Welcome to the Division 9, District 7 Web Site
DIVISION COMMANDER (DCDR) DIVISION VICE COMMANDER (VCDR) Thomas W Bamford Douglas E Donovan
Division 9 is home to over 460 dedicated, diverse and highly trained Auxiliary members. We are the largest Division within the western region of 7th District.
The Division's area of operations consists of nine Flotillas, responsible for approximately 500 square miles of Southwest Florida, its navigable waterways, adjacent coastal areas and airspace.
Our volunteers are responsible for conducting search and rescue operations, safety patrols, increasing safety awareness among the boating public and providing education in seamanship to recreational boaters. We are guided by the US Coast Guard's core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to duty in everything we do. We proudly serve alongside our Active Duty and Reserve counterparts in supporting Station Fort Myers Beach and Sector St. Petersburg’s Response, Prevention and Logistics departments.
Division 9 Area of Responsibility (AOR)
ABOUT THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, all-volunteer component of
the United States Coast Guard. The Auxiliary was created by an Act of
Congress in 1939, and has grown to over 32,000 members who daily support
the Coast Guard in all its non-military, and non-law-enforcement
missions. We have members and units in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the
Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.
Auxiliary members conduct safety patrols on local waterways, assist in Search and Rescue, teach boating safety classes, conduct free vessel safety checks for the public, provide boating safety literature to dealers, as well as many other activities related to recreational boating safety.
The Coast Guard
considers the Auxiliary its primary resource for recreational boating
safety outreach and prevention (see the message "From the Commandant"),
and each Coast Guard district around the nation has established a
senior officer and staff to provide tight liaison and coordination
between the active-duty Coast Guard and the various Auxiliary units in
And in many inland
portions of the country, where the majority of U.S. recreational boating
occurs on lakes and rivers, the Auxiliary is the sole Coast Guard
But the Auxiliary is more than recreational boating safety; we regularly serve alongside our active-duty shipmates serving as communications watchstanders, uninspected passenger vessel inspectors, training resources for air and sea operations, numerous duties related to environmental protection and homeland security, and even as chefs! In fact, there are nearly two dozen "qualifications" open to Auxiliarists willing to put in the time and training. Collectively, Auxiliarists volunteer over 4.5 million hours per year and complete nearly 500,000 missions – a true force multiplier for the Coast Guard!
Membership in the Auxiliary is open to
persons 17 years of age and older. We are organized into 16 districts
nationwide, comprised of 171 divisions with approximately 980 flotillas.
No matter where you live, there is a flotilla near you. Find the unit
nearest your Zip Code by clicking on "Units" at the top of this page.
And for dozens of reasons why you should join, visit "Recruiting". You
will not be sorry!
PLEASE LEARN MORE ABOUT US BY EXPLORING OUR SITE. IT'S FOR EVERYONE!