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Classes for boating coming

Updated with new information

 

September anglers try their luck in front of Steamboat Rock on Banks Lake. Boaters in Washington are now required to take a class and carry a Boater Education Card, which can be obtained after completing a free class offered by the Grant County Sheriff's Office and online. - Star file photo

Boaters in Washington state born after Dec. 31, 1954, now need to take a boater education course and carry a state Boater Education Card.

An online course is offered by a private company for $29.50 at boat-ed.com, but the Boat US Foundation is also offering a free online course. (Thanks to reader Randy Semanko for that tip.)

And the Grant County Sheriff’s Office is offering a course, in person, for free as listed below.

February 20: Moses Lake – 1274 Lowry Street (Sheriff’s Substation)

May 7: Ephrata – 124 Enterprise St SE (Public Works building)

June 11: Moses Lake – 1274 Lowry Street (Sheriff’s Substation)

July 6, 7: Ephrata – 124 Enterprise St SE (Public Works building)

August 9, 10: Ephrata- 124 Enterprise St SE (Public Works building)

October 8: Ephrata- 124 Enterprise St SE (Public Works building)

December 3: Ephrata- 124 Enterprise St SE (Public Works building)

Classes are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July and August classes are two nights, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

If you have a group of 10 or more and want a class in another location, email:

Deputy Wade Hilliard at whilliard@grantcountywa.gov or call 754-2011, extension 2321.

The sheriff’s office courses are free of charge. All materials and testing supplies provided and no registration is required.

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