lawmaker who represents Hartland provides updates and views on various topics.

By Cindy Denby

As we move closer to summer and warm temperatures, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources would like to remind anyone who plans on operating a watercraft this year to take a boating safety course. 

Anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 1978 may operate a personal watercraft (PWC) without restrictions, but those born after that date must obtain a boater's safety certificate. 

The minimum age to operate a PWC in Michigan is 14 years old.

Classroom and online options are available to those who are interested.  Spring is the optimal time to take these courses, so that the safety information you learn is fresh in your mind for the duration of the boating season. 

For more information and resources, I encourage you to visit the DNR boating website at www.michigan.gov/boating. Happy boating!

If you have any questions or need assistance with any state issues, please contact me toll free at 866-828-4863 or via e-mail at cindydenby@house.mi.gov.

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