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Tips for Safety on the Water During the Summer 2024 Boating Season

Summer offers the perfect opportunity to relish local waterways. Whether you're into boating, fishing, or water sports, it's crucial to practice responsibility both on and in the water. The Safe Boating Campaign, spearheaded by the National Safe Boating Council and the U.S. Coast Guard, provides these safety tips for boaters:

1.Wear a life jacket. No matter what activity you have planned on the
water, always remember to wear a life jacket every time you are on the water.
Accidents on the water can happen much too fast to reach and put on a stowed
life jacket.

2.Make sure your life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard approved, appropriate for
your water activity and fits properly. A life jacket that is too large or too
small can cause different situational problems.

3.Know state boating laws. Rules and laws can differ from state to state
and violations can result in ticketing, fines or jail time.

4.Take a boating safety course. Learn valuable tips that can help save your
life in unexpected situations.

5.Make sure your boat is prepared. There are many items that need to be
checked and rechecked on any boat. Schedule a Vessel Safety Check with your
local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons before you hit the
water. Every Vessel Safety Check is conducted 100 percent free of charge.

6.Always file a float plan. File a float plan before you leave shore with
someone you trust that includes details about the trip, boat, persons, towing
or trailer vehicle, communication equipment, and emergency contacts.

7.Check the weather, including the water temperature. Know the latest
marine weather forecast prior to going out, and keep a regular check for
changing conditions.

8.Don’t drink while you boat. Where the primary cause was known, alcohol
was listed as a leading factor in boating-related deaths.

9.Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning. Gasoline-powered engines on boats,
including onboard generators, produce carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless and
odorless gas that can poison or kill someone who breathes too much of it. Be
sure to install and maintain a working CO detector, never block exhaust
outlets, and always dock, beach or anchor at least 20 feet away from the
nearest boat that is running a generator or engine.

10.Keep in touch. Communication devices
can be the most important piece of emergency equipment on board a vessel,
especially in case of emergency. Be sure to have and know how to use at least
two communication devices that work when wet, such as satellite phones,
emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRB), VHF radios, and personal
locator beacons (PLB).

By following these tips, you can enjoy your boat, the water, sunshine and fresh air responsibly. For additional boating resources and tips, please visit 

New Leaders Assume Helm

Tue, 13 Dec 22  
Richard C. Events is the new 9ER district commodore and Steven Botsford is chief of staff. -more-
Tue, 09 Feb 21  

New Online District Store

The new online district store for the Ninth District Eastern Region is up and running under the direction of Charles M. Criss, DSO-MA. The store initially is featuring a lot of accessories as well as some clothing items. To access the store, click here. For questions and help with ordering, contact District Staff Officer Charles Criss at 585-808-6004 or via email at

2021 Spring Virtual D-Train from 1 March to 1 April

(25 Jan 21) A Virtual District Training Conference takes place in March. Log in to download brochure.

2020 Spring D-Train Boasts Something for Everyone

(04 Feb 20) District Training Conference takes place March 13-15. Brochure/reservation form

AUXLAMS Leadership Course at Fall D-TRAIN

(12 Aug 2019   National C Schol Takes Place Over 3 Days in Dunkirk, NY  more

New Issue of Eastwind Magazine: Fall/Winter 2018-2019

(27 Feb 19) CG Budget Restrictions Put Print Version on Hold. Eastwind page.

Spring D-Train Boasts a Number of Seminars

(10 Feb 19) District Training Conference takes place March 14-17. Brochure/reservation form.

2019-2020 Strategic and Business Plan

(5 Feb 19) Commodore J. Sopko shares District 9ER's Strategic Plan more

District Training Conference Features Something for Everyone, Sept. 13-16, 2018

(14 Aug 2018)  Fall DTrain Brochure | Fall DTrain Reservation Form (fillable in Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Coast Guard Auxiliary: Social Media Policy and Guidelines  

(31 Jan 2018)  Check out the Coast Guard's Handbook and Personal Use Policy  more

2017 National Safe Boating Week: Kick Off Event in Oswego May 20  

(5 May 2017)  Auxiliary, Power Squadron Team Up with Museum to Teach Boat Safety  more

District Installs 2017 Senior Leadership Team  

(23 Sept 2016)  Robert Scofield Is New Commodore  more           district conference photo gallery

Advance Knowledge, Skills at Fall D-Train in Dunkirk Sept. 14-18.

(05 Sept 2016)  Training Conference Includes Something for All Skill Levels     brochure

Cold Water, Even Unfrozen, Is Still a Serious Danger to Boaters

(01 Feb 2016)  Water Cools Body Temperature 25 Times Faster than Air     more

Interested in Becoming an Auxiliary Food Service Specialist? Register Now

(25 Jan 2016)  AUXFS Class to Run April 8-10, 2016 at Station Oswego     more

2016 Spring D-Train Boasts Something for All Skill Levels and Interests

(21 Jan 2016)  District Training Conference Is March 17-20 in Dunkirk, NY     more

Advance Knowledge, Skills at Fall D-Train in Dunkirk Sept. 24-27.

(05 Sept 2015)  District Training Conference Includes Something for All Skill Levels     more

Flotilla 31 Is Ninth District Eastern Region's Flotilla of the Year

(20 Aug 15) Youngstown, NY flotilla honored at Spring D-Train. more

Spring D-Train Boasts Variety of Seminars and Workshops

(20 Feb 15) Conference Offers Something for All Skill Levels and Interests.  more

Community TV Program Spotlights Coast Guard Auxiliary

(19 Jan 15) What Auxiliary Does and What It Offers Volunters more

2 Rescues at Oswego Paddlesport Event

(27 Jun 14) Coast Guard Auxiliary takes lead in water safety "strike force." more

Operation Dry Water Weekend Is June 27-29

(25 Jun 14) Coast Guard raising awareness of alcohol-related boating mishaps. more

2014 Spring D-TRAIN Has Something for Everyone

(8 Feb 14) Classes and workshops take place March 20-23 in Akron, Ohio more

Division 5 Boasts a New Flotilla in Ashtabula, Ohio.

(10 Jan 14) Flotilla 57 Commander Brian Wells spent 24 years in Coast Guard Reserves. more

Holiday Greetings from the Gold Side

(24 Dec 13) Admiral Papp and Rear Admiral Midgette express appreciation.. more

Coast Guard names 'Diversity Champions'

(23 Nov 13) Sodus Point team puts Auxiliary region in limelight.. more

Fall Conference Grew from Division 2 Training Plans

(18 Aug 13) Fall Conference is in Oswego Sept. 20-22, featuring on-water training. more

AUXCHEFS Now Called Auxiliary Food Service Specialists

(10 June 13) The AUXCHEF program has been renamed the Auxiliary Food Service Program. more

Commandant: Coast Guard Aims to Be A Culture Free of Sexual Assault

(4 June 13) The Coast Guard indents to eliminate sexual assault and behaviors that enable it, announces Admiral Bob Papp, commandant. more

Memorial Day Thought: Honoring an Oath with Their Lives

(26 May 13) Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Bob Papp reflects on a 226-year commitment to the nation's charter of freedom. more

2012 Sees Drop in Recreational Boating Fatalities 

(13 May 13) The year 2012 saw a drop in recreational boating fatalities as the Coast Guard counted 4515 accidents that involved 651 deaths, 3000 injuries and approximately $38 million in property damage. more

Do's and Don'ts of Safe Trailer Operations

(25 Feb 13) This Coast Guard digest provides ten tips of safe trailering, plus do's & don'ts and checklists. more

Members Can Log In and Check Out the Admin Needs Calendar

(25 Feb 13) Members may check out the 9ER Administrative Needs and Events Calender.

Check Out 9ER Mentor Guide Used by CG Auxiliary as Best Practice

(25 Feb 13) Here is the Ninth District Eastern Region Boat Crew Mentor Guide, which was used by the National Coast Guard Auxiliary as a Best Practice. more

New CG Auxiliary Policy Guidelines for Taking Pictures of Minors

(15 Feb 13) Coast Guard Auxiliary photographers must have signed parental permission to take pictures of minors.  more

N-Train Puts Focus on Training, Communication and Members

(12 Feb 13) The National Training Meeting (N-Train) propels a message of better training, improved communication and a focus on members.  more

Young Boater Training at Central New York Boat Show in February

 (21 Jan 13) The Coast Guard Auxiliary and New York Sea Grant are partnering to offer a young boater safety course at the Central New York Boat Show Feb. 14 and 16. They also will demonstrate life jackets and canoe rollovers.  more

Ninth District Eastern Region Elects Leaders; R. Laurer Is Commodore

(2 Jan 13) Robert Laurer is the new commodore of Ninth District Eastern Region. Ed Monaco is chief of staff, and District Captains include Michael McGrath, Anthony Ruque and Robert Scofield. more 

'Mass Casualty' Search-and-Rescue Exercise on Oneida Lake

(5 Jan 13) Five flotillas participate in a "mass casualty" search-and-rescue exercise on Oneida Lake in October, working with first responders. more

Boaters, It's Good Practice to Use a Pre-Underway Checklist

(8 Jan 13) Boaters, it's good to use a pre-underway checklist, and it doesn't have to be complicated. more

Ninth District Eastern Region Honors Top Auxiliarists in 2012

(9 Jan 13) A number of Auxiliarists receive honors at the fall district conference in September. more