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Get Coast Guard Ready with Washington One

posted Aug 9, 2014, 6:48 AM by Dan Paisley   [ updated May 24, 2016, 4:04 PM by Nico Lacchini ]
Auxiliary vessel with MH-65 hovering nearby
The Coast Guard motto is semper paratus, which means "always prepared." The Coast Guard Auxiliary 
wants to help get you and your vessel “Coast Guard Ready” and make your experience on the water safe and fun!

Become Coast Guard Ready by taking one of the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s boating safety classes starting in September.  This year, the Washington, D.C. flotilla is offering both boating and sailing skills classes that will teach the proper and safe ways to operate a vessel, as well as how to navigate the waterways and meet state and local requirements.  Classes will be on weekday nights in Washington, D.C., at a Metro­ accessible location.  Click here for details.

And make sure your vessel is Coast Guard Ready, too, by taking advantage of a free vessel safety check offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25-1.  Vessel safety checks go over the required and recommended safety equipment and can be done for boats and paddlecraft (like canoes and kayaks).  If your vessel meets all of the requirements to have a safe trip on the water, you get a decal to display on your vessel showing that it passed.  Knowledgeable members of the Washington, D.C. flotilla provide vessel safety checks many weekends at Gravelly Point Park in Virginia.  More information, including the schedule, is available here.

CG Auxiliary Photo by Linda Vetter