LMCD – Save the Lake offers Free Boater Safety Course

Be Ready for Summer 2017 Boating Fun!

Free LMCD Boater Safety Course June 19, 2017 7:45am to 6:00pm.

  • Free Course– Lunch and Refreshments Provided
  • Hands-on classroom safe boating demonstrations
  • Youth and adults 12 years and up can obtain their MN DNR Watercraft Operator’s Permit
  • Parents/guardians invited to enhance training experience

Register by June 2, 2017–Limited Spaces!

Mercedes falls through ice in Wayzata lagoon channel

Sirens from the Wayzata Fire and Police Departments could be heard at about 8:00 am the morning of the Wayzata Chilly Open.

Someone drove their Mercedes C-Class onto the ice covering the channel that leads from Wayzata Bay to the Wayzata Lagoon. For those of you not paying attention out there, channels that connect one body of water to another body of water are particularly susceptible to thin ice, as was proven today.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your don’t drive your vehicle on the ice on Lake Minnetonka when it’s 50 degrees leader.

Free Boating Safety Course for Youth

A free boating safety course is being offered Thursday, October 20, 2016 for youth ages 12 to 17 and adults. Energetic presenters will help participants obtain their Watercraft Operator’s Permit through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The Lake Minnetonka Boater Safety Education Program explains ways to stay safe while having fun on the water.

In Minnesota, a Watercraft Operator’s Permit is required for youth ages 12 to 17 years to operate a boat over 25 hp without adult supervision and for youth ages 14 to 17 years to operate a personal watercraft unsupervised. Adults who obtain a Watercraft Operator’s Permit may receive discounts on their boat insurance.

Jay Soule, Al & Alma’s General Manager and a Boat Captain since 1993, will lead the class. According to Soule, “The class includes hands-on demonstrations using fire extinguishers, tying knots, and other practical boating skills. It is an opportunity to learn about boating while making Lake Minnetonka safer for everyone.”

The boating safety course is free for participants including a complimentary lunch and snacks for all participants. There is a $22.50 fee after passing the exam to receive the Watercraft Operator’s Permit. This permit fee will be reimbursed upon request for youth ages 12 to 17 years through the Save the Lake Fund. The registration deadline is October 13. Class size is limited so register early to save your spot!

This course is sponsored by the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD), through its Save the Lake Fund, and in partnership with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol. The free training is made possible through private contributions to Save the Lake.

The Lake Minnetonka Boater Safety Education Program will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Westonka Public Schools’ Education Service Center, located at 5901 Sunnyfield Road E in Minnetrista. The class will begin at 7:45 am and continue through 6 pm. For more details and to register, visit the LMCD’s website, www.lmcd.org, main page under “Hot Topics.” Direct registration questions to Administrative Assistant Emily Herman at eherman@lmcd.org or 952-745-0789.

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The 2016 JJHD Wake Throwdown Highlights

Check this awesome video produced by Blake Nyquist highlighting the James J. Hill Days Wake Throwdown!  James J. Hill Days this year was such a great time for everyone! Thanks to all the organizers, volunteers, sponsors, attendees for making it so!