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Sheboygan County Water Safety Team

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Boat Patrol

The Sheboygan County Water Safety Team is responsible for patrolling the water ways of Sheboygan County.  The patrol year typically runs from mid May until the end of September.  Deputies assigned to the Water Safety Team usually patrol the waterways with a 16 foot Smokercraft Boat or a 27 foot Safe Boat WAC (Walk-Around-Cabin).  Occasionally the deputies will also patrol and watch the waterways from their assigned squad.  Members of the patrol unit will receive training from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and also the United States Coast Guard - Station Sheboygan.

The team will enforce boating regulations under Chapter 30 of the Wisconsin State Statutes.  When officers observe a violation, they will also perform an inspection of the boat or personal watercraft (PWC) to make sure all the necessary safety equipment is in order.  There is also members of the unit that are certified to teach the DNR boat safety course.  The course typically runs in spring time and is 12 hours long.

If you have any questions regarding the Water Safety Team, please feel free to contact the supervisor below.

Sgt. Shawn Splivalo (Officer-In-Charge of the Water Safety Team) 920-459-3114 or

 Boston Whaler vs Safe Boat 

The photo above shows the 1984 Boston Whaler, which was replaced with the 2012 Safe Boat WAC. The safe boat was acquired with the assistance of a Port Security Grant.