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