Youth safety course part of upcoming snowmobile expo

Youth snowmobilers ages 12-16 can take a free safety certification course Oct. 18 during the 23rd annual Snowmobile Expo and Swap Meet.

The course is being offered by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, along with the State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Snowmobile Association.

The key to safe snowmobiling is the operator’s knowledge, capabilities, limitations and understanding of the machine. Snowmobilers also should be aware of weather and trail conditions, according to a State Parks news release.

The safety course training includes:

•  Basic snowmobile maintenance.

•  Survival skills and how to deal with emergencies, including an avalanche awareness presentation by representatives of the Northwest Avalanche Center.

•  Proper clothing and protection from winter weather.

•  Hand signals while riding and other basic riding skills.

•  Properly preparing for a ride.

The class will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Washington State Fair and Events Center in Puyallup.

Another class will be offered Nov. 8, at the Spokane Winter Knights Snow Show at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center.

Participants must bring their own snacks, lunch and beverage.

The deadline to register is Friday. Participants can register at parks.wa.gov/130/

Winter-Recreation. A parent or guardian will need

to sign a consent form for each child registered and sign them out at the conclusion of the class.

For more information about the course, contact the Winter Recreation

Program atwinter@parks.wa.gov or 360-902-8664.

Washington State Parks, through its Winter Recreation Program, is responsible for Washington’s snowmobile safety and education programs, funded by snowmobile registration fees.