‘Spring Aboard’ campaign nears

As the sun begins to come out, so will the boaters. Sunday through Saturday, March 18 to 24, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) will lead state, federal and other nonprofit agencies in educating local boaters about how to get certified and remain safe before the boating season begins.

“When you are out on the water, you are responsible for knowing the laws and keeping yourself and others safe,” state parks boating program manager, Wade Alonzo. “Boating trends and statistics tell us that educated boaters are less likely to get in an accident. When people take a course, they learn a variety of skills that make them better boaters. We want our waterways to be safe and fun for all recreational boaters.”

Boaters in Washington must be certified and carry a Boater Education Card when operating a vessel with at minimum a 15-horsepower engine. To become certified, boaters can take part in instructor-led courses, online courses or complete an equivalency exam. Boater Education Cards can be obtained with proof of certification to the Washington State Parks Boating Program for $10.

During ‘Spring Aboard’ week, boaters can receive discounts or incentives for enrolling in a course.

To learn more about the campaign, visit springaboard.org.

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