Before you can get out on the water this season you need to make sure you have everything in order.
RICHLAND, WA - Before you can get out on the water this season you need to make sure you have everything in order.
Anyone under the age of 60 who wants to drive a motorboat in the state of Washington has to get a boater safety card. You can take a test online that can take 12 hours or you can go to classes offered by the Benton County Sheriff's Office. The next scheduled class is June 14th. The class is also a great refresher for experienced boaters to hear those basic safety tips again.
"Most important is to make sure your life preservers are current, that your flares are date coded correctly and your fire extinguishers are charged. There are a whole lot of maintenance issues with a boat that you need to start in the beginning of the season," explained Roy Keck from the Richland Yacht Club.
If you would like to sign up for the next class you can call the Benton County Sheriff's Office at 509-735-6555 and ask about the boater safety classes.