Surface Operations News

Introduction to Risk Management

Having trouble finding the new Risk Management course?  It can be accessed under AUXLMS at this link

  • Log into the site
  • Select the link for "Catalog: Auxiliary"
  • Select the link for Auxiliary Operations Program Catalog
  • Select 100202 Introduction to Risk Management

GAR 2.0 - Presentation from NACON 2018

So you have probably heard all the buzz about the new GAR 2.0.  So just what is it and how different is it from our current GAR Risk Management process?  Well here is a presentation given at NACON that should help clear things up for you.

News from NACON 2018 - Surface STAN Teem Meeting

The Surface Division STAN team met at NACON this month.  Here are the notes from that meeting

Risk Management, PEACE, and GAR 2.0

In March 2018 the Commandant issued ACN 030/18; Promulgation of Risk Management Commandant Instruction. This notice cancelled existing risk management instructions and implemented COMDTINST 3500.3A, which reintroduces the PEACE and STAAR models for risk management and analysis, and also implements GAR 2.0. While we have one year from the promulgation of the message to implement the changes, OIAs are adopting the changes at varying paces.  Full plans for full Auxiliary implementation are being finalized and we will post further information as it becomes available.  Documents and job aids are available from our Members Only page (login required)

This constitutes some major changes in the process that we use to conduct risk analysis; it simplifies the process, and increases accuracy of the end product. In the following links you will find the Commandant Notice, ACN 030/18; the governing instruction, COMDTINST 3500.3A; links to the referenced Job Aids for PEACE, STAAR, and GAR 2.0; and a link to the Risk Assessment Matrix (RAM).

Everyone involved in operations is strongly encouraged to take “Introduction to Risk Management Course” 100202 in AUXLMS,,  within the Auxiliary Operations catalog.

Clarification on Auxiliary use of Inflatable PFDs

Tue, 03 Jul 18  

See memorandum at this link for clarification on use of Inflatable PFDs for Auxiliary members on patrol

Damage Control on Vessels

Damage control on vessels has issues that all need to be addressed, preparation, mitigation, & response. Please see the attached presentation to make sure you have the knowledge and the know-how in dealing with vessel damage control.

Damage Control on Vessels 

** NEW ** Boat Crew Handbooks

Tue, 16 Jan 18  

Hot off the presses the new CG boat crew handbooks are now available.  There are 5 manuals:

  • Boat Operations
  • Rescue and Survival Procedures
  •  Navigation and Piloting
  • Seamanship Fundamentals
  • First Aid

They can be referenced at this link under Training and Qualification Guides and Manuals

These are the new Active Duty manuals that replace the CG Boat Crew Training manual.  The Auxiliary Boat Crew training manual is still in effect .  Where that manual referenced anything in the CG Boat Crew Manual is must now reference these New Crew handbooks.  Until the Auxiliary manual is updated use the cross reference mapping document, also found on the link above, to locate the specifics for that reference notation in the new manuals.


Surface Mishap Data, CG Safety and Work Life Center

The Chief Director of Auxiliary office has recently released Auxiliary Surface Operations mishap data covering the years 2006 to 2016 inclusive; the source of this data is the CG Safety and Work-life Service Center in Norfolk, VA.

Surface Mishaps Info 2006 thru 2016

Navigation Rules FAQ

Tue, 28 Apr 15  
For information on getting a copy of the most current most up to date NavRules manual as well as answers to onter frequently asked questions on navigation rules see this link to the US Coast Guard Navigation Center

Night Operations Presentation

Mon, 13 Apr 15  

The Night Surface Operations Guide (with a couple minor corrections/clarifications) is now available on our Surface Best Practices page at this link. This presentation is the direct result of requests from the field. We on the national staff are here to serve you, the crews on the water.

This presentation is not a requirement or new policy. It is designed as a tool for training and improving our professional seamanship skills.

Surface Mishap Analysis

Mon, 12 May 14   Posted by: John Parker
“The Surface Operations Division has released an “Analysis of Auxiliary Surface Mishaps Report” to all Auxiliary Districts. (Surface_Mishap_Analysis)

This report identifies patterns and trends of auxiliary mishaps from 2010 to early 2013. The report is designed to help reduce operational mishaps and injuries throughout the fleet by providing a summary of mishaps and mishap causation. It also includes general recommendations that can inform your operational training techniques, workshops and
meetings. Please be sure that every crewmember is briefed on the findings of this report.”

James M. McCarty
Chief, Surface Operations Division
National Response Directorate

Additional SABOT Resources

Mon, 11 Feb 13  

Additional resources about the SABOT (Standardized Auxiliary Boat Operation Training) are now available on the new updated D9 web site at:


Tue, 29 Jan 13  

The Standardized Auxiliary Boat Operation Training (SABOT) manual/job aid developed by D9ER is now available at this link

Boat Crew Mentor Program Guide

Posted by: Bruce Pugh DVC-RE

Mentors are the backbone of the USCG Auxiliary Boat Crew Program. Mentors are more senior members with experience in the boat crew program as a certified coxswain, boat crew or PWC operator who assume the responsibility of providing training for another member.  There is a new guide available to assist in this valuable program, click on this link.

Qualification Guides

Posted by: Bruce Pugh DVC-RE

Are you wondering what it takes to get qualified in in the various programs in the Response area: Surface Operations, Air Operations or as a TCO in Tele Communications?  Qualification guides and information can be found at this link.

Line Handling Commands

This document details the specific standard commands that should be used when giving direction to the helmsmen or to your line handlers.  Standard phraseology governing orders to the helmsman or your line handlers is required to ensure orders are understood and promptly executed.  Learn and practice this standard terminology.  Also included in this document is a refresher on standard plotting symbols that should be used when laying out a course or DR plot. See Additional information on our Best Practices page.
[Posted 27 July 2011 - Source Robert Shafer Dir-R]

SABOT Best Practices

A new best practices has been posted on our best practices page regarding Standardized Auxiliary Boat Operations Training (SABOT)
[Posted 28 Jan 2011 - Source Robert Shafer Dir-R]

Updated Form 7008

A new ANSC 7008 PWC Inspection and Offer of Use Form has been posted in the Forms section of the National Web Site and is available for immediate use.  Important: The previous version of the 7008 Form is obsolete and should no longer be used.
[Posted 28 Jan 2011 - Source Robert Shafer Dir-R]

Updated Form 7003

A new ANSC 7003 Vessel Facility Inspection and Offer of Use Form has been posted in the Forms section of the National Web Site and is available for immediate use.  Important: The previous version of the 7003 Form is obsolete and should no longer be used.
[Posted 24 Jan 2011 - Source Robert Shafer Dir-R]


New Currency Maintenance Requirements for PWO

Per ALAUX 037/10 - Item 3. Boat Crew Qualification Program (BCQP) Currency Maintenance (effective 01 January 2011):  In clarification of maintenance hours for Personal Watercraft Operator (PWO), coxswain, and boat crew member, Auxiliarists are required to perform at least 12 currency maintenance hours per calendar year after being qualified as a boat crew member.  If an Auxiliarist is a PWO and boat crew member, then at least 18 annual currency maintenance hours must be performed, with at least 12 of those hours performed as PWO AND at least six hours as boat crew member.  If an Auxiliarist is a coxswain and PWO, then at least 18 annual currency maintenance hours must be performed, with at least 12 of those hours in any combination as coxswain or boat crew member, AND at least six hours as PWO. BCQP currency maintenance requirements are summarized as follows:

  • Boat Crew Member only At least 12 hours/year

  • Coxswain only At least 12 hours/year (all hours may be performed in any combination as Coxswain or Boat Crew Member)

  • Coxswain and PWO At least 12 hours/year in any combination as Coxswain or Boat Crew Member, AND at least 6 hours/year as PWO

  • PWO only At least 12 hours/year

  • PWO and Boat Crew Member At least 12 hours/year as PWO AND at least 6 hours/year as Boat Crew Member

There is a new SAR Incident Form

An updated version of the CG-4612 Auxiliary SAR Incident and MISLE Case Data Entry Report form has been posted to the Auxiliary National Website Forms page.  The new form has been improved to better capture data for MISLE entry. 
[Posted 17 Jun 2010, source: Robert Shafer Dir-R]

GAR (Green Amber Red)

GAR is based on a team discussion to understand and evaluate the risks attendant to a mission and how they will be managed.  This worksheet has been developed and is recommended by National Surface Operations Division and Surface STAN Team.  Please note that this is for use as a GAR Worksheet where local commands have not already provided one.  Be sure to check with your OIA (order issuing authority) for specific forms in your AOR before using this version.
[Posted 01 Sept 2009, Source: Gary Taylor DD-Rd]

ALAUX from the Chief Director

Non-Operational Facilities Category Eliminated -012/09.

   As a matter of information, NEXCOM and the National Bridge recently made final the decision to eliminate "non-operational facilities" from the categories of vessels in the Auxiliary. CG-BSX-1 concurs with this action which is effective immediately.

   The Auxiliary Ensign may now fly only on either inspected surface facilities that display a current facility decal or on vessels owned by Auxiliarists that have successfully completed a Vessel Safety Check and that display a current VSC decal.

   Changes in regards to non-operational facilities to the Auxiliary Operations Policy Manual COMDTINST M16798.3(series) will be reflected in future editions of the manual.

Updated MPC Cards

Mon, 01 Oct 18  

The latest updates for the MPC (Maintenance Procedure Cards) have been posted.  Update Dates are noted for each document.  Please make sure you are using the most current procedures for all PPE inspections.  Remember these are Coast Guard Confidential documents for use by trained PPE inspectors and should not be distributed to anyone else.  If you have printed older versions for your reference please shred/destroy the old copies DO NOT just drop them in a recycling bin.

MPC instruction documents can be found on our Members Only page at this link.