Upcoming Snowmobile Safety Course

I borrowed this from South Warren but it’s open to our members too.

The course is being sponsored by the South Warren Snowmobile Club. Instructors are members of the club and certified by NYS to offer the course.

The course will be at Van R. Rhodes Volunteer Firehouse (Luzerne- Hadley Fire Dept.), 35 Lake Av ( State Route 9N) in Lake Luzerne . The firehouse is located just north of the Saratoga / Warren County line. The class is scheduled for Saturday January 7, 2012, from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. This course is FREE and is open to anyone who is 10 or older. It is an excellent class for the new and inexperienced snowmobile rider. The seasoned rider will learn as well.

The course covers these topics and more;

Overview of the sport; history of snowmobiling, the importance of snowmobile clubs, snowmobile safety etc.

Getting acquainted with your snowmobile; respecting the performance capabilities, parts of the sled, safety features, personalizing the machine, maintenance & repair, pre-season tune up, summer storage, etc.

NY Laws and Regulations; age requirements, registration, insurance, operating restrictions, accidents and NYS laws, etc.

Pre Ride preparation; planning trips, clothing, equipment, pre ride check over, etc.

Riding skills; starting, riding, positioning, snow conditions, night riding, passengers, navigation, hand signals, theft prevention, etc.

Trail Emergencies; towing a disabled sled, medical emergencies, getting lost, etc. ,

Trailering your snowmobile; preparation, loading and unloading, securing, maintenance and theft prevention, etc.

NYS law requires that a youth 10 -13 need a NYS Snowmobile Safety Course Certificate, if they plan on riding a sled on any property not owned/leased by them. They must also have an adult 18 or over within 500 feet. Youth 14 -17 must have a NYS Snowmobile Safety Course Certificate to ride alone on any property not owned/leased by them.
To complete the course, a student must be 10 years old by January 7th and must attend the entire class. They must receive at least a score of 75% on the final examination. A temporary certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course. We will do everything we can, to assist all students. Our goal is to have everyone achieve a certificate. If your child has a developmental delay, let us know ahead of time and we can assist the child with the taking of the test.

Parents or guardian must complete a permission slip for all students 17 and under. This occurs during the class registration and will take about 10 to 15 minutes when arriving. If you choose to leave your child, you must provide us with and emergency phone number. Parents are welcome to stay. If you would like to receive the NYS Safety Certificate, you must be pre-registered for the class. You may be eligible for a discount on your snowmobile insurance. Check with you insurance company.

Please bring food and beverages for lunch. The only thing available at the Fire Station is a soda machine. We do not break for lunch. We ask you to clean up after yourself.

No tobacco or alcohol use is permitted.

If your child has a history of disruptive behavioral problems, you need to stay to supervise them. Anyone who interferes or disrupts the class will be asked to leave. No exceptions.

For more information or to preregister, contact Lenny Fornabia at;


Lenny will then e-mail you back a registration form to complete and send back to him.

This course will fill up very quickly. It will be filled on a first come, first served basis, so act fast.