Sheriff’s Office offering boater education coarse

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Montesano Fire Department, will offer a boater education course for Washington boaters. This eight hour course provides boaters the basics of safe boating for recreational boaters.

This course was developed specifically for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and is taught by members of the GHC Sheriff’s Marine Unit. The Adventures in Boating Washington, A Course on Responsible Boating manual and exam will be provided at the class. Pre-register by e-mailing [email protected]

Saturday, Oct. 26th, 2013 from 8:00 am until 5:00 p.m. at the Montesano Fire Hall, 310 E. Pioneer, Montesano, WA. Boaters of all ages are invited, however class size is limited to 30 students on a first come-first serve basis.

As of Jan. 1, 2014, All boaters born on or after January 1, 1955 are required to carry a Boater Education Card when operating a boat on Washington waterways. Tickets are now being issued to violators. The law applies to operators of motorboats of 15 horsepower or greater. Boaters born before Jan. 1, 1955 are exempt from this law. Cards cost $10.00 and are good for a lifetime.

For class information, contact: Deputy Brad Russell at (360) 580-7634 or e-mail to [email protected]  

For information on the Mandatory Boating Safety Education Program, visit online at