The Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office offers safety training programs for the public and has many state certified instructors to provide a solid base of instruction for deputies from our department as  well as the surrounding agencies of the City of Hillsdale, the Village of Jonesville, the City of Reading, the City of Litchfield and the Somerset Township Police Departments.

These deputies in turn offer training to the public each year to promote safe practices in areas such as firearms, marine and boater safety and hunter safety. For specific information, please read more about each program or contact the Sheriff's department at (800) 437-7317 and ask for the training office.


  • 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.