Boating Safety

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office is hosting a Boater's Safety Class at the Novi Boat Show on Saturday, March 14, 2020.  This class will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi, MI  48374.  Sign-in/registration is at 10 a.m. followed by the course from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  There is no charge for this class.

Space is limited for this class.  Registration is required.  Please go to  Once on this sight – click on Official Boaters Safety Course to register.  Please bring a bag lunch, as no lunch is provided.  

Each student will receive a free ticket to the Boat Show for enrolling and will receive the State Boating Certificate upon passing a written test.

    Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

To reserve a place in a Boater Safety Class, please call 248-858-7831.

There is NO charge for the Boater Safety Classes given at the Oakland County Sheriff's Office (OCSO).

**Please note that scheduling is done on Thursdays and Fridays.  If you leave a voice mail message it will be returned on one the these days in the order it was received*

  • Be weather wise.​
  • Bring extra gear you may need.
  • Tell someone where you're going, who is with you, and how long you'll be away.
  • Ventilate after fueling.
  • Stay dry and warm.
  • Anchor from bow, not stern
  • Take a safe boating course.
  • Be ready for trouble when a powerboat passes you in a narrow channel.
  • When changing seats, stay low and near center line of a small boat.
  • Always carry distress signals on board your boat.