Posts tagged: boating safety
WATER SPORTS — A city parks instructor manual appears to ban city-sponsored kayak trips in the kind of weather that led to a chaotic and deadly excursion organized by Gonzaga University and sponsored by the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.
Christopher Gormley, 18, died from hypothermia after his kayak tipped in the frigid waters of Rock Lake on a notably windy day during the spring break trip on April 1, 2012.
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.
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.
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.
BOATING — A boating safety class that satisfies Washington’s driver certification requirements will be offered at the Northtown Mall 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday next week (May 21-24) in honor of National Safe Boating Week.
The eight-hour course will be taught by the Spokane Sail and Power Squadron.
Any Washington resident age 40 or younger must have a Washington boater safety certificate to operate a vessel in state waters. Next year the requirement will extend to age 50.
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.
BOATING — Get more bang for your buck by multitasking at the Spokane National Boat Show, which opens Friday and runs through Feb. 6 at Spokane Interstate Fair and Expo Center.
The eight-hour America’s Boating Course, which satisfies Washington’s mandatory boater education requirements, will be offered during the show in two-hour segments on four consecutive days Monday-Thursday, starting at 5:30 p.m.
The classes will be taught by the Spokane Sail & Power Squadron. Cost: $48 or $40 for youths under 18.
Preregister to get free admission to the boat show. If you register at the show, you’ll have to pay the first-day’s admission but will get in free the remaining days.
Contact: Jim Roeber, 328-6165 or the Power Squadrons club house, 929 W. Jackson Ave.
Washington's boating safety requirement schedule
Following is the phase-in schedule for Washington's requirement that boat operators carry a card showing they have passed a certified boater safety course.
Year / Age group
2011 / 35 years and younger
2012 / 40 years and younger
2013 / 50 years and younger
2014 / 59 years and younger
After 2014, requirement applies to any boater born after Dec. 31, 1954.