The St. Lawrence County Snowmobile Association reports that there will be two New York State Young Operator Snowmobile Safety Courses this month and another in January for young riders aged 10 to 17.
The course provides fundamental information which all snowmobilers should possess in order to ensure the safety of riders and other trail users. Successful completion of this course results in the award of a NYS Snowmobile Safety Certificate.
Courses are taught by experienced snowmobilers who volunteer their time to make the sport safer and more enjoyable for everyone.
The county association sponsors a class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Potsdam Rescue Community Room, 38 Main St. Lunch will be provided. Participants must pre-register by calling 315-244-0886 or emailing [email protected]. Instructor is Heather Cowen-Wilson.
Punchlock Travellers will hold a safety class at Oswegatchie Town Hall, 51 State St., Heuvelton, over two days, Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 27 and 28 beginning at 5 p.m. Participants must attend both nights and pre-register by calling 315-344-7370. Instructors are Greg Sloane and Elwyn Couglar.
On Saturday, Jan. 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Colton SnoSkippers will hold a safety class at Colton-Pierrepont School during Colton Winterfest Weekend. Lunch is provided. Anyone who wants to attend should call 315-212-0070. Instructor is Danny Collins.
According to the county snowmobile association, youth ages 14 through 17 may operate a snowmobile on lands where snowmobiling is allowed without adult or other supervision if they have completed a snowmobile safety-training course recognized by the State of New York. If they have not completed the course, they may operate a snowmobile if accompanied within 500 feet by a person who is at least 18.
Youth ages 10 through 13 may operate a snowmobile where allowed if they have completed the snowmobile safety course are accompanied within 500 feet by a person who is at least 18.