FREE Boater Safety Classes Offered at the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

Boat Safety Classes for the 2022 season will be held on May 7, June 18 and August 20. All classes run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact the Park Rangers at 815-667-4054 for more information.

Things to know

Only one 8 hour class is required to complete your certification.
Anyone over the age of 12 can be certified.
Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

This class is recommended for:

  • New boaters
  • Families that enjoy boating adventures
  • Seasoned boaters who would like to brush up on their safe boating knowledge

Class materials will be provided but participants should plan to bring their own lunch and drinks. Participants are also asked to follow state, local and CDC guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing while attending the class.

For more information on other Illinois Department of Natural Resources approved boating safety classes, visit

Kids on PWC with life jackets

Contact Information

950 N. 27th Rd.
Ottawa, IL 61350