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Deadlines for Passing Boaters Safety Education Course

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Posted: September 25, 2007 6:35 p.m.

WASHINGTON,--Back in 2005, Governor Christine Gregoire signed a law requiring boaters pass a safety education course to operate a power boat.

The 12-hour classes will occur in three-hour segments over four days, beginning Tuesday, October 4th. The class is located at Chief Joe Middle school in Richland. However, you must register at the Richland Community Center. U.S Coast Guard says the class is packed with helpful tips.

"A lot of information on navigation. a lot of information on what do in an emergency in a boat," says U.S.C.G. Auxiliary Commander John Honekamp.

Here's the phase layout. All deadlines occur on the first day of each year and in age increments of five-years. 20-years and younger must pass the course by January 1st, 2008. 25-years and younger by 2009. In 2010, 30-years and younger, increasing by five-years each year until 2012. People born before 1955 do not need take the course. Yet, to operate a boat with 15 horsepower or more, you must pass the class and be at least 12-years old.

From 2013 to 2016, age requirements increase from five to 10-years annually. Everyone 50-years and younger must pass the course by January 1, 2013. In 2014, 60-years and younger. For 2015, 70-years and younger. By 2016, boaters of every age must pass a safety education course.

Class registration costs are $10.50 for Richland residents, $13.50 for non-residents. Once you're signed up, there's a materials fee of $20.00 plus $10.00 dollars for each family member.

Classes are also available on-line. Click this link to be directed.