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By Carissa Sitki
A free boating safety course will be offered next month on Saturday, June 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Straight Home Bar and Grill in Hardin.
The eight-hour course will cover the basics of boating safety, equipment and requirements, navigation, motorboat, registration and titling, emergency measures, and Illinois boating laws.
The program is primarily designed to train young people, over the age of 12 years old. The educational material is based on a sixth grade reading level. Students under the age of 11 may not participate in the exam to receive certification.
Students between the ages of 11 and 12 years old will receive their certificate upon their 12th birthday.
Those aged 12 and older, who complete the minimum of eight-hours of instruction and successfully complete the final examination, will receive a State of Illinois Certificate of Competency.
Persons born on, or after Jan. 1, 1998, may operate a vessel powered by a motor of more than 10 hp, only if they have a valid Boating Safety Certificate accepted by the Department of Natural Resources.
The class is offered for free. To register, call the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department at (618) 576-2417.