The summer’s final boating safety courses in the Nebraska Panhandle are scheduled for July 13, 14 and 18.
Scott Eveland, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission boating safety officer, said the Nebraska Boating Safety course is required of all powerboat operators born after Dec. 31, 1985, which includes operators of personal watercraft and all other motorboats. The minimum age to operate a motorboat in Nebraska is 14.
Eveland said the course covers everything from equipment requirements to safe boat operation and accident prevention, and is educational for both new and experienced boaters.
Boat owners who complete the class may qualify for insurance discounts. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children and boaters of all ages are welcome. Students must be at least 14 or turning 14 this calendar year to be certified. The home-study with proctored exam option allows students to study online, then attend a shortened review and test session. There is a $10 fee for this course. Preregistration is required to ensure each course has enough students to proceed.
The Panhandle courses for this month:
Bridgeport: Monday July 13, 6-9 p.m. Prairie Winds Community Center
Sidney: Tuesday, July 14, 6-9 p.m. Western Nebraska Community College
Scottsbluff: Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. to Noon, Harms Center