Need a Washington State Boating Education Card? Sign up for an upcoming, online U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary course

This fall, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Bellingham and San Juan Islands Flotilla is providing boaters online, Washington State Basic Boater Education Course. The class will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, Oct. 11-14. Classes are two hours long and there is an open book examination at the end of the Thursday session

All Washington state residents must carry a Boater Education Card while on the water operating a power-boat greater than 15 horsepower. This includes people over 12 years of age and applies to anyone who was born after January 1, 1955. This course is for anyone wishing to learn safe boating skills and qualify for a Boater Education Card, issued by the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission.

The eight-hour course is provided over Zoom. The course fee is $20.00 and the on-line course handbook costs $5.00 to download. Upon successful completion of the eight-hour course, attendees may submit a copy of their individual “Certificate of Accomplishment” with a $10 fee and you will receive a Washington State Boater Education Card.

For more reservations or more information, visit, menu tab “Boating Classes” or contact John Milczewski at