America’s Boating Course offered in Gig Harbor, Washington

SEATTLE – The Bremerton Sail and Power Squadron is scheduled to teach an America’s Boating Course (ABC) Jan. 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The class will take place at Purdy Fire Station, 5210 144th St. NW, Gig Harbor.

This comprehensive course offers basic boating information and instruction, and meets the educational requirements for the mandatory Boater’s Education Card.

People are reminded that starting in 2008, boaters 20 years of age and younger will be required to have a Boater’s Education Card issued by the Washington State Parks Department to operate most boats. By 2009, all boaters 25 and younger must obtain a Boater’s Education Card.

The workbook for the course costs $35.00 and an additional $5.00 for those from the same household sharing a book. Pre-registration is not required. Boaters may receive a discount on their insurance upon successful completion of the class.

For more information, call Kevin Pisani at (360) 479-1085, or reach him by e-mail at

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement. These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in the air, in classrooms and on the dock, performing Maritime Domain Awareness patrols, safety patrols, vessel safety checks and public education.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was founded in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and re-designated as the Auxiliary in 1941. Its 35,000 members donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

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