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Montgomery County Public Libraries Partners with U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer Free Introductory Boating and Boating Safety Courses

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Montgomery County Public Libraries is partnering with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer an introductory course on boating and boating safety.

The beginner boating course will provide residents with information on how to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Other topics include introduction to boating, boating law, boating safety equipment, safe boating, navigation, boating problems, trailering, storing and protecting your boat, fishing, river boating and other issues.

The two-sessions course, facilitated by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, will be offered at the following libraries:

  • Maggie Nightingale, 19633 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville
    Saturday, March 21 and Saturday, March 28; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Marilyn J. Praisner, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville
    Saturday, April 18 and Saturday, April 25; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Twinbrook, 202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville
    Saturday, April 25 and Saturday, May 2; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Davis, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda
    Saturday, May 16 and Saturday, May 23; 1 to 5 p.m.

“We are delighted to partner with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to provide this course in our community,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “Accurate information about safe boating is crucial for residents who enjoy boating in the creeks, rivers, and lakes of Montgomery County.”

Registration is required and limited. Register online or by contacting Maggie Nightingale at 240-773-9550, Marilyn J. Praisner at 240-773-9460, Twinbrook at 240-777-0240 and Davis at 240-777-0922.

Participants registered in the course must attend both sessions.

For more information about the program contact Clotilde Puértolas by email at

Release ID: 20-078
Media Contact: Judy Stiles 240-777-6536