In Remembrance of Nick Matchica
Founder of Flotilla 053-04-03. Member of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary from 05 May 1975 until 06 April 2016. Coxswain, Supervisor and Qualifying Examiner at SARDET Wilmington/Marcus Hook.
Crossing the Bar
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call from me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea.
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep,
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark;
For tho' from out our bourne of Time and place
The flood may bear me far, I hope
to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.
Light winds, following seas and smooth sailing, Nick
Who We Are
The Coast Guard’s philosophy is to be SEMPER PARATUS (ALWAYS READY) against all threats and all hazards. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is an integral part of that philosophy and the Coast Guard Forces. We conduct safety patrols on local waterways, assist the Coast Guard with homeland security duties, teach boating safety classes, conduct free vessel safety checks for the public, as well as many other activities. The Auxiliary has members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam.
As a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,U.S. Coast Guard, and a servant of the public, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, in its role as the designated National Recreational Boating Safety Coordinator, is a leader in improving the boating experience of the maritime public. We are an organization noted for working in partnership with all stakeholders within the waterways activity spectrum and across all modes of transportation to reach consensus solutions. We measure our success by our customer satisfaction, and our customers' needs help define our workload and priorities.
To minimize the loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boats, through preventive means, in order to maximize safe use and enjoyment of U.S. Waterways by the public.
Join the Auxiliary
If you are 17 years or older, a United States citizen and have a desire to enhance your boating knowledge, your on-the-water skills, and/or assist the United States Coast Guard in an organized and professional manner, and also have fun, you should consider joining Flotilla 4-3 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary!