Our Missions in the Madison Area

Here is some background information about the links in the menu to the left.

1)  Surface Operations
  • safety patrols for various marine events on area lakes

    mustangs and GAR

    Early season patrol with crew in full mustangs; going over the GAR score with boat crew trainees

    • Syttende Mai Sailboat Races
    • Paddle and Portage
    • Rhythm and Booms Fireworks
    • Fishing Has No Boundaries
    • Masters Open Water Swim
    • Lights on the Lake Boat Parade
    • Ironman Triathlon
  • lake patrols to assist boaters
    • tow disabled boats
    • assist paddlers in trouble
    • provide information on laws and boating ethics
  • patrols on Lake Winnebago
    • maintain safety zone for seaplane base at EAA
  • training with USCG
    • Ready for Operations (RFO) training in the spring in Madison
    • at Coast Guard Station Milwaukee
  • train on-the-water first responders 
    • Madison area fire departments
    • first responders in the Janesville-Beloit area


2) Vessel Safety Checks

  • complimentary safety check for boats to make sure boats are in compliance with state and federal laws
  • no tickets or warnings; completely unrelated to law enforcement
  • takes about 30 minutes
  • learn more by clicking here 


3)  Public Education

  • About Boating Safely (ABS) classes for all boaters - meets WI DNR certification
  • Paddlesports America (PA) classes for paddlers
  • visits to schools


4)  Public Affairs Events

  • Fishing Expo
  • Canoecopia
  • National Safe Boating Week
  • Safety Saturday
  • Paddle and Portage
  • National Nights Out