The Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club recently conducted a Wisconsin DNR snowmobile safety class in Eagle River.  Instruction was provided by WDNR-certified instructors Carole Linn and Christine Fuller. The class was organized and coordinated by Chris Wilhelm.

The students learned the basics of snowmobiling.  They received instruction on snowmobile parts and function, protective gear, environmental protection, being respectful and courteous, riding positions, responsible riding, group riding, trail etiquette, emergency situations and survival, ice safety, and what to do when encountering a groomer on the trail. WDNR Conservation Warden, Tim Price, discussed Wisconsin Snowmobile Laws with the students.

Boat Sport Marina 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. John Wilhelm and Jim Gribble assisted with the hands-on activities.

Lunch was provided by several local restaurants; Buckshot’s Saloon and Eatery, Sweetwater Spirits and Resort, and JJ’s House of Dogs.  Each of these establishments donated pizzas for the class.  Trig’s donated soda and water, and MJ’s Wayside donated ice.

All students earned their snowmobile safety certificates.