The gradual warming of temperatures means pretty soon area lakes and waterways will start to become more active. The DNR reminds potential boaters who intend to operate a personal watercraft that boater safety courses are coming up soon.
“There’s several boater safety classes coming up,” said Conservation Warden Mark Schraufnagel. “Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1989 has to take boater’s safety if they want to operate a boat by themselves, or a personal watercraft. We usually, in cooperation with the sheriff’s department, put a course on at the high school.”
Schraufnagel is referring to a course put on in Shawano, which will be held in late April and early May.
For who have a hard time fitting a course into their schedule can complete it online, however, Schraufnagel suggests it may be a bit more difficult than taking it in-person.
“It’s a little bit more challenging,” said Schraufnagel. “There’s some federal navigation things on there. The in-person class is probably the better option to go with, but if that doesn’t work then you can take it online.”
Another safety course will be offered in New London, which is scheduled for four days: May 9, 12, 16, and 19 at ThedaCare Medical Center at the Pigeon River Meeting Room.
Schraufnagel also notes that Legend Lake will be holding a week-long class closer to summer in June, which may be more beneficial for students after the school year.