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Course Outline

Illustration showing safe and danger areas near a U.S. naval vessel

Recreational boaters have a role in keeping our waterways safe and secure.

  • Violators of the restrictions below can expect a quick and severe response.
    • Do not approach within 100 yards and slow to minimum speed within 500 yards of any U.S. Naval vessel. If you need to pass within 100 yards of a U.S. Naval vessel for safe passage, you must contact the U.S. Naval vessel or the USCG escort vessel on VHF-FM channel 16.
    • Observe and avoid all security zones. Avoid commercial port operation areas, especially those that involve military, cruise line, or petroleum facilities.
    • Observe and avoid other restricted areas near dams, power plants, etc.
    • Do not stop or anchor beneath bridges or in the channel.
  • Keep a sharp eye out for anything that looks peculiar or out of the ordinary. Report all activities that seem suspicious to the local authorities, the USCG, or the port or marina security.
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