Boating Safety Becomes Law

Safe boating is more than just prudent behavior: Effective Nov. 10, it becomes Hawaii law.

According to Jerry Mershon of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, by that date recreational boaters must show that they’ve successfully completed a boating safety course. Otherwise, Mershon said, “There will be fines, suspensions and other penalties for noncompliance.”

Wahiawa Community School will host Auxiliary Flotilla 10’s “About Boating Safety” course Aug. 19-Sept. 2, meeting from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on the WCS Wahiawa campus at Leilehua High School. The course is free, but $45 is requested for instructional materials. The class also includes a training session on local waters.

For more details, call Mershon at 778-5738. To register by the Aug. 18 deadline, call 622-1634.