09/04/2017: "Basic Boating Safety Course"
Comprehensive basic boating safety course for Power, Sail and Paddle Boats, are scheduled in the Spring and Fall and held on six successive Tuesday evenings (Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17 & 24th) at Skagit Valley College in Friday Harbor, from 7:00-9:00 PM.
Instruction is FREE. Materials (manual and Coastal Navigator electronic chart program) cost $45.00 and can be shared by a couple. Current Middle School, High School and College students qualify for a 50% discount on materials.
Topics include: Choosing the Right Boat, Required Safety Equipment, Docking, Operator Responsibilities, State & Local Regulations, Navigation Rules, Navigation Aids, Lights and Sound Signals, Charts, Anchoring, Handling Boating Emergencies & Weather, Use of VHF Radio, Trailering, Knots and Plotting, a course on both paper and electronic charts. Completion qualifies for the Washington State Boater Education Card (required for all boaters under 55), marine insurance discounts up to 15%, and the opportunity to take advanced classes.
If you wish to join the Friday Harbor Power Squadron after completing the basic class, you can get 18 months of membership for the price of 12, take advanced classes and participate in all the member benefits. And, because the Squadron is a non-profit, educational entity, members can receive huge discounts on popular software, like Windows 8.1, Microsoft Office (2013), Adobe's Creative Suite 6, and much more! Call 360-378-3288 now for details on this course. As the start dates of classes approach seating fills up quickly!