Local squadron to offer boating course online

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t keeping locals from helping other from learning more about the basics of boating and improve their skills on the water.

The North Olympic Power Squadron is offering America’s Boating Course, online instruction that kicks off Monday, Dec. 7, and meet nightly through Thursday, Dec. 10.

Classes are 7-9 p.m. via the Zoom application.

Register at northolympicboaters.com/education/new-boater-classes.

Cost is $50, plus a $10 Boater Education Card, per student.

The course covers basic boating knowledge to decide what type and size of boat one wants, what to do when meeting another boat in a crowded waterway, and how how to recognize and handle hazards.

Participants can learn about how to become a more competent boater, organizers say.

The course also features an overview of state and federal boating laws, required and recommended safety equipment and other topics such as adverse conditions, communications, trailering, knots and lines, water sports and local boating knowledge.

Successful completion meets requirements for the Washington State Boater Education Card, with many boat insurance companies offering discounts for those who have successfully completed this course.

The course is presented by experienced ABC of North Olympic Peninsula members.

For more about the North Olympic Power Squadron, visit northolympicboaters.com.

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