Welcome to the Flotilla 8-1, District 5SR Web Site
Search & Rescue Detachment
Smith Mountain Lake
5th District Southern Region
Serving Central Virginia since 1961
The Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress in 1939 to promote safe recreational boating. With 35,000 members, it is as large as the active duty Coast Guard.
The service accepts the Auxiliary as part of the team, offering the best training available, along with many other benefits. Auxiliarists range from experienced recreational boaters and radio operators to licensed aircraft pilots who promote safe boating through Vessel Safety Checks, public education courses and search and rescue operations.
Auxiliarists are Congressionally-authorized, unpaid volunteers who assist with many Coast Guard missions. In reducing the Coast Guard's size, opportunities for the Auxiliary have grown. It is estimated that the Auxiliary provides nearly free of charge, almost $1 billion in service to America.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary on an average day saves one life, saves $11,119 in property damage, educates 594 people, completes 68 safety patrols, performs 13 assists, participates in 185 operational support missions and performs 383 courtesy marine examinations.
Here in the Roanoke area, Flotilla 81 educates almost 1000 boaters a year, completes 70 patrols a year with 35 assists, 100 support missions and 150 courtesy marine exams.
Membership in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is open to U.S. citizens at least 17 years of age.
If you are interested, we'd enjoy hearing from you.
You might be interested in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets if you are under age 17.
January 23: Boat Virginia Course, 09:00 - 04:30,Saunders Volunteer Fire Department, Huddleston VA, Register @ www.dgif.virginia.gov
January 24: Flotilla Meeting, SML AUXSARDET, Moneta @ 15:00
|Training Session: Prevention of Sexual Harassment|
February 12/13/14: D-Train, Short Pump, VA
February 28: Flotilla Meeting, SML AUXSARDET, Moneta @ 15:00
Covered Dish: Spaghetti and meatballs will be provided - Please bring complementary side dishes - salads, bread, desserts, etc.
February 26/27/28: Roanoke Boat Show, Berglund Center, Roanoke
Training Session: Paddleboard VE and Safety
Training Session: 1 Hour TCT Refresher
Pot Luck/Covered Dish:
Program: "Paddlesports America" by Dick Kenyon
Pot Luck/Covered Dish: BBQ Chicken
October 1, 2016: Division meeting and Election, UVA NRAO, Charlottesville, VA @ 10:00
November 27, 2016: Flotilla 81meeting and Election, SML AUXSARDET, Moneta, VA @ 15:00
Program: TBA by Senior MembershipPot Luck/Covered Dish: Lemon Chicken Pasta
December 3, 2016: Flotilla 81 COW/ Annual Party, Parker's Seafood, Roanoke, VA @ 17:00
Contact John K if you plan on attending.
January 7, 2017: Division 8 COW , Spring House Restaurant, Concord, VA @ 10:00
Contact Tom Merriman if you plan on attending.
January 8, 2017: FC101 Training, Lynchburg, VA
Time and location to be announced
Contact DCAPT Michelle Thornton or your Flotilla Commander if you plan on attending.
Click here to Register Register
Hope to see you there.
Visit with Us
Stop by on the 4th Sunday of each month at 3:00 and visit with us. During the Winter months, we meet at an alternate site. Changes in the meeting location will be announced on this page.
Directions to the SML Search and Rescue Detachment (SML AUXSARDET) are as follows: