• Boater Safety Classes are for ALL Ages and Free of Charge (Courtesy of Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office).
  • Classes are from 9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Registration begins at 8:30 A.M. No advance registration is required. Class size may be limited by space. There WILL BE NO LATE ADMITTANCE.
  • Students will earn their certification in one day.



Anyone born AFTER June 30, 1996 must possess a Boater Safety Certificate to operate ANY motorized watercraft in Michigan. Anyone born before then, but after December 31, 1978 must possess the certificate to operate a Personal Watercraft (Jet Ski type). 

Note: Online classes are available through the DNR website A fee of approximately $30.00 may be charged. You are no longer required to take a proctored exam to earn your certificate. 


2016  Boater Safety Class Schedule

  • June 18 **COMPLETED**
    Lakeview United Bretheren Church, Merry Lake
    1/2 mile west of M-99 on Territorial Road
    Lunch provided by the Lake Diane Property Owners Association
  • June 25 **COMPLETED**
    Somerset Beach Campground - Athletic Building Annex
    4 miles west of US-127, south off US-12
    Bring a packed lunch

Please contact the Sheriff's Office at (517) 437-7317 and ask for more details about our Boater Safety classes.