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Boating safety course set for Sidney

SIDNEY, Neb. - The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will offer the first mandatory boating safety course in Sidney in May to prepare boaters for the upcoming summer.

Nebraska law requires any motorboat operator, including drivers of personal watercraft such as Jet Skis, born after December 31, 1985, to complete one of the two types of boating safety courses and be in possession of a course certificate. Operators must be 14 years old to drive motorboats and personal watercraft in Nebraska.

The May 1 course is being offered in the home-study format, in which participants study materials online before attending a three-hour review and test-out session. The session will be held May 1 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Cabela’s retail store.

Scott Eveland, boating safety officer for the Commission, said the course covers a wide range of topics including equipment requirements, safe boat operation and accident prevention – valuable information 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.  

There is a $10 fee for this course. Preregistration is required and the course must have a certain number of students to avoid cancellation.

Participants must register by contacting Eveland at scott.eveland@nebraska.gov or 308-289-0017.

Courses are available at other locations across the region. For the most updated listing and for classes at other locations in Nebraska, visit the Boating Education calendar at www.BoatSafeNebraska.org. The site also has other information about boating safety.

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