Welcome to the Division 33, District 8WR Web Site

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George McNary, DCDR
Division 33 8WR

                                        Proud ~ Proficient ~ Focused
The Coast Guard considers the Auxiliary its primary resource for recreational boating safety outreach and prevention. Each Coast Guard district around the nation has established a senior officer and staff to provide liaison and coordination between the active-duty Coast Guard and the various Auxiliary units in that district. Collectively, Auxiliarists volunteer over 4.5 million hours per year and complete nearly 500,000 missions – a true force multiplier for the Coast Guard.

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, and provide communications support. We also provide boating safety literature to dealers, and many other activities related to recreational boating safety. In addition, we perform numerous duties related to environmental protection and homeland security. In 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!

Division 33 has a geographically vast area of responsibility consisting of a lot of lakes, rivers, and a large section of the Missouri River. We are responsible for South Dakota, most of Nebraska and the western two-thirds of Iowa.

We have 5 flotillas with 90 plus members:

Two in the Des Moines, IA area, one in Lincoln, NE, and two in the Omaha metro. For more information check the left navigation pane, Flotillas, regarding each one.

If this sounds like an organization that you want to be a part of and contribute to, then keep reading.

Membership is open to any citizen 17 years of age or older, who qualifies. The amount of participation is a member's decision. Background checks are required. Training is free and novice boat owners can develop good seamanship skills as a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. However, boat ownership is not a prerequisite for Auxiliary membership and crewmembers, vessel examiners, public education instructors and other skills are needed. Many expenses associated with Auxiliary membership can be tax deductible.