Our Mission

The primary mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is Recreational Boating Safety. Flotilla 6-8 is the lead unit responsible for providing support in Southern California's Dana Point Harbor and surrounding waterways.


Our unit conducts various missions that include:

Boating Safety Course

FREE Vessel Safety Checks

Commercial Fishing and Vessel Exams

Homeland Security

Mass Casualty and Disaster Support

Pollution Response


and Search and Rescue

USCG Rescue at Sea 

The mission of the Auxiliary Operations Division is: to provide oversight assistance, and support for air and surface operations of the Coast Guard Auxiliary; to further the goals of Recreational Boating Safety; and to assist the United States Coast Guard when it calls upon the Auxiliary.

Boating And Non-Boating Programs

Below is a brief but comprehensive listing of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's many missions.

Surface (water) Missions

Safety Patrol - Patrol under Coast Guard orders using an Auxiliary Operational Facility.
Regatta Patrol - Patrolling organized regattas and boat parades.
Chart Update Patrol - Verifying the accuracy and completeness of information published on charts and related navigation publications.
PWC Patrol - Patrolling on a Personal Water Craft (PWC).

Air Operations Missions

SAR Mission - Search And Rescue call out or the air equivalent to a vessel safety patrol.
Enforcement of Laws and Treaties - Air support of a Coast Guard law enforcement mission.
MEP Mission - Air support in the area of Marine Environmental Protection.
Ice Operations Mission - Air support in the area of ice patrol operations.
Logistics Mission - Transportation of personnel.
Training Mission - Training missions involving air operations.

Land-based Operations Missions

Radio Watchstander - Serving as a qualified watchstander at a Coast Guard or Auxiliary facility.
Officer of the Day Duties - OOD at a Coast Guard facility either ashore or afloat.
B-2 Alert SAR Standby - Time spent on stand-by.
B-0 Alert SAR Standby - Standing by under with an Auxiliary Operational Facility for immediate call out.
SAR Call Out - Search And Rescue call out involving communication facilities.
CG Crew Augmentation - Serving as a qualified crew on Coast Guard, not Auxiliary, vessels.
Enforcement of Laws and Treaties - Providing surface support of Coast Guard law enforcement mission.
MEP Mission - Surface support for a Marine Environmental Protection mission.
Auxiliary Radio Net Mission - Maintaining Coast Guard authorized Auxiliary radio nets.
Aids to Navigation Mission-Federal - Servicing federal or private Aids to Navigation.
Bridge Administration - Inspecting bridges.

Public Education Missions

PE Other Than State/Youth - Auxiliary multi-lesson public education classes.
State and Youth Courses - State public education classes and youth courses.
MT Instructor Mission - Member training activity, including specialty courses, boats crew training, and basic qualification classes.

Environmental Missions

Enforcement of Laws and Treaties - Provide support to a Coast Guard law enforcement mission.
Marine Environmental Protection - Provide support to the Coast Guard in the area of Marine Environmental Protection.

Coast Guard Support and Boating Safety Missions

CG Operational Support - A service provided to operational Coast Guard units in support of Coast Guard programs.
CG Administrative Support - Provide support to the Coast Guard in areas other than operations or recruiting.
AIM Mission - The Auxiliary's Academy Introduction Mission (AIM).
RAP Mission - Coast Guard Recruiting Assistance Program (RAP).
Courtesy Marine Examinations - Vessel Safety Checks; Personal Water Craft Safety Checks; Uninspected Passenger Vessel; and Commercial Fishing Vessel.
Public Affairs Mission - Promoting the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and Coast Guard Reserve.
Marine Dealer Visits - Participating in the Marine Dealer Visitation Program.

Agency Support Missions

Federal Agencies - Provide non-operational support to other federal agencies, such as Customs, Corps of Engineers and NOAA.
State Agencies - Provide support to state agencies, such as the Department of Natural Resources, State Police and Marine Patrols.
Local Agencies - Provide support to local agencies, such as local police, sheriff's offices, fire/rescue and Harbormasters