KENNEWICK, Wash.-- As people take to the waters to go boating over the holiday weekend, they shouldn't forget their Washington State Boater Education Card.
The card proves the boater passed the class and exam that is now required for all boat drivers under the age of 40. The state is also phasing in a new required age for boaters. By 2015, boat drivers age sixty and younger must have the card.
Benton County Deputy Tom Morton says the course typically takes four to six hours to complete and requires some studying.
"It teaches the rules of the road, required equipment, what constitutes a boating under the influences infraction and so one and so forth. So there is a wealth of information. Most people that I've talked to that have the card and have taken the test have said it is not an easy test," says Morton.
The course can be taken online or in person through the sheriff's office. The boater education card does not expire.