Welcome to the Division 18, District 8ER Web Site
In 2014 Division 18 participated in 287 business and marine dealer visits and conducted 51 free vessel safety checks. Our Division is involved in boating safety,vessel inspections, public education, on-the-water patrols in area lakes, and in air patrols along Ohio's waterways including the Ohio River.
Welcome to Division 18, we are part of the 8th District, Eastern Region of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Our area of operation is predominately in Central Ohio.
Our Division consists of 4 flotillas with approximately 81 members. In 2014 we logged 256 hours of on-the-water marine patrols; 57 hours of direct Coast Guard administrative support; over 10 hours of direct Coast Guard operational support and 23 hours in marine safety.
Our unit participated in 119 hours of member training; did 100 hours of public education; 172 hours of Coast Guard public affairs work; and donated 5000 hours towards recreational boating safety.
ABOUT THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
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, 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!