Snowmobile course prepares operator awareness and skills

The snowmobile safety training course focused on better preparing younger snowmobilers to become more safety minded and responsible riders. It was held at the Preeceville School with 10 individuals participating in the course.

The course was instructed by Johnny Petryshyn and held February 15, sponsored by the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association.

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The objective of the snowmobile course was to increase the operator's awareness, knowledge and skills in snowmobile equipment safety, driving skills, positive attitudes, safe use of the trails, facilities and the respect for the environment, stated Petryshyn.

The course was open to ages 12 and up, and is required by the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association for a rider to be certified to operate a snowmobile on public lands.

Students each received a manual, trail map, Saskatchewan Government Insurance snowmobile booklet and a bright orange throw bag. At the end of the course the students had to write a written examination and complete a short practical exam.

"A friendly reminder for anyone born on or after January 1, 1989. You can not operate a snowmobile that is required to be registered unless you have completed a snowmobile safety course,” said Petryshyn. “If you are 12 years of age or older but less than 16 and have taken a snowmobile course you are still required to be accompanied by another person who holds a Class 1,2,3,4 or 5 driver's licence.”