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Boat Show has deal for getting mandatory boater safety card

Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Jay Bailey accepts a registration form and talks to boaters about a new boater education law after a safety inspection Wednesday on Newman Lake as  Carson Kelly and Zoie Henning watch. Deputies in two boats will patrol the lake today. 
 (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Jay Bailey accepts a registration form and talks to boaters about a new boater education law after a safety inspection Wednesday on Newman Lake as Carson Kelly and Zoie Henning watch. Deputies in two boats will patrol the lake today. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

BOATING — Starting this year, you'll need a boater safety education card in your pocket if you're a state resident age 50 or younger and you plan to drive most powerboats in Washington.

The Spokane National Boat Show, Feb. 1-9 at Spokane County Fair and Expo Center is offering a special deal to help families meet the state requirements.

  • Register in advance for a boater education course to be held at the Expo Center and you'll get free admission to the show. 

The Spokane Sail and Power Squadron is again teaching the ABC 3 course at the boat show. This year the state of Washington requires people 50 and under, operating water craft of 15hp or more, to have attended a certified 8-hour boating safety course.  

A certified course can be taken online on the Washington State Parks website, but you'll get a lot more out of the personal attention and materials you'll get at the boat show course, with sessions set for Feb. 4 through Feb. 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Preregister through Feb. 1 at West Marin, 5306 E. Sprague Ave. or at the squadron's clubhouse, 929 W. Jackson Ave.
  • Info: (208) 777-0220

This will be the 58th annual National Boat Show in Spokane, and at least four guides or tournament fishermen are scheduled to present fishing seminars.




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