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Introduction

The Auxiliary is a civilian organization of volunteers. Being an Auxiliarist will add a new dimension to your boating activities and enable you to share in the worthwhile experience of assisting boaters and saving lives, as well as being an important part of the U.S. Coast Guard family.  The Auxiliary performs all the Coast Guard missions except law enforcement and military missions.

ELIGIBILITY

Membership is open to citizens of the United States and its territories and possessions, who are 17 years of age or older. Radio station, boat or aircraft ownership is desirable but not mandatory. Individuals with special training or experience in any Auxiliary program are encouraged to join. Membership is also open to all active duty or former members of any of the uniformed services and their reserve components.

BENEFITS

You will have many opportunities to increase your knowledge of boating safety and acquire special training through advanced classes or by taking correspondence courses from the Coast Guard Institute. Instruction in small boat handling and seamanship, navigation, weather, communications, and search and rescue operations enhances you value to the Auxiliary  and the Coast Guard while adding to your own boating pleasure.

You will find great personal satisfaction in providing a valuable public service to recreational boaters. The possibility of saving lives - even one human life - is always in your path as an Auxiliarist

Your dedication to boating safety will provides opportunities to join like-minded folks to share boating experiences and participate in exercises, group outings, etc. You'll find a special fellowship within the local Flotilla that's hard to beat. There's time to relax and have fun at Auxiliary outings, rendezvous, cruises and conferences. Auxiliarists make lasting, meaningful friendships.

 Ride of Your Life

 

 

OPPORTUNITIES to SERVE

 The principal programs that YOU can participate in are:

Operations

Safety patrols, regatta patrols, search and rescue and Coast Guard support missions are part of the Operations mission. As a new member you can train to qualify as Boat Crew, Coxswain, Air Crew, communications watch-standers, work in Coast Guard offices and other Coast Guard mission areas.

 On the water operations exercise


 

 

 Training with the Coast Guard

 

 


 

Public Education and Member Training

The Auxiliary is noted for its public education courses which teach pleasure boaters safe boating principles, practices, and legal responsibilities. You can be an Instructor for any course that we offer - from Boat Safely,  and Water and Kids, to Coastal Navigation. A retired teacher makes a perfect match for this program

Public education and member training classes 



Vessel Examinations

The Vessel Safety Check program serves to encourage boaters to carry the proper safety equipment. As a certified Vessel Examiner you will have the unique opportunity to work with and educate the recreational boating public. This one-on-one interaction will provide a vital opportunity to enhance a boater’s knowledge, and help ensure they have a safe, fun filled day on the water.These courtesy exams can be done at the dock, on a trailer or a private pier. We make house calls too!


 

Recreational Boating Safety Program Visitor
The Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary have a key, community outreach program called the "Recreational Boating Safety Visitation Program". If you believe in supporting recreational boating safety to make our waterways safer for everyone, you can participate in this outreach program.

Boating safety booth manned by auxiliary member


 

BUT IT DOESN'T END THERE--

Like any organization we need organizers, planners, and enthusiastic volunteers across a broad spectrum of activities --administration, finance, website, recruitment, retention, and social activities.

 

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