Our Mission

Our Missions

As one of four flotillas in Division 02, Flotilla 21 is directly involved with USCG Auxiliary core missions in the Puget Sound area.  The Auxiliary needs dedicated, motivated people more than ever.  Here are some ways you can be involved:


Boating Safety:

Recreational Boating Safety is, according to the Commandant of the Coast Guard, the primary mission the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  We conduct Boating Safety Classes, give free vessel safety checks, and work with partners throughout the maritime community to reduce deaths and injuries on the water.  Members perform on-the-water patrols, search and rescue missions, and safety patrols during Seafair and local regattas.  And you don’t need to own a boat to participate:  many members serve as crew personnel for Auxiliary vessels.  Auxiliary members also staff boating safety booths at area boat shows.


Homeland Security:

We really do guard the coast!  As its Homeland Security missions expand, the active duty Coast Guard looks to the Auxiliary to augment security missions.  We seek volunteers to participate in activities ranging from security patrols to administration, often working side-by-side with active duty USCG personnel.


Vessel Examination:

Members of the Auxiliary perform free vessel safety checks, a key element of the Coast Guard’s Recreational Boating Safety program.  Along with checking vessels for compliance with safety requirements, Vessel Examiners answer questions about related topics such as charts and aids, or weather and sea conditions.


Public Affairs: 

Keeping the public informed about the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary is an important mission, as is communicating to members about Auxiliary activities around the country, or up-to-the-minute operations needing Auxiliary involvement.  Flotilla 21 members also stand watch at the Alki Point Lighthouse to greet visitors and share information about this historical facility.


Aids to Navigation:

Flotilla 21 is responsible for inspecting private aids to navigation like private mooring buoys, which are not maintained by the Coast Guard.


Radio Communications:

Auxiliarists who meet the Auxiliary’s radio communications standards are eligible to serve as regular Watchstanders at Coast Guard Stations.


But I’m not qualified in any of these areas?

The Coast Guard Auxiliary provides its members with the training to succeed, whether that training happens in a classroom, dockside, on-the-water, or from home via the Auxiliary’s “distance learning” resources.


 Flotilla 21 is part of Division II of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Operating from Kenmore, Washington we serve the North Seattle boating community.  Our primary focus is to help educate recreational boaters about safety.  

 Since its creation by Congress in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (the Auxiliary) has served as the civilian, non-military, non-law enforcement component of the Coast Guard. Today, the 30,000 volunteer men and women of the Auxiliary are active on the waterways and classrooms in over 2,000 cities and towns across the nation.

Being a member of the Auxiliary is a great way to learn about boating safely.  You do not need to be a boat owner or have boating experience to join.  The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is a diverse group with many of it's members serving in support roles.  

Flotilla 21 meets at 7:00pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Kenmore City Hall.  If you are interested in becoming a member or learning more about the Auxiliary please contact us for more information.