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The Lake Hartwell Flotilla is a part of Division 2 of the Seventh Coast Guard Auxiliary District, and is active on Lake Hartwell and Lake Keowee in northeast Georgia and upstate South Carolina. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is part of the Department of Homeland Security.


The Purpose of the Auxiliary (Title 14 U.S.C. 822) is to assist the Coast Guard by:
  • Promoting safety and to effect search and rescues on and over the high seas and on navigable waters.
  • Promoting efficiency in the operation of motorboats and yachts.
  • Fostering a wider knowledge of, and better compliance with, the laws, rules, and regulations governing the operation of motorboats and yachts through safe boating classes.
  • Facilitating other operations of the Coast Guard.
Since its creation by Congress in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has served as the civilian volunteer component of the Coast Guard. Today, over 33,000 members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are active on the waterways and in the classrooms in over 2,000 cities and towns across the nation, all to promote boating safety. The Four Cornerstones of the Auxiliary are
  • Member Services
  • Recreational Boating Safety
  • Coast Guard and State Support
  • Fellowship
Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary help keep our lakes safe and enjoyable for recreational boaters through several programs:
  • Classroom instruction in safe boating skills, Personal Watercraft Safety, and other programs to introduce new boaters of all ages to water and boating safety.
  • Vessel Safety Checks
  • Safety patrols

Classes are conducted several times a year. The schedules will be listed on this web site. Classes cover such topics as safety equipment, which boat for you, basic boat handling, weather, trailering your boat, knots and lines, marine engines, and many other topics related to enhancing skills and safety in recreational boating.

Local flotilla members perform over 100 Vessel Safety Checks annually. These examinations are provided to boat owners wishing to have a free, courtesy check of their boat's safety equipment. While performing the VSC, Auxiliary Vessel Examiners conduct a "one-on-one" educational session with the boat owner, providing the owner with an opportunity to ask questions and obtain the latest information on safety equipment and regulations which affect the recreational boater. Vessel Safety Checks are free examinations of your boat and safety equipment by a qualified Vessel Examiner.

The members of the flotilla are also active in conducting safety patrols on our lakes. Using their own boats, which have been equipped and inspected to Coast Guard standards, they can be found on most weekends and holidays, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, assisting the recreational boater and helping to keep our waterways safe.

The flotilla holds monthly meetings on the fourth Saturday of each month at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Office on Hwy 29 North, located a mile south of Hartwell Dam (Winter), or at the Portman Marina (Summer). The meeting starts at 10:00 a.m., and is often followed by a short member training session, plus coffee and doughnuts. For additional information, to register for a class, to schedule a Vessel Safety Check of your boat, or to get information on how you can join the Auxiliary, please visit our Contact page on this site.