The opening of boating season is just around the corner with Opening Day on May 3rd, 2014.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering boating safety classes at Bellevue Fire Station No. 9 which is located on 12412 SE 69th Way in Newcastle. Classes are held from 8:30am to 5pm on April 26, May 24 or June 28.
Those attending the classes will be able to obtain their Washington Boaters card which is required of boaters between the ages of 12 and 60 who operate a boat with 15 or more horsepower.
Boaters operating power boats in Washington state should be knowledgeable about of boating legal requirements including:
- How to register and identify a boat.
- Age requirements and restrictions.
- Negligent and reckless boat operation.
- Boating under the influence, alcohol and drugs
- Safety around other boats and homeland security restrictions.
- Personal flotation devices and life jackets
- Fire extinguishers.
- Ventilation systems and engine requirements.
- Navigating after dark.
- Personal water craft.
- Water skiing and intertubing.
- Safety regulations including diver-down and skier-down flags.
- Boating accidents — what the law requires you to do.
- Protecting the environment.
- Trash, oil and waste disposal.
To register or for information, contact Terrence Hooper at 425-885-0259 or email at HoopCGAUX@gmail.com. Email is preferred
This information is provided by Washington boating accident attorneys at The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in boating accidents caused by the negligent use of a boat.