We recently held our annual WDNR snowmobile safety class. This year 30 students participated in the course, some coming from as far away as Ladysmith, Green Bay, and Richfield. They were taught by club members Scott Linn and Chris Fuller who are WDNR-certified snowmobile safety instructors.
The students learned some of the basics of snowmobiling such as snowmobile parts, snowmobile maintenance, and protective gear. They received instruction on riding positions, responsible riding, group riding, trail etiquette, and emergency situations.
A favorite part of the class was being able to use vision-distorting lenses, “Drunk Buster” goggles, to simulate the effects of alcohol consumption on the body. Another highlight was learning about ice safety, emergency situations and survival, and snowmobile safety. There was an in-depth discussion of Wisconsin snowmobile laws given by WDNR Safety Specialist Warden, Justin Bender.
Trackside donated two snowmobiles for the class that were utilized as training aids during the one-and-a-half-day course. This “hands-on” approach has been one of the successes of the class, allowing the students to work closely with instructors in small groups while learning about snowmobile parts and operations.
Lunch was provided by Buckshot’s Saloon and Eatery, Sweetwater Spirits and Resort, and JJ’s House of Dogs. Each of these establishments donated pizzas for the class. Pick N’ Save donated soda and water, and MJ’s Wayside donated ice.
At the end of class, all 30 students passed the exam and are proudly certified!
After more than ten years of organizing, coordinating, and teaching this class, Scott Linn is retiring from this position. A huge “THANK YOU” to Scott for his dedication and service to the Sno-Eagles!
Special thanks to:
Scott Linn and Chris Fuller- our instructors
Jessica Linn – student check-in and assistance with class preparations
Steve Linn – for soliciting snowmobile use, pizza, and soda donations
Trackside – use of 2 snowmobiles including delivery and pick-up
Buckshot’s Saloon and Eatery – pizzas
Sweetwater Spirits and Resort – pizzas
JJ’s House of Dogs – pizzas
Pick N’ Save – soda & water
MJ’s Wayside – ice
This was a great team effort and we thank all who helped make the class the great success it was!