Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism boater education class

  • When: Saturday, June 16, 2012, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Cabela's, Kansas City
  • Cost: Not available
  • Age limit: Not available
  • Categories: Outdoor
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is offering an opportunity to remind boaters about the importance of boater education before taking to the water. A boater education class will be offered 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Cabela’s at Village West in Kansas City, Kan. Any person ages 12 through 20 who wants to operate any sort of watercraft in Kansas without direct supervision must complete an approved boater education course. Direct supervision means being able to take over in case of an emergency. For a personal watercraft, this means that the supervising adult must be on the same vessel, not riding next to it. Supervising adults must be at least 18 and either have completed a boater education course or be exempt because they are older than 21. No one younger than 12 may operate a vessel without supervision regardless of boater education certification, and the course is recommended for everyone. People who successfully complete the course will receive a boating safety graduate certificate. Young students certified will be able to operate a motorboat without a parent or guardian present. The course is required for anyone born after Jan. 1, 1989, who wishes to operate a motorboat, sailboat or personal watercraft on Kansas waters without supervision. Classes will cover boating safety topics such as rules of the road, equipment requirements, rules and regulations, ethics, responsibility and basic navigation. Pre-registration is required. Contact officer Glenn Cannizzaro at (785) 256-1206 to reserve a spot or for more information.

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