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The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25-08 in Mount Vernon has released it’s 2020 Boating Safety Class schedule. Jack Crawford, flotilla commander, said, with days getting longer, now is the time to prepare for the new boating season.

Virginia, Maryland, D.C., and many other states, require some form of certified boating safety training for operators of most powered boats and personal water craft, including jet skis.

The one-day classes, are from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., on the following Saturdays: Feb. 22, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20 and July 18 at the Washington Farm United Methodist Church, 3921 Old Mill Rd, Alexandria, 22309.

“We also invite seasoned boaters who took the class many years ago to consider taking it again, to refresh themselves on boat handling and regulations; nautical ‘rules of the road;’ required equipment and other tips and practices to help prevent accidents,” Crawford said.

To enroll in a class, contact Ted Caliga at johnbielli2@gmail.com.

Newcomers and experienced boaters are also encouraged to explore the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s “Welcome to the Recreational Boating Safety Outreach Web Site,” for free boating safety tools and materials.