Spring Aboard

The State Parks Boating Program is promoting boater education and the Spring Aboard campaign, March 22-28, 2020. You are an important part of this campaign, and we’ve prepared resources for you to use.

The annual Spring Aboard campaign encourages recreational boaters (including paddlers) to prepare for the boating season by providing resources and information on how to enroll in a boating safety education course.

Why get educated? An educated boater is a safer boater. A boating safety course provides critical knowledge and better prepares boaters and paddlers for potential risks while on the water. U.S. Coast Guard statistics indicate that 80 percent of boating deaths occurred on boats where the operator had not received formal boating safety instruction.

And in Washington state, most boaters are required to pass a course and get a mandatory boater education card in order to legally operate a vessel.

The Spring Aboard campaign was developed by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), and produced under a grant administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.


You can help promote safe boating during this campaign committing to do at least two of the following:

 Act by committing to do at least two of the following:

  • Use social media to share Spring Aboard messaging
  • Publish a news release.
  • Promote the campaign on your website.
  • Write a newsletter article or blog post.
  • Network and encourage other safety advocates to participate.

Supporting materials:

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