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Boating course satisfies Washington requirement

Spokane County Sheriff Deputy Jay Bailey checks the boat of anglers before they launch at West Medical Lake on Saturday. The opening day of the lowland lake fishing season is a good opportunity for the deputies to contact a large number of boaters to be sure their boats are up to snuff. Requirements include: Current registration on board, registration numbers properly shown, boat drivers 35 and under need boater education certificate, life jackets for everyone in the boat and functioning fire extinguisher.  (Rich Landers)
Spokane County Sheriff Deputy Jay Bailey checks the boat of anglers before they launch at West Medical Lake on Saturday. The opening day of the lowland lake fishing season is a good opportunity for the deputies to contact a large number of boaters to be sure their boats are up to snuff. Requirements include: Current registration on board, registration numbers properly shown, boat drivers 35 and under need boater education certificate, life jackets for everyone in the boat and functioning fire extinguisher. (Rich Landers)

BOATING — The America's Boating Course, which satisfies Washington's boater safety education requirement, will be offered next weekend (Oct. 12-13) by the Spokane Sail & Power Squadron at the Post Falls Cabela's store.

The eight-hour course will be taught in two sessions starting at 10 a.m. each day.

Cost: $48 or $73 for two people from the same household sharing the course manual and materials.

Info: (208) 777-0228.

Were you born after Dec. 31, 1962?

Washington law requires anyone 50 years old or  younger to complete an approved course and have a boater safety education card in order to operate a powerboat with a motor of 15 hp or greater.

In 2014, the requirement will extend to boaters age 59 and younger.




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