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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.
BOATING — Following are boating safety tips based on the 30 years the Marine Insurance damage avoidance publication Seaworthy has combed through the BoatUS claims files to shed light on how boats are damaged and how boaters are injured, and to suggest research-based solutions to keep it’s readers from becoming a statistic.
BOATING — Starting this year, all Washington residents age 50 and under must complete an approved boating safety course in order to operate water craft of 15 horsepower or more.
Materials for the course can be picked up in advance in Spokane at West Marine, 5306 E Sprague Ave.
Info: Bill Asbell, (208) 777-0220.
BOATING — The Washington State Boating Program reached a milestone in its mandatory boater education program last week, issuing card number 100,000.
David Eckols of Seattle won tickets to a Seattle Seahawks game for being the 100,000th boater card recipient.
See my recent column pointing out that since January, all Washington powerboat drivers age 40 and and younger must have a boater education card to operate a boat powered by a 15 horsepower motor or larger.
Last year, the Boating Programs recorded 17 boating fatalities, the lowest number in 10 years. According to Washington State Parks Director, Don Hoch, educated boaters are less likely to be involved in boating accidents than non-educated boaters.
“Since the program started in 2008 we have had an outstanding compliance rate,” says Hoch. “The great news is that we are starting to see a reduction in boating fatalities, property damage and injuries. We hope this trend continues.”
Read on for more details about Washington boater education requirement.