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The Ocean Shores Police Department conducts boating safety education classes for elementary school students. Teenage and adult classes are also available, as are presentations to groups. These classes are taught by the Boating Education Officer from the Marine Patrol Unit. The course covers much of the information that is found in the Washington Boater's Guide, Rules, Regulations and Safety Afloat. Areas of unique concerns that are specifically addressed are proper use of personal floatation devices, required safety equipment, hypothermia and safety in small vessels.

The fourth grade students who attend the class will come away with a better understanding of the responsibilities of boat ownership and handling as well as the necessity and use of floatation devices and safety equipment. Hopefully, this will be the start of boating safety education that will continue into adulthood.

If you would like a general presentation or one on a specific topic made for your group, please contact Sgt. Don Grossi of the Marine Patrol Unit at the police department.

For more boating safety information and resources, please check out Washington Boating Safety Officers Association web site at

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