Spring Aboard

The State Parks Boating Program promotes boater education through an annual campaign in March - the Spring Aboard campaign. 

The 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.