The Boater Safety committee maintains a cooperative relationship with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff Department and its Marine Patrol Division.

The chairperson of the boating safety committee is Pete Hawk.

Boating Safety Courses are offered, free of charge, by Kalamazoo County. According to its website, ” This class introduces its students to the structure and operation of a boat, covers the basic legal requirements of owning and operating a watercraft, discusses how to stay safe on the waterways, and teaches the basic rules of navigation.”

The Official Boating Handbook of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is available here.

Are you aware of the 100-foot and counterclockwise operations rules? These became law in 1994. The graphic (below) was provided by Michigan Lake and Streams Association.

 

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