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As an Auxiliarist, you have an opportunity to increase your knowledge of boating safety and acquire special training through advanced classes or by taking correspondence courses from the Coast Guard Institute. Instruction in navigation, meteorology, marine engines, communications, and search and rescue operations enhances the value of you to the Auxiliary while adding to your own boating pleasure.

You will find great personal satisfaction in providing a valuable public service to boaters. The possibility of saving lives - even one human life - is always in your path as an Auxiliarist.

Dedication to boating safety provides you with the atmosphere for getting together to swap boating experiences and participate in exercises, group outings, etc. You'll find a special fellowship among Auxiliarists that's hard to beat. There's time to relax and have fun at Auxiliary outings, rendezvous, cruises and conferences. Auxiliarists make lasting, meaningful friendships.

When you join the Coast Guard Auxiliary, you could find yourself saving lives, protecting the environment from polluters, guarding our shores from terrorists and much more. That’s our job – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. That's life in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. We don't just train. We train and perform

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was founded by Congress in 1939.  It is composed of unpaid US citizens from age 17 and above who volunteer their time helping out the United States Coast Guard. The Auxiliary primary missions are teaching boating safety courses, vessel examinations and operations.  The Auxiliary frees up the Coast Guard time so they can perform more important duties and saves taxpayers millions of dollars. The Auxiliarists are extensively trained by both the Coast Guard and the experienced Auxiliarists. Some of our training materials are the same materials that the Coast Guard uses to teach their cadets. This is a volunteer organization, so we take no role in military actions or law enforcement. In other words, we do not mount guns on our boat(s) nor write citations.

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  • Membership is open to citizens of the United States and its territories and possessions, who are 17 years of age or older.
  • Facility (radio station, boat or aircraft) ownership is desirable but not mandatory.
  • Individuals with special training or experience in any Auxiliary program are encouraged to join.
  • Membership is also open to all active duty or former members of any of the uniformed services and their reserve components.
  • Contact your nearest Auxiliary unit for more information.



A member on Patrol

Joining Flotilla 4-2 can be immensely rewarding. Our ranks are filled with men and women from all walks of life. We have plumbers and we have PhD's.   Many of us still work, others are retired. All share a common interest in volunteering, a love of things nautical, working with the active forces (the "Gold Side") of the U.S. Coast Guard, and lots more. In truth our interests and our motivation are as varied as the thousands of us who participate. 

Our Location: All our courses (unless noted) are given at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Base of Flotilla 4-2. Our base is in Charlotte and located on the west bank of the Genesee River at 520 River Street, just north of Latta Road.

If you are coming from the WEST SIDE of the city, drive to Charlotte and turn right off Lake Avenue onto Latta Road (the first light after the O'Rorke Bridge) then to the end and left onto River Street. Proceed about a; a tenth of a mile to the low white building on your right, along the water.

If you are coming from the EAST SIDE, cross the O'Rorke Bridge, take a right on Lake Avenue, go to the first light and turn right onto Latta Road. Then as above. There is plenty of free parking.

The link below will open a Mapquest site and show you where we are and how to get there from anywhere. To get the map, click on Map of 520 River St Rochester, NY 14612-4724, US

Getting started is easy: The first thing you will probably do is sit in on one of our meetings and meet the members of the Flotilla. If you would like us to get in touch with you, drop us an email with your contact information and any questions or comments you may have. Just email the flotilla commander or if you prefer the old-fashioned way, write to; 

Flotilla 4-2  USCGAux
520 River Street
Rochester, NY 14612