Washington boating education is mandatory for most watercraft operators. A Seattle boat accident attorney discusses the four options for study.

Washington Boating Education: Four Ways to Study

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In recent years, Washington State has required boat operators to carry a boater safety card and complete a boat safety education course – all in the hopes of reducing the number of boat accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

There are a number of ways to complete your mandatory boater education, from taking a hands-on class on open water to studying written materials from your home.

  • Boater education classes. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Windworks Sailing & Powerboating Center, and the U.S. Power Squadron each offer boating safety and boating skills courses. These courses vary from one-time, eight-hour courses to seven weeks of lessons. While these courses are the best option for learning how to operate a boat, the fees vary.
  • Online courses. Washington State has approved five different online providers of boating safety classes. Some of these classes include video, animation, practice quizzes, and the option to take the certification exam online.
  • Adventures in Boating Washington home study course. This course includes an online study guide and a hardcopy of the boating safety exam. Topics include boating safety and state boating laws.
  • Equivalency Exam. Experienced boaters who are very familiar with boating safety and boating laws have the option of taking an equivalency exam without the help of reference materials or guides.

Washington Boat Accident Attorney

At the Andrew Kim Law Firm, we are encouraged by the steps Washington officials are making toward better boating safety and smarter boating laws. However, we know that boating accidents and injuries still take place. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, we are here to listen. Call us today to schedule a free, confidential meeting with a Seattle boat accident lawyer: 800-636-3676.

Category: Boat and Watercraft Accidents

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