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Welcome to Flotilla 82, serving Longboat Key, FL and the surrounding waterways. 

 

FLOTILLA COMMANDER'S WELCOME

You've already gotten this far, to the website of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 82, Longboat Key, so it means that you are at least a little bit interested in who we are and what we do.

Officially, our job is: 1. To promote safety and make rescues on and over the high seas and on navigable waters. 2. To promote the more efficient operation of motorboats and yachts. 3.To teach the laws, rules and regulations concerning boats. 4. To help the Coast Guard in their duties.

What all that means is that when you join us, you'll get to chose something to do from a whole list of somethings to do. And we'll train you and guide you step-by-step for free!

You can teach public classes in everything from boating in general, to sailing, to running GPS devices and a lot more.

You can inspect all types of boats. You can learn to work in a crew aboard an Auxiliary patrol boat. Or even better you can train to become a coxswain (sort of the captain) on one of our boats--or your own boat which we can help set up as what we call a Facility. And even better than that--but this is a tough one--you can be trained to work as a crew person aboard an actual U.S. Coast Guard vessel!

You can operate radio and direction finding equipment at our own flotilla radio stations or at the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Cortez, Fl.

You can help inspect harbors, marinas and other places along the waterways for pollution or other
violations or hazards.

You can inspect all the buoys and navigational markers on the waterways.

If you hold a pilot's license, you can be trained to fly search missions directly assisting the U.S. Coast Guard, out of Air Station Clearwater.

And a bunch of other things including helping with our finances, with our record keeping, with our equipment, and with planning our fellowship events. (We do party from time to time.)

And the beauty of the entire scheme is that we'll train you do all those things, and no cost to you, except for your sweat equity. The only downside is that you'll have to pay dues--at this time $50 per year-- and you'll have to buy your own uniforms which are surprisingly inexpensive.

I asked some of our people what it meant to be a member and their answers were pretty much along the same lines: Helping people be safe on the water; learning new skills and making new friends and having fun doing it; community service; duty; and simple humble pride.

 To quote a movie line: There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.

Come, join us.

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We are very fortunate that our Flotilla has a large number of committed members, who are passionate and devoted to the Coast Guard Auxiliary, that give one hundred percent and really make a difference. Nationwide, the Coast Guard Auxiliary has over 32,000 members who provide daily support to the Coast Guard in non-military, non-law enforcement missions, (see message "From the Commandant"). Collectively, Auxiliarists volunteer over 4.5 million hours per year and complete nearly 500,000 missions – a true force multiplier for the Coast Guard!

Along with working side by side the active duty, the auxiliary provide mission support through safety patrols in both air and sea. 

Our goal is to bring recreational boaters safety through educational training and awareness through Boater Safety courses and Vessel Safety Checks

If you are interested and looking for an exciting and meaningful new adventure, one that helps save peoples' lives? Then it is time to become a member in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you have discovered all the amazing opportunities and educational information available to you here. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 82, District 7 Keating Education Center  1599 KEN THOMPSON PKWY Sarasota, FL 34236 Email Us (941) 388-1033