America’s Boating Course offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard Auxiliary is scheduled to teach an America’s Boating Course (ABC) on October 13 and November 10 starting at 8:30 a.m. at West Marine, 1716 West Marine View Drive in Everett, Wash.

This comprehensive course offers recreational boaters basic boating information and instruction including safety equipment, boat handling, trailering and federal and state requirements for boating.

Graduates of the ABC will meet the boating educational requirements for the mandatory Washington State Boater’s Education Card. Many insurance companies offer discounts to graduates of the course.

New legislation requiring boat operators to take a boater safety education course in order to operate a boat in Washington State was signed into law by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire May 11, 2005. This law will have a phased-in period for compliance. By January 1, 2008 boaters 20 years of age and younger will be required to obtain their Boater Education Card. By January 1, 2009, boaters 25 years of age and younger will be required to obtain their Boater Education Card. The phased-in period for compliance will continue until 2016 for various age groups. Boaters born before January 1, 1955 are exempt from having a Boater Education Card.

The course fee is $25 and will include course materials. For class registration and enrollment, contact Tony Ford at (360) 794-1723 or e-mail

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