Required Boating Safety Course On-Line
Kennewick -- As the beginning of boating season draws near, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is continuing to express concerns about the number of boating fatalities that occur each year.
The latest available statistics from the US Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety is making the same annual warning it has for years: wear your life jacket.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is also reminding boaters that this is the last year for some who love the water to go without a certification card.
Taking the test is as easy as going on-line. Boaters can study information needed and take a sample test before taking the exam that will allow certification. The test costs $15. Boaters may also take the test at the Coast Guard facility.
Once certification is obtained, it is good for life. Legislation requiring certification was passed last year, and rules for who is required to have it are being phased in over the next few years.
Cards will be required for boaters aged 20 and under in January 2008. In 2009, boaters 25 and under will be required. Each year, the age requirement will increase by five years.