Two local boat and water safety classes for those ages 12 to 17 will take place in June and July.

The Gull Chain of Lakes Association is sponsoring the classes in conjunction with Cass and Crow Wing County water patrols and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources enforcement.

According to Minnesota state law, all teens 13-17 years old are required to have a permit to operate a personal watercraft and all youths ages 12-17 must have a permit to operate a boat with a motor of over 25 horsepower.

This class goes through all rules and regulations and also provides participants hands-on boat operation training. This class qualifies participants for the required permits. The Gull Chain of Lakes Association will give participants a life jacket. Law enforcement strongly recommends all young people in this age bracket take the class, a news release stated. There is no cost for the classes.

Two opportunities to take this class will be June 13 and July 11 at the Gull Lake Yacht Club, 19696 Love Lake Road. Check in is 8-8:30 a.m. with the class starting at 8:30 a.m. Lunch for participants will be provided at no cost by Zorbaz on Gull.

Those interested may call Mary Kay Larson at 218-831-5656 to register. Organizers advised people to call now, since each class is limited to 25 participants.