Marine Safety


There are a variety of ways that Auxiliary members can participate in promoting marine safety and protecting the environment. Promoting marine safety and environmental protection is everyone’s job and should be a part of any Public Education class, Public Affairs communication, Vessel Examination or RBSVP visit.  It can be simple as handing out coloring books, Coast Guard rules and regulations, or America’s Waterway Watch literature, or as complex as working toward earning the Trident device.

For Auxiliary members interested in getting more involved, a solid first step is earning the Marine Safety Training Ribbon, part of the Auxiliary Trident training program.  The Auxiliary Trident Training Program is designed to increase the professional knowledge of those who desire to work in this program area and to train Auxiliary members to support Coast Guard Sectors in their Marine Safety and Environmental Programs.

The following on-line and classroom educational courses are required to earn the Marine Safety Training Ribbon:

• ICS-100, ICS-200, IS-700 and IS-800 (on-line)
• ICS-210 (Coast Guard version available on-line) or ICS-300 (Coast Guard
classroom version only)
• Good Mate (on-line)
• Introduction to Marine Safety and Environmental Protection (IMSEP) (on-line)

In addition, the Auxiliarist must complete at least one Performance Qualification Standard (PQS), which is basically a series of tasks to be completed in the form of a checklist, signed-off by a qualified Auxiliarist or Coast Guard official, and certified by a competent authority.

Once all of the courses and one PQS are completed, the Auxiliarist completes and submits an application for award of the Marine Safety ribbon to the DSO-MS.

With the exception of a few Auxiliary specific PQS, training for most qualifications is done by active duty or reserve Coast Guard personnel. Marine Safety PQS available at Sector Baltimore are:

• Auxiliary Administrative and Management Specialist (Auxiliary specific)
• Auxiliary Prevention Outreach Specialist (Auxiliary specific)
• Auxiliary Assistant Container Inspector
• Auxiliary Assistant Facility Inspector
• Auxiliary Uninspected Passenger Vessel Inspector
• Commercial Fishing Vessel Inspector
• Auxiliary Assistant Pollution Investigator

After obtaining the Marine Safety Ribbon, the Auxiliarist can pursue the prestigious Marine Safety Device, also known as the Trident Device.

For the Trident Device, the Auxiliarist is required to complete all requirements for earning the Marine Safety Ribbon plus completing four (4) PQS; perform at least 96 hours of program activity per year for at least 5 years. These do not have be consecutive.

If you’d like more information visit the Auxiliary Prevention Department website, which may be found at or contact our Flotilla Staff Officer for Marine Safety (FSO-MS).