Snowmobile course prepares operators with awareness and skills

The snowmobile safety training course will focus on better preparing younger snowmobilers to become more safety minded and responsible riders. Individuals are encouraged to sign up for the course through a sign-up sheet at the school or contact Johnny Petryshyn, instructor.

The course is scheduled for February 15 or 16 at the Preeceville School and is sponsored by the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association.

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

The course is 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 will each receive a manual, trail map, Saskatchewan Government Insurance snowmobile booklet and a bright orange throw bag. At the end of the course the students have to write an written examination and 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 that person has completed a snowmobile safety course. 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,” concluded Petryshyn.