Metro Parks Tacoma is offering a boater education course this month.
The classes will be held 8 a.m.-noon on Jan. 8 and 15. The sessions will be held at the Tacoma Yacht Club, 5401 N. Waterfront Drive, Tacoma.
Participants, 16 years and older, will learn the basics of safe boat handling and basic piloting. This two-session course meets state and National Association of State Boating Law Administrators requirements.
In 2011, boat operators 35 and younger must have a Washington State Boater Education Card. Passed in 2005, the law applies to operators of motorboats with 15 horsepower or greater.
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You can learn more about the requirements at www.parks.wa.gov/boating/boatered.
The cost is $35 a person. Pre-registration is required. You can do so online at www.metroparkstacoma.net.