Welcome to the Division 3, District 8WR Web Site

Welcome to Division 3 of the United States Coast Guard 8th Western Rivers Region and thank you for taking the time to view our website. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is a civilian, volunteer organization administered by the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, under the direction of the Secretary of Homeland Security. Auxiliary volunteers are primarily tasked with recreational boating safety. We receive specialized training in order to conduct marine and air patrols on and over local waterways, assist in Search and Rescue, teach boating safety classes, conduct free courtesy vessel safety checks for the public, and assist the Coast Guard in times of emergencies. Advanced training prepares us to serve alongside our active-duty shipmates as communications watchstanders, pilots or air crew, interpreters, and even as chefs! We are a force multiplier for the U. S. Coast Guard and participate in all Coast Guard missions except for direct law enforcement and direct military missions.

Division 3's Locale

Division 3 is one of 12 Divisions in District 8, Western Rivers, which encompasses all or part of 16 states. Our Division is located in the St. Louis Metropolitan area and is divided into seven flotillas and two detachments ( a flotilla’s subgroup). The flotilla is the grassroots, elemental work group within the USCG Auxiliary. It’s made up of people with differing levels of education, talent, experiences and of differing ages, but who are united in their commitment to working together to serve their country through the US Coast Guard. Each of our seven flotillas and two detachments meet monthly in a different geographical location. On the Missouri side of the Mississippi River, our flotillas meet in St. Charles, Bridgeton, Fenton, Florissant, West County, Clayton, and Washington, MO. Our detachments meet in Desoto, MO and Belleville, IL.

Join The Coast Guard Auxiliary

Membership in the Auxiliary is open to persons 17 years of age and older. Our members come from many different backgrounds allowing us to utilize various skill sets, talents and experiences. Some of our members join with little or no boating experience, while others are seasoned licensed Captains. We have retired military members and members with no military experience but a common denominator among all members is a love of country and a desire to keep the boating public safe on American waterways. We live by the USCG Auxiliary’s core valves of HONOR, RESPECT and DEVOTION TO DUTY.

Benefits of Membership

Our members can take advantage of free training advancing their knowledge and skills. Course content available to members only includes but is not limited to the following list of areas of interest. • Advanced Coastal Navigation • Search & Rescue • Marine Safety • Aids-to-Navigation • Weather • Seamanship • Radio Communications • Leadership and Management • Public Affairs • Distance Education • Program Management • You can even study to become an Aux Chef
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