Registration still open for boating course

It’s not too late to register for America’s Boating Course, a two-day virtual boating and skills class, sponsored by the Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron.

The course will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays Jan. 16 and 23. The deadline to register is Jan. 5.

Successful completion of the course will qualify participants for the Washington State Boater Education Card now required for most boaters.

The cost is $40, and an additional $20 for a partner sharing course materials.

The boating squadron will include free on-the-water training for participants dependent upon COVID protocols.

To register or for more information, contact Steve Pye at or 360-299-2244.

A Boater Education Card is required for those who operate a vessel with a 15-horsepower or greater motor, who were born after Jan. 1, 1955, and who are 12 years old or older.

America’s Boating Course, in addition to meeting Washington’s requirements, can reduce the risk of accidents and injuries and save money on boat insurance.

The classroom is virtual, and those who register will be sent information to sign in via Zoom. The boating course includes a comprehensive introduction to boating, covering boat types, engines, selection and more.

According to squadron commander Pat Waters, this is the most comprehensive introductory boating course available and will give novice boaters the skills and confidence needed to enjoy their time on the water.