Free Boater Education Course this month in Montesano

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, working with the Montesano Fire Department, will offer a boater education course for Grays Harbor. The eight hour course will provide boaters with the basics of safe recreational boating.

The class will be held Saturday, Oct. 26th, 2013 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm at the Montesano Fire Hall.

The course was developed specifically for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and is taught by members of the GHC 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 brussell@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.

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 in Washington. Tickets are now being issued to violators. Boaters born before Jan. 1, 1955 are exempt from this law. Cards cost $10.00 and are good for a lifetime.

Boaters of all ages are welcome to the course, although class size is limited to 30 students on a first come first serve basis.

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

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

For class information, contact: Deputy Brad Russell at (360) 580-7634 or e-mail brussell@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.

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