Boating Safety & Education for Summer on the Water

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Keep everyone safe on the water by following these safety guidelines:

  • Always wear a life jacket.
  • Don’t drink on a boat … or assign a designated driver who is comfortable with the boat and weather conditions.
  • Be weather wise/aware of tides. Pack accordingly & prepare for changing conditions.  Don’t forget the SPF!
  • Bring your cell phone and portable battery charger in a waterproof zip lock bag.
  • Do a walk-around of your boat to assure no trouble spots developed over the winter or since last used.
  • Trade in your old flares for a discount on a new set.
  • Make sure the first aid kit is fully stocked.
  • Allow the blower to run for at least 4 minutes after fueling before turning on the engine. Always travel with a fire extinguisher.

 

Who Needs a Washington Boater Education Card?!

Boaters in Washington need to have their Washington State Boater Education Card with them when operating a boat 15 horsepower or greater. Boater operators born before January 1, 1955 are exempt but may choose to get a card if they plan to boat in Canada or Oregon since both require mandatory education.  Find more information here:  parks.state.wa.us/437/education-information

Providers of online classes can be found here: parks.state.wa.us/448/online-courses.

Need a life jacket for your child?

There are several programs throughout the Puget Sound that will loan you a life jacket.  Look here for locations boatus.org/life-jacket-loaner/usamap.asp

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