NORFOLK -- Local Coast Guard members are on high alert with this week's OpSail 2012 events underway.
Wednesday is the first ever sea and air parade, and Friday will be the tall ship parade.
The Coast Guard is urging people to be smart on and around the water as the rivers and bays around Hampton Roads will be packed with tall ships, Naval vessels, and pleasure boats. They're reminding boaters to keep their distance and slow down.
"There are boaters with education and lots of years experience, and there's novice boaters. So our message to all the boaters is to consider this like a school zone with yellow flashing lights," warned Commander Jerry Barnes.
The Coast Guard and partner maritime law enforcement agencies will be out enforcing rules and regulations for waterborne traffic throughout OpSail. Those rules include: stay at least 100 yards away from Naval vessels and tall ships, go slow and maintain a no wake zone following the Saturday night fireworks, and don't drink and operate a boat.
For more safety information and regulations for boaters, click here.
Wednesday's parade will feature 30 Naval and maritime community vessels. Friday's tall ship parade will have 23 sailboats from nine countries.