In order to cope with the increasing needs for the safety of tourists and visitors to the major lakes, the Coast Guard Headquarters set up:

  • the 1st  Garda Lake Naval Unit in Salò, reporting to Venice Harbour Master's Office

  • the 2nd  Maggiore Lake Naval Unit in Verbania, reporting to Genoa Harbour Master's Office​

Ships and trained personnel of these Units control the above mentioned lakes during the summer season, in the same way as they do along the 8.000 km. Italian coastline, so as to ensure the safety of swimmers and pleasure boat owners who enjoy the waters of the main Italian lakes.