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"The purpose of the Auxiliary is to assist the Coast Guard as authorized by the Commandant in performing any function, power, duty, role, mission or operation authorized by law."  Title 14 U.S.C.


We are the uniformed civilian volunteer arm of the United States Coast Guard. 

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Seabird 2010

Seabird 2010

Coxswain and Boat Crew Training Academy

Getting ready for on-the-water operations

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress in 1939 to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety. It boasts more than 35,000 members from all walks of life who receive special training so that they may be a functional part of Coast Guard Forces. Auxiliarists assist the Coast Guard in non-law enforcement programs such as public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, maritime security, and environmental protection and Coast Guard Academy introduction programs for youth. Auxiliarists volunteer more than 2 million hours annually to benefit other boaters and their families.

Auxiliary members receive special training so that they may be an important, functional part of Team Coast Guard (active duty, reserves, and Auxiliary). Being an Auxiliarist will add a new dimension to your boating activities and enable you to share in the worthwhile experience of assisting boaters and saving lives. Auxiliary activities and this web site are dedicated to the safety of the commercial and recreational boating public.

Each member of Division 7 provides skills that are as widely varied as their geographic location. Backgrounds include finance, manufacturing, fire fighting, professional, teaching, administration, marketing, and many more. Although the specific talents may not necessarily apply directly to every one of our Coast Guard Auxiliary activities, the diversity sure makes our get-togethers interesting and fun!

To serve our customers (our members, the Coast Guard, the boating public) in a supportive inspiring, educational, and professional manner. We will support Team Coast Guard in the best and most effective manner that we are capable of doing. We will inspire and assist our members in reaching the maximum level of training and leadership that they can attain. We will educate our members and the boating public on safe boating practices to the maximum of our abilities. We will be professional in everything that we do, and abide by the governing policies established by the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, always reflecting the Coast Guard core values of Honor, Respect, and devotion to Duty.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the volunteer, civilian component of the United States Coast Guard. It operates through an independent, non-profit organization, providing millions of hours of mission assistance to the Coast Guard annually. While the Coast Guard provides some training materials, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is funded primarily from member's dues and charitable contributions. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a tax-exempt organization, making contributions deductible for income tax purposes. For more information, please contact us. Your interest and generous support of our organization helps save lives and is greatly appreciated.

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  • The 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 that district.

    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 presence!

  • 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, numerious 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 you should join, visit "Recruiting". You will not be sorry!