A Boat Massachusetts course will be offered by the Massachusetts Environmental Police and the Salisbury Harbormaster Department at the Hilton Senior Center on Lafayette Road, next to the fire station.

Boat Massachusetts is state and nationally approved, concentrating on the equipment and operating guidelines needed to enjoy boating in a safe and responsible way.

Successful graduates in the 12-through-15-year-old age group will be issued a safety certificate allowing them to operate a motorboat without adult supervision, as required by state law. The same is true for 16- and 17-year-old youths who wish to operate personal watercraft (Jet Skis, wave runners, etc.)

The course runs 10 to 12 hours in length. The normal format is five to six classes, 90 minutes to two hours each, though this may vary. All classes are free of charge.

This class is open to adults and youth. Family participation is encouraged and has proven to be very rewarding.

Classes will be held on from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays, starting May 13 and 14, then continuing May 20, 21, 27 and 28.

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