Flotilla 45-1 Member Training

Boat Crew - Ashore Training Tasks occur during the winter.

  • Crew Fatigue
  • Personal Physical Requirements and Policies
  • Boat Crew Survival Equipment
  • Marine Distress Flares
  • Parts of a Line and the Bends, Hitches, and Knots Used in Line Handling
  • Marine Distress Signals
  • Plot Positions using Latitude and Longitude
  • Navigation and Advanced Coastal Navigation
  • First Aid
  • Lights, Sounds, Emergency Signals
  • Fire
  • Use of Emergency Equipment

trainees working in navigation chart 

crew navigation training 
Boat crew trainees doing hands-on navigation exercises.

CPR training  First Aid
Boat crew trainees and other interested Auxiliarists earn their AHA-BLS certifications by learning CPR
and AED use.  They also practice accessing and treating victims of simulated medical emergencies.

Upcoming sessions being planned for summer boating season:

  • all on-the-water tasks (towing, anchoring, man overboard, practical navigation, search and rescue, line handling, boat handling skills, including station-keeping, radio communications, and many more skills-based activities)

Other Training Opportunities Available:

  • Vessel Examiner
    • learn to conduct Vessel Safety Checks on recreational boats
    • ensures compliance with state and federal laws
    • one-on-one opportunity to talk to boaters about safe boating
  • Recreational Boating Safety Program Visitor
    • visit various stores that sell boats and equipment
    • set up small literature displays for these merchants
  • Incident Command System (ICS)
    • series of courses from FEMA
    • deals with structure and heirarchy of how to handle emergencies at any scale
    • 2 courses required for boat crew
    • 3 additional courses required for coxswain
    • higher levels if interested in more experience:  a new ICS-related program for 9WR has been created to assist with incidents that may occur in our District. The program is now open to accept committed Division 45 Auxiliarists in the areas of Command Staff, Operations, Planning, and Logistics.  Training to begin in Fall 2015.  Click here for more details.
  • Navigation Rules
    • required for coxswain
  • Operations Specialist (AUXOP)
    • combinations of courses taken by Auxiliarists interested in learning more
    • courses include:
      • Seamanship, Patrols, Communications, Weather, Navigation, and Search & Rescue
      • administrative courses
      • various ICS courses
    • learn to be a chef for the USCG
    • serve in Station galleys and aboard cutters
  • Coastie Operator
    • Coastie is a small, remote controlled boat that talks to kids at Public Affairs events
  • C-Schools
    • 3-5 day classes around the country; all expenses paid
    • learn Public Affairs, Computer Operations, or Administration, plus many other programs