Welcome to the Flotilla 24-5, District 9CR Web Site

                                                            AHOY! WELCOME ABOARD! 

 We serve the Great Lakes Bay Area!

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian, non-military component of the United States Coast Guard. There are approximately 30,000 volunteer members throughout the United States. We are part of the Coast Guard Team, created by an act of Congress in 1939. In 2014, we celebrated our 75th Anniversary!!

 Each year, Coast Guard Auxiliary assists the Coast Guard with --

  • Safety and Security Patrols
  • Search and Rescue
  • Mass Causality or Disasters
  • Pollution Response and Patrols
  • Homeland Security
  • Recreational Boating Safety
  • Commercial Fishing and Vessel Exams
  • Platforms for Boarding Parties
  • Recruit for all service in the Coast Guard
  • Serving as food service officers in Coast Guard galleys
  • Assisting the Coast Guard as watchstanders
About the Coast Guard Auxiliary --

As the premier volunteer organization in the Nation, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is comprised of Districts, Divisions and Flotillas. As a group, we make up the National Coast Guard Auxiliary. There are five flotillas in our Division. There are eight Divisions in our District, the 9th Central Region, which is located mostly in Michigan, but extends south into Ohio and Indiana and west into Wisconsin and Minnesota. Our division has approximately 80 members.

 About Our Flotilla -- 

Our flotilla is very active in the "four cornerstones" -- Public Education, Patrols, Vessel Safety Checks and Fellowship, and has been the winner of the Division Captain's Award for many, many, many years. We rock the Great Lakes Bay Region -- join us to make a difference -- join us to have some fun -- join us to enhance your current boating skills -- JOIN US!  Please email our flotilla commander, Randy Mey at: and he'll be more than happy to help you jump aboard!  You may also contact our Human Resources officer, Commodore Jerri A. Smith at:, and she will also offer assistance to get you enrolled in the premier boating safety organization in the Nation!

We have monthly meetings at Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, the 2nd Thursday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m.


                                                                         It will be taught on:

  •  Saturday, May 5, 2018 - "About Boating Safely" at Coast Guard Station Saginaw River.  It is an all day course, running from 8 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m., with a lunch break, mid-day (on your own).   If you pay for your class in advance, you save 50% off of the course fee!
  • **FAMILY DISCOUNT:  If additional family members take the class the same day, and share the same textbook, they pay only an additional $5 per member!


Introduction to Boating – Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics.

Boating Law – Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements.

Boat Safety Equipment –Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment.

Safe Boating – Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety.

Navigation – The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC "tunnel vision."

Boating Problems – Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems.

Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat – Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC.

Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing and River Boating – Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips.

We hope you take advantage of one of our boating safety classes.   

We may be adding additional classes this spring depending on the demand for them.

We want you to be safe on the water!