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Auxiliary Learning Management System (AUXLMS)

The Coast Guard is committed to supporting the Coast Guard Auxiliary by providing training materials, courses, and tools to impart the skills and knowledge needed to achieve mission excellence. As part of this commitment, the Coast Guard has launched an enterprise-wide Auxiliary Learning Management System (AUXLMS) to automate the delivery and, in turn, improve the efficiency of training processes for Auxiliarists. This rollout of AUXLMS is a result of an extensive and comprehensive analysis performed by the Coast Guard Office of Training, Workforce Performance, and Development (CG-132), FORCECOM Training (FC-TADL), OSC Martinsburg, Auxiliary national training and information technology programs, and the Chief Director's office (CG-BSX-1). Relevant references include ALAUX 008/11, ALAUX 011/11, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary Manual (COMDTINST M16790.1 (series), section 8.E.).

Coast Guard Auxiliary – Online Classroom

The member-training website known as the “U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Virtual Classroom” has moved to a new location, and is now called the “Coast Guard Auxiliary – Online Classroom”. The new link (URL) to the Online Classroom is http://classroom.cgaux.org. Members, member training officers, and unit webmasters should change all bookmarks, links, or other references to the old Virtual Classroom to the new site and address.

Maryland State Requirements for Recreational Vessels

The pamphlet describing the Maryland State Requirements for Recreational Vessels is now available as download in pdf format here.

New Auxiliary Manual

 
The latest version of the Auxialiary manual is now available, complete with all the latest changes. Click on the Member's Only link at the left to obtain a copy.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Live

"Coast Guard Auxiliary Live" (http://live.cgaux.org) is the latest collaboration between between the A [GP] directorate and the Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Public Affairs (CG-0922). "Coast Guard Auxiliary Live" will offer news and feature stories of national interest from around the organization. Members at all levels of the Coast Guard Auxiliary are encouraged to submit news, stories, and photos to "Coast Guard Auxiliary Live" via the e-mail address live@auxpa.org (CGAUX LIVE ONLY) or news@auxpa.org (ALL NATIONAL AUXPA MEMBER COMS). Content should be submitted in accordance with Coast Guard Auxiliary public affairs guidelines/protocols, and photos must contain a photo caption and credit to the photographer. For assistance on these guidelines, please contact your unit's public affairs or publications officer. The "Coast Guard Auxiliary Live" editorial staff will review all submissions and select those most appropriate for inclusion.

Telling your Coast Guard Auxiliary story with news@auxpa.org!‏

To provide a direct channel for national exposure, the Government and Public Affairs Directorate is pleased to announce the launch of news@auxpa.org -- an e-mail address providing all members with the ability to directly send their news and feature story content to the National Member Communications Division.Help us get your stories out by spreading the word about news@auxpa.org! Remember, all content should follow organization guidelines and protocols regarding the release of news and other information. Photos must have a caption describing what is taking place along with credit to the photographer. For more information on news@auxpa.org and getting your story published nationally, please contact Phil Bailey, Division Chief - Member Communications.
Sea Tow's Automated Radio Check Service
 
In areas across the country, Sea Tow is offering boaters a new way to conduct radio checks that don't require help from other boaters or watch standers. To use Sea Tow's free automated radio check service, simply tune your VHF radio to the appropriate channel for your location and conduct a radio check as you typically would. Upon releasing your radios's microphone, the system will play an automated message and relay your transmission back to you, thereby letting you know that boaters can hear you loud and clear.
 
All boaters need to do is tune their VHF radios to channels 24, 26, 27 or 28 (channel 27 in northern and central Chesapeake Bay) depending on the region, key the mic, and ask for a radio check. The ARC system responds to each radio check with an automated reply, and also replays the boater's original radio transmission, allowing him or her to assess the strength of the signal and confirm the VHF radio is in good working order. To find the Sea Tow ARC service channel in a particular region, all you have to do is visit http://www.seatow.com/boating_safety/ARC.asp. The webpage also links to an instructional video demonstrating how to use the service step by step.

Digital Selective Calling (DSC) radio

The following is an exerpt from a letter from NACON:

The Coast Guard has asked the Auxiliary to help with a “major ʻsafety of lifeʼ issue" affecting recreational boating, and we need your help.

Here's the problem. Many boaters bought Digital Selective Calling (DSC) radios thinking they could just push the red “Distress” button on the front to call for help in an emergency.

However, most boaters with DSC radios haven't connected them to their GPS and haven't registered the radios to get a Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number. The emergency “Distress” call wonʼt work correctly if that hasnʼt been done.

Although the great technology of these radios can take the search out of search and rescue, it does boaters little good if itʼs not been implemented correctly. We need you to help reach out to the boating public and ask them to Get Connected for Rescue.

For recreational boaters, there are three important steps to follow.

1. Register the radio to obtain an MMSI number. (Itʼs free and can be done online.)

2. Enter that number into the radio. (the DSC radio distress alert features will not work without the MMSI number programmed into the radio.)

3. Connect the DSC radio to the GPS. (They may need the help of a qualified technician.)

If boaters take those three steps, help will come quickly when they push the red "Distress" button. If they don't take those three steps, it's likely that help will be delayed.
 
There is a video you can view on the subject at http://vimeo.com/6539272
 

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This page was last updated 3 December 2014