Links to Associated Subjects
- United States Coast Guard
- U.S. Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard is a military, multi-mission, maritime service and one of the nation’s five Armed Services. Its mission is to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic interests – in the nation’s ports and waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support national security.
- Chief Director of the Auxiliary (CHDIRAUX)
Direct repesentative of the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
- Commandant's Corner
A website used by the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard as a communication tool. The site includes links to iCommandant blog, All Hands Messages, Official Photo, Biography, Podcasts, Facebook pages, etc.
- Compass Program - Diversity
The mission of the program is to increase knowledge of the Coast Guard in the general public at large, with a particular focus on communities that have not traditionally heard abut the Coast Guard. Members enrolled in the program strive to go places the recruiters have not yet been; to go places where people have not ye heard the Coast Guard Story. Auxiliary members are encouraged to become a member of the program and help the CG reach out to areas and people who may not be knowledgeable of the Coast Guard. Complete details about the program are available on the Compass website including FAQs and an application to enroll in the program which may be submitted electronically.
- Finance Center - Coast Guard
Obtain a Travel Voucher Summary - a 3-4 page report, generated when you submit a Travel Claim (note this is for Travel only....not Patrol Orders), that breaks your travel down by line items
A U.S. Coast Guard website which enables partnership, centralization of knowledge, disseminates information and provides a service to the public. From this website, Merchant Mariners can now check the status of application packages throughout the verification and approval process by clicking on the Merchant Mariners tab and then clicking on Merchant Mariner Application Status.
- Marine Safety & Environmental Protection
Welcome to the United States Coast Guard's Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection website. Here you'll find documents and other information of general interest to the maritime community. The site is updated daily.
- Mutual Assistance
Central purpose is to assist clients during their time of financial need.
- Navigation Center
Formerly the "Omega Navigation Center", NAVCEN now controls 78 DGPS sites and 24 LORAN stations across the United States (approximately half of the DGPS sites and LORAN stations are controlled by the Navigation Center Detachment in Petaluma, California. In addition, NAVCEN has responsibility for the development of high accuracy DGPS, and the development of new navigation technologies such as the use of inertial and enhanced LORAN to back up GPS. NAVCEN is also responsible for the Integrated ATONIS project; this effort aims to automate the collection and dissemination of aids to navigation information.
- National Response Center
The NRC is the sole federal point of contact for reporting oil and chemical spills. If you have a spill to report, contact us via our toll-free number or check out our Web Site for additional information on reporting requirements and procedures. For those without 800 access, please contact us at 202-267-2675. The NRC operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- Office of Boating Safety (G-OPB)
The U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety (G-OPB) is dedicated to reducing loss of life, injuries, and property damage that occur on U.S. waterways by improving the knowledge, skills, and abilities of recreational boaters.
- Eighth Coast Guard District (Central US and Gulf Coast)
The current Eighth Coast Guard District, headquartered in New Orleans, covers all or part of 26 states throughout the Gulf Coast and heartland of America. It stretches from the Appalachian Mountains and Chattahoochee River in the east to the Rocky Mountains in the west, and from the U.S.-Mexico border and the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border in North Dakota, which includes 15,490 miles of coastline and 10,300 miles of inland navigable waterways.
- Sector Offices:
- Upper Mississippi (St. Louis, MO)
- Lower Mississippi (Memphis, TN)
- Senior Coast Guard Leadership
Includes messages, speeches, policy statements, news and more.
- Charts and Charting
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Districts
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has 8 divisions (also called Regional Business Centers) throughout the US with 41 district offices in the US, Asia and Europe, and field offices throughout the world. The USACE divisions and districts follow watershed boundaries, not state boundaries, so a state could be divided into several divisions/districts. This link leads you to listing of all Divisions and Districts in a particular state and the charts and maps they offer
- Clean Waterways
100th Meridian Initiative
The 100th Meridian Initiative is a cooperative effort between state, provincial and federal agencies to prevent the westward spread of zebra mussels and other aquatic nuisance species in North America. The site identifies locations now populated by the zebra mussels and gives ways to stop the hitchhiking. There is a special webpage built for the Coast Guard Auxiliary containing links from which Auxiliarists may download and submit information. It can be reached by selecting the Coast Guard Auxiliary link in the left column of the home page or by selecting this link.
- National Response Center
The primary function of the National Response Center is to serve as the sole national point of contact for reporting all oil, chemical, radiological, biological, and etiological discharges into the environment anywhere in the United States and its territories. In addition to gathering and distributing spill data for Federal On-Scene Coordinators and serving as the communications and operations center for the National Response Team, the NRC maintains agreements with a variety of federal entities to make additional notifications regarding incidents meeting established trigger criteria.
- Sea Partners Campaign
The Sea Partners Campaign is an environmental education and outreach program focused on communities at large to develop community awareness of maritime pollution issues and to improve compliance with marine environmental protection laws and regulations.
- Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Regulations
Working with the Great Lakes Region 5 of the EPA, the BoatU.S. Foundation developed easy to understand web pages for marina operators on the federal Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations. Applicable to any marina in the U.S., included is a simple worksheet that allows a marina owner or operator to easily review the requirements and determine whether or not their facility needs a SPCC plan, which generally includes marinas that can store more than 1320 gallons of fuel above ground.
- Vessel Sewage Discharge Program
EPA, the Coast Guard, and States work together, under Clean Water Act Section 312 (hereafter referred to as "Section 312"), to protect human health and the aquatic environment from disease-causing microorganisms which may be present in sewage from boats.
- Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity is about our commitment to embrace men and women of all racial, cultural, ethnic and religuous backgrounds as full, equal and vital members of our organization.
- Documenting Vessels
National Vessel Documentation Center - website contains links to Vessel Documentation Forms, Fee Schedule, Address/Phone Information, Frequently Asked Questions and other information related to documenting a vessel.
Boat oil, antifreeze, chemical disposal - If your local marina or fuel dock doesn't offer recycling or collection information, visit http://Earth911.org . This website searches by zip code to find the nearest public site accepting used motor oil, antifreeze, chemicals and almost any other hazardous household or boat products being discarded.Events
- National Safe Boating Week
An annual campaign dedicating a full week towards promoting boating safety. Learn more about the campaign
- Flag Code
The Flag Code document provides information on the time and occasions for display of the flag, position and manner of display, respect for the flag and other valuable information. The document is available in MS Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF at the link shown above.
- Carbon Monoxide
Protect yourself from this silent killer! Carbon monoxide can collect within, alongside or behind a boat in minutes in a variety of ways.
- Homeland Security
- America's Waterway Watch - a public outreach program, encouraging participants to simply report suspicious activity to the Coast Guard and /or other law enforcement agencies.
- Interpreter Corps - USCG Auxiliary
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Interpreter Corps is a Division of the USCG Auxiliary International Affairs Directorate. Interpreters are member of the USCG Auxiliary and offer their linguistic skills to the US Coast Guard and other agencies of the Department of Homeland Security. Learn more about this service by browsing the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Interpreter Corps website.
National Legislative Liaison Committee - the committee was created by the National Coast Guard Auxiliary Board. The webpage is intended to keep the members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary up to date with legislative happenings and the boating public as well
- Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002
- Overview of the act, implementation, who it applies to, other initiatives and programs, examples of vessels & facilities most directly impacted by the regulations. (Adobe 388 KB)
- Auxiliary MARSEC Plan Questions and Answers, November 22, 2004. View the document in Word (26 KB) or Adobe Acrobat (41KB) format.
- Auxiliary MARSEC Plan Questions and Answers - View the document in Word (26 KB) or Adobe Acrobat (41KB) format.
- Military Rank Insignia
Military rank is more than just who salutes whom. Military rank is a badge of leadership. Responsibility for personnel, equipment, and mission grows with each increase in rank. Rank Insignia
- Other Boating Safety Organizations
The Association of Rescue at Sea, Inc. -- Not-for-profit organization supporting the needs of search and rescue organizations.
- Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary
- National Boating Federation
Composed of the largest nationwide alliance of recreational boating organizations and associate members. It is a volunteer watchdog and educational organization, an organization that shares a mutual deep concern for the well being of our waterways and their best use.
- National Safety Council
Boating Safety Page
Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue
Virgin Islands Search and Rescue
- U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps
Hands-on nautical training for individuals 13-17 years of age at Navy and Coast Guard facilities.
- Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
- Table by state identifying who is required to wear a PFD and under what circumstance plus what the penalties are for violating PFD regulations. (Adobe Acrobat 42 KB)
- Colorado update
- Check the NASBLA website for other possible updates.
- Safe Boating
- Boating Safety Division
The official website of the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division.
- Department of Boating - U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
- Float Plan Central
Float Plan - a written statement (as by a skipper) of the details of an intended voyage (as of a boat or watercraft) usually filed with a neighbor and/or marina operator; a document that specifically describes the vessel, equipment, crew, and itinerary of a planned voyage. Get the plan free.
- Boating Laws and Boating License Requirements (State)
Each state has unique boating education requirements, and the boating rules, laws and regulations vary from state to state for obtaining a boat license or safety certification. Visit this site for links to each state
- Waterway Information
- Daily Streamflow Conditions
Real-time data typically are recorded at 15-60 minute intervals, stored onsite, and then transmitted to USGS offices every 4 hours. Recording and transmission times may be more frequent during critical events. Data from real-time sites are relayed to USGS offices via satellite, telephone, and/or radio and are available for viewing within 3 minutes of arrival. U.S. Geological Survey.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Districts
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has 8 divisions (also called Regional Business Centers) throughout the US with 41 district offices in the US, Asia and Europe, and field offices throughout the world. The USACE divisions and districts follow watershed boundaries, not state boundaries, so a state could be divided into several divisions/districts. This link leads you to listing of all Divisions and Districts in a particular state.
- Water Patrol