Principles of personal watercraft operating safety will be taught at an IDNR basic safety and operations program scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at Lake Shelbyville and 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at Clinton Lake. Launch ramps and parking are located at the Mascoutin Recreation Area for Clinton Lake and Dam West Recreation Area for Lake Shelbyville.
The program is limited to the first 20 persons who pre-register at each location. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, or if between 12 and 18, have a Boater Safety Education Certificate. The class will not meet the state requirements for operating a boat for those between ages 10 and 18.
The IDNR will have a personal watercraft available for use, or if it meets state requirements, participants may use their own PWC. In addition, the Department will provide extra personal flotation devices and helmets. The program includes instruction in personal watercraft construction and design, required equipment, steering, maintenance, on-water operation, and other topics that will help make participants safe boaters. To pre-register, call 217/333-5773. * * *