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Tri-Cities Flotilla Website

Thank You for visiting the web site of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 85. We are located in Tri-Cities (Kennewick - Pasco - Richland), Washington in the south-central area of the state.

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Flotilla 85 is dedicated to providing the boating and water safety information to the public and supporting the Coast Guard activities in our area. We teach Boating Classes including "American Boating Course",  "Boating Fun", "Waypoints" courses and other more specialized courses.  We provide support for on-the-water events such as "Safety Zone" around the fireworks barge on 4th of July, we provide access control in the area of the course during the annual Hydroplane Races and provide safety escort for several events each year.

Washington Mandatory Boating Education Program


 The schedule for phase-in of the mandatory education requirement by age group is as follows:

  • Must Have Now - All boat operators thirty-five years old and younger  
  • January 1, 2012 - All boat operators forty years old and younger
  • January 1, 2013 - All boat operators fifty years old and younger
  • January 1, 2014 - All boat operators sixty years old and younger
  • January 1, 2015 - All boat operators seventy years old and younger
  • January 1, 2016 - All boat operators

Excerpts of Washington RCW 79A.60.630

>>More information on the Washington Mandatory Boating Education Law

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