Earn the required Washington State Boater Education Card at this two-day boating skills course by the America’s Boating Club of Deception Pass.

Registration is now open for America’s Boating Course, a two-day boating skills and certification course, to be held at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club on Saturdays March 23 and March 30, 2024. Successful completion of the course, conducted over the two Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will qualify individuals for the Washington State Boater Education Card now required for  most boaters. 

The introductory boating class will include: 

  • Basic boat handling and docking 
  • Safety considerations 
  • Federal and state equipment and safety requirements 
  • Nautical rules of the road 

The cost to register is $55. For a spouse or partner sharing the course materials, it will cost an additional $30. Registration and payment can be done online at www.deceptionpasssailandpowersquadron.com. Registration deadline is March 16, 2024. For more information, contact Jerry Liggett at jliggett4@hotmail.com

According to state law, most recreational boaters in Washington are required to complete a boating safety course and carry a Washington State Boater Education Card. You are required to have a Boater Education Card if you fit the following criteria: 

  • You operate a vessel with a 15-horsepower (or greater) motor. 
  • You were born after Jan. 1, 1955. 
  • You are 12 years of age or older. 

This is the most comprehensive introductory boating course available, and will give novice boaters the skills needed to enjoy their time on the water and boat with confidence. The boating club also offers free on-the-water training for participants.