Welcome to the District 8CR Web Site

 Commodore Dave McCandless
Thomas "Dave" McCandless
District 8CR Commodore

Welcome to the home page of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, District Eight, Coastal Region, The Guardians of the Gulf. Our organization has over 1900 men and women who are members of the largest and most highly trained volunteer maritime assistance organization in existence. In addition to our operations in the Gulf of Mexico, we have many members offering the same high level of support in our rivers and inland lakes. Our area of responsibility stretches from the panhandle of Florida westward through Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and New Mexico. It also includes part of Georgia.

The Auxiliary is composed of dedicated and well trained volunteers who donate their time and expertise in supporting the active duty Coast Guard in all its assigned missions except direct law enforcement. 

Our primary mission is promoting and supporting recreational boating safety and that includes involvement in Search and Rescue efforts, Maritime Domain Awareness, Underway Operations, Marine Safety, Public Education, and Vessel Safety Examinations, both recreation and commercial. In addition to that we have members with specialty skills like radio operators, web masters, computer specialists, pilots, public affairs specialists, and language interpreters. The list is long. We are a force multiplier for the active duty Coast Guard and we assist them during normal and emergency situations in nearly every mission they have. Our commonly used descriptive title is "America's Volunteer Lifesavers".

Our members, both male and female, have joined for a variety of reasons; just one is the contribution of their time and expertise devoted to enhancing the Security of our Homeland and interacting with the public to promote boating safety. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member, click on the "Join us now" link at the top and someone will contact you.

We are the Guardians of the Gulf and we are Semper Paratus! Always Ready!

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