A watercraft certification class will be offered in Grand Rapids for youth between the ages 12 through 18. Each course will include a two-hour classroom session and an on-the-lake operating session. Youths will operate outboard motors and personal watercraft.

The course will be held on Wednesday, June 19. The classroom is located at the Itasca County Sheriff’s Department classroom at the Itasca County Courthouse. After completing the classroom requirements, the students will be taken to Tioga Beach for lunch and the hands-on portion of the training.

In accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 86B.305 and 86B.313, youth between the ages of 12 and 17 must possess a training certificate to operate a watercraft equipped with a motor of 25 horsepower or larger. In addition, youth 13 to 18 must have an operator’s permit to operate any size personal watercraft (Jet Ski). Those under the age of 13 cannot operate a personal watercraft.

This training is important for a basic understanding of watercraft safety. Even though families may not presently own a watercraft, young people are likely to have an occasion to ride or operate one in the future.

Students MUST pre-register by June 12 to take the June 19 class. Students must also complete the on-line boating safety course at https://www.boat-ed.com/minnesota/ prior to attending the watercraft certification class. Registration for the class is free and will be available at the Enforcement Office in the DNR building at 1201 East Highway 2 in Grand Rapid. There is a $22.50 fee for the on-line training and the student must print and bring their temporary certificate the day of training. DNR conservation officers and Itasca County boat and water deputies will teach the course. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact the DNR Enforcement Office at 218-328-8802.

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