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A boating safety course will be held at the Hastings Police Department on Friday, June 21, according to Scott Eveland, Boating Safety Officer for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
According to Eveland, the Nebraska Boating Safety course is required of all power boat operators born after December 31, 1985, which includes operators of personal watercraft and all other motorboats. It is also required of all operators at Lake Hastings. The minimum age to operate a motorboat in Nebraska is 14 and 16 at Lake Hastings.
The course covers everything from equipment requirements to safe boat operation and accident prevention, and is a great course for both new and experienced boaters. Boat owners who complete the class may qualify for insurance discounts. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children and boaters of all ages are welcome. Students must be at least 14, or turning 14 this calendar year to be certified. The homestudy with proctored exam option allows students to study online, then attend a shortened review and test session. That session will be offered June 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The $10 fee for this course has been waived. Preregistration is required and there are minimum student requirements for the class to be held.
In order to have time to prepare, students should register no later than seven days before the class. To register for the class, or for additional information, contact Boating Safety Officer Eveland at (308) 289-0017 or For information on additional classes in Nebraska, visit