Matt Saxton 
Michigan Sheriffs' Association 


Monday, April 24, 2023 at 1:00 PM EDT
Friday, April 28, 2023 at 1:00 PM EDT

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Ottawa County DHS-Macatawa Conference Room 
12185 James St.
Holland, MI 49424

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The Michigan Sheriffs' Association, The Department of Natural Resources, and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office are proud to announce the 2023 Marine Training Academy for new marine officers. The Academy will be held April 24 - April 28, 2023 at the Ottawa County DHS Building:


              Ottawa County DHS Building

              Macatawa Conference Room

              12185 James St.

              Holland, MI 49424

 Registration fee per attendee: $200  

  • This includes all materials, snacks, and lunches. Dinner will be provided Monday - Wednesday. This does NOT include housing for the week.  Once registration is complete (click on the link below), payment for registration fees should be mailed to:
                                                  Ottawa County Sheriff's Office

                                               12220 Fillmore St.

                                               West Olive, MI 49460


Please note: Our registration system requires that each attendee have their own, unique email address.  This does not have to be an agency email address, so it can be a personal email. Updates to the agenda and equipment list will be sent to these email addresses.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express in Holland:


                                         Holiday Inn Express

                                         12381 Felch Street

                                         Holland, MI 49424

  • Contact number to reserve rooms is (616) 738-2800.
  •  Rooms have been set aside from April 23 – April 28, 2023 at a rate of $85.00 per room with up to four students sharing a room.  This includes a breakfast at the motel.  If you need a room for the night of the April 28, 2023 please let them know and the rate may be higher.  This cost is tax exempt if you provide Holiday Inn with a copy of your department’s tax exemption.  Room reservations must be made by March 26, 2023, to assure a room and are to be made under the State Marine Academy 2023 group reservation.


Reimbursement for all expenses shall be in accordance with the rules and regulations of the State of Michigan, Department of Natural Resources Marine Safety Program.



2023 Training Agenda

2023 Training Requirements and Policies

Please note students must complete the Michigan Boater Education Course BEFORE the Academy. Bring your Boater Safety Certificate to class.