Marine Division

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The Marine Division is jointly funded by the Michigan Office of Natural Resources and the County of Barry.

Boater Safety Education 
Date: Last Saturday of June

Location: Shady Shores Association, 2965 Patterson Rd, Wayland MI, 49348

The registration process must be completed online prior to the start of the class at Boater Safety Education 

Please bring a writing utensil along with a lunch and something to drink.

No minimum age requirement; however, students under 10 years of age shall be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other adult approved by parent or legal guardian.

If you have any questions, please send an email to Sgt. Steve Lehman at slehman@barrycounty.org. 

Who May Operate a Boat
Those less than 12 years of age:
May operate a boat powered by a motor of no more than 6 horsepower (hp) legally without restrictions. May operate a boat powered by a motor of more than 6 hp but no more than 35 hp legally only if – they have been issued a boating safety certificate and have it on board the boat and – they are directly supervised on board by a person at least 16 years of age. May not operate a boat powered by a motor of more than 35 hp legally under any conditions.

Those over 12 years of age:
New Law: “Those born on or after July 1, 1996, may operate a boat legally only if they have been issued a boating safety certificate and have it on board the boat."

Those born before July 1, 1996:
May operate a boat legally without restrictions.

Who May Operate a Personal Watercraft (PWC)
Those less than 14 years of age:
May not legally operate a PWC.

Those 14 and 15 years of age:
May operate a PWC legally only if he or she obtained a boating safety certificate and…

He or she is accompanied on board by his or her parent or legal guardian or by a person at least 21 years of age who has been designated by the parent or legal guardian or…

He or she is operating or riding the PWC at a distance of not more than 100 feet from his or her parent or legal guardian or from a person at least 21 years of age who has been designated by the parent or legal guardian.

Those 16 years of age:
And born after December 31, 1978, may operate a PWC legally only if they have obtained a boating safety certificate.

Those born before December 31, 1978:
May operate a PWC legally without restrictions.

Legal Hours of operating a PWC: 8:00 a.m. to Sunset

The Marine Division is supported by a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.