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"Off Season" to be an opportunity for continued training in Flotilla Northern Virginia

posted Oct 14, 2010, 8:23 AM by Andrew Welch
Direct mission activity traditionally slows down as the "high season" -- spring and summer months when the waterways are most busy due to increased recreational boating traffic -- comes to a close.  As Flotilla Northern Virginia's "off season" gets underway, boat crews have continued their on-water missions, but others have focused on sharpening their skills and training for the year ahead.

Three auxiliarists, including Emily Johnson (pictured here the day of her final qualification), have completed boat crew training and will be regulars on future safety, search and rescue, observation, and other on-water operations in the future.  

Others have stepped us as well, traveling to Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, VA and completing courses in seamanship, patrol management, marine safety and environmental protection, and radio communications.  With training in cold water survival, marine safety administration and management, and marine environmental outreach, and the Leadership and Management School on the horizon for experienced members of the crew, newcomers to the unit remain engaged as they continue to work through their "Basic Introduction Course" under the guidance of experienced mentors.