Mount Desert Island Hospital Emergency Department and the Acadia National Park Rangers and Emergency Services have joined together to offer the “Ride Right-Ride Smart” Snowmobile safety program on Saturday, February 20, 2010 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The program begins at Acadia National Park Headquarters on Eagle Lake Road. Follow the signs to the classroom.
This program is open to the Public. New snowmobilers in particular are encouraged to attend. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. You do not have to have a snowmobile to participate.
Founded in honor of Brian Wass, a young man who died in a snowmobile accident, the “Ride Right-Ride Smart” program will review winter outdoor first aid, way-finding, troubleshooting snowmobiles and pre-trip safety practices. The program is endorsed and presented by co-sponsors Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Snowmobile Association. A certificate of course completion will be provided by Maine Snowmobile Association and may offer a discount advantage to those with insurance. Check with your insurance agent.
Following an audiovisual/lecture program, participants are invited to the summer visitor center parking lot in Hulls Cove for free refreshments and fun/time mini safety fair that will feature snowmobile safety checks, displays by local emergency services, search and rescue organizations, snowmobile clubs, MDI Hospital emergency room and other outdoor safety organizations.
A planned feature will be exhibits and demonstrations of new snowmobiles by local dealers. Antique Snowmobiles will also be on hand.
At 1:30pm Park Rangers will lead a ride in the park, weather permitting. Participants are encouraged to pre-register by calling the Acadia National Park at 288-8776, however, pre-registration is not required.
For more information call Gerry Keenan at 288-5082, extension 1818 or Chris Weibush at 288-8776.