Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boating safety class in Bellingham

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard Auxiliary is scheduled to conduct a boating safety class Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Squalicum Yacht Club, 2633 South Harbor Loop in Bellingham, Wash.

This introductory boating course will emphasize recreational boating safety in the Pacific Northwest.

The training will include courses, such as, what to do before getting underway and the basics of protecting and handling your boat safely, navigation, safety equipment, boating problems and emergencies, and legal requirements for boating in Washington State.

The course fee is $45.00 and will include materials and lunch. Each additional family member is $25.00.

Graduates of the Auxiliary boating safety class meet the educational requirements for the mandatory Washington State Boater’s Education Card. This law will have a phased in period for compliance from 2008 until 2016 for various age groups.

Since January 1, 2008, boaters 20-years-old and younger are required to obtain their Boater Education Card. By January 1, 2009, boaters 25-years-old and younger must have their Boater’s Education Card.

To pre-register contact Pam Chelgren-Koterba at 360-647-9715 or email Many insurance companies offer discounts to graduates of the boating education course.

For more information on upcoming boating classes and free vessel safety checks visit

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