GHSO to hold boater education course

The ’s Office, will offer a boater education course for Washington boaters.  This eight hour course provides boaters the basics of safe boating for recreational boaters.

The class will be Saturday, April 16th, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm at the Montesano Fire Department, 310 E. Pioneer Avenue, Montesano WA 98563.

Boaters of all ages are invited but there is a class size limit of 24 students on a first come-first serve basis.  You must to call or email Deputy Sean Gow to place your name on the list.

This course was developed specifically for the Washington and Recreation Commission and is taught by members of the Sheriff’s Marine Unit.

The Adventures in Boating Washington, A Course on Responsible Boating manual and exam will be provided at the class.  Pre-register by e-mailing

This class is a public service and there is no charge for attending.

As of Jan. 1, 2014, All boaters born on or after January 1, 1955 are required to carry a Boater Education Card when operating a boat on 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 $10.00 and are good for a lifetime.

For class information, contact:  Deputy Sean Gow at (360) 580-8879 or e-mail to

For information on the Mandatory Boating Safety Education Program, visit online at



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