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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Flotilla 59 has been an active member of the Martin and St. Lucie counties boating community since April 1942. As a member of Flotilla 59 you will be working with men and women that donate their time and resources to provide support services to the Coast Guard and its recreational boater safety programs.

As part of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary you may support a team that provides week-end and holiday safety patrols; search and rescue missions for missing or overdue boats; radio watch standing; teaching boating safety classes; providing vessel safety checks; working with high school counselors to identify students eligible for scholarship appointments to the Coast Guard Academy; marine pollution and safety support activities and more.

Expectations

Being a member of the Auxiliary, requires commitment and a complete understanding that members are not paid for their time, service, uniforms, or equipment. As a member you may spend many hours training, learning, practicing and qualifying for a program before working in these specialty areas.

Initial training involves the mandated training courses that establish the baseline of professional conduct as a member. In addition, each member must complete the Basic Introduction Course (BIC).

After completing the mandated training and the BIC courses, you are expected to move into one or more of the programs areas. These include:

Public Education – In this program members train and demonstrate their abilities to be an Instructor and participate in the Boater Education Programs.

Public Visitations - In this program members train and demonstrate their abilities to present a professional appearance while visiting local marine stores and facilities. 

Vessel Safety Checks - In this program members train and demonstrate their abilities to board and inspect recreational boat for compliance with required safety provisions for their vessel. This is a non-regulatory program that educates the recreational boater on the safety equipment needs for their vessel.

Watch Standing - In this program members train and demonstrate their abilities to operate a marine radio station and maintain communications with the Coast Guard and Auxiliary boat crews. 

Boat Crew - In this program members train and demonstrate their abilities to function as a boat crew member on an Auxiliary facility. This is Auxiliary’s On-The-Water program and one of the most challenging programs.

Outcome

As a member you will assist the Coast Guard in non-military and non-law enforcement programs such as public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, maritime security and environmental protection.