Sgt, I am retired USCG, currently staying at Camp Murray Beach in my RV. You couldn't have picked a better palce to learn boating
and do cruising (although the weather
right now really sucks)
here's a link to BOATUS They maintain a list of courses all over the US. BoatUS Foundation
The Seattle Boat show
is in about three weeks SeattleBoatShow.com - Your online boating resource for boat listings, services and accessories!
and is a great place to talk to the right people and find what you need. The CG Auxiliary and the Power Squadron usually have booths there. Plus they give a lot of seminars at the show. SeattleBoatShow.com - Your online boating resource for boat listings, services and accessories!
Washingto state has an on-line course to get a Boater Education Card. Washington Online Boating Safety Course & Boat License Test
It is strictly the basics but it's a place to start.
Both Ft Lewis and McChord AFB have boats to rent. They will have you sit through a boating safety
video (which I helped produce in the 80's, so I got a real chuckle when they insisted on me viewing it!) As for real courses I haven't seen any on base but you shoulkd be able to find some in the area.
Jon's comment about this being a great cruising area is right on. Of course I did most of my "cruising" on a large Coast Guard Cutter
, but the trip up the inside passge to Alaska
was really amazing.
Let me know if you have any questions. I spent 25 years working in Boating Safety
so fire away.