Remember the Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared?” or perhaps the Coast Guard motto, “Semper Paratus?” (always ready).
If you are a boater, you know how much the joy of sailing out of the harbor on a beautiful day depends on the inner feeling of satisfaction: the knowledge that the boat is in perfect condition, you have everything you need, you know where you are going and that you will glide home safely at the end of the day.
The state of Washington, in order to promote boating safety and enjoyment, passed a law in 2005 requiring operators of motor boats (with 15 horsepower or greater) to take a boating safety education course. This can be taken in a classroom, online, or at home. For the year 2009, the requirement applies to operators age 25 and under.
Interested boaters can complete the course, send in their application with a small fee, and receive a lifetime Washington State Boater Education Card.
The Friday Harbor detachment of the Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a one-day class on Saturday, October 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Skagit Valley College San Juan Center. Call Susan Eberhard, 378-3608.