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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, all-volunteer, civilian component of the United States Coast Guard. The Auxiliary was created by an Act of Congress in 1939, and has grown to over 32,000 members who daily support the Coast Guard in all its non-military, and non-law-enforcement missions. Membership in the Auxiliary is open to persons 17 years of age and older. We have members and units in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam. We are organized into 16 districts nationwide, comprised of 171 divisions with approximately 980 flotillas.

Auxiliary members conduct safety patrols on local waterways, assist in Search and Rescue, teach boating safety classes, conduct free vessel safety checks for the public, provide boating safety literature to dealers, as well as many other activities related to both coastal and inland recreational boating safety. The Coast Guard considers the Auxiliary its primary resource for recreational boating safety outreach and prevention.

While the Coast Guard is often thought of in its ocean-going capacities, the Connecticut River is a navigable waterway, and is therefore under U. S. Coast Guard authority. Our local Auxiliary is in the forefront  of  Team Coast Guard  river activities...and we are eager to welcome you to our Team!

Part-year resident?  That's fine, too!  Our members include students, snowbirds, summer residents of the Berkshires, and those who spend their summers on Cape Cod and Fire Island...and they serve the Auxiliary in those locations, too.

Collectively, Auxiliarists volunteer over 4.5 million hours per year and complete nearly 500,000 missions – a true force multiplier for the Coast Guard.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT JOINING THE AUXILIARY, contact our Flotilla Commander, Charlie Lydon at bellaboat@earthlink.net and telephone (413) 323-4870

See our link, "Member Training" to get an idea of what to expect!