Safe boating class offered March 22

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, alongside the Montesano Fire Department, will offer a free boater education course for Washington boaters at the Montesano Fire Hall on Saturday, March 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The course will provide boaters the basics of safe boating for recreational boaters. It was specifically developed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and is taught by members of the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Marine Unit. The “Adventures in Boating Washington, A Course on Responsible Boating” manual and exam will be provided at the class.

Boaters of all ages are invited. Class size is limited to 30 students on a first-come, first-serve basis. As of Jan. 1, 2014 all boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1955 are required to carry a Boater Education Card while operating a boat on the Washington waterways. Tickets are now being issued to violators. The law applies to operators of motorboats of 15 horsepower or greater. Boaters born before Jan. 1, 1955 are exempt from this law. Cards cost $10 and do not expire.

For more class information, contact: Deputy Brad Russell at (360) 580-7634 or email to brussel@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.

For more information on the Mandatory Boating Safety Education Program, visit online at www.parks.wa.gov/boating.


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