U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Since its creation by Congress in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has served as the civilian, non-military component of the Coast Guard. Today, the 33,000 volunteer men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are active on the waterways and classrooms in over 2,000 cities and towns across the nation. Each year, Auxiliarists (folks just like you) save almost 500 lives, assist some 15,000 boaters in distress, conduct more than 150,000 courtesy safety examinations of recreational vessels, and teach over 500,000 students in boating and water safety courses. The results of these efforts save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

Since the recreational boating population in the United States is growing rapidly, the Coast Guard Auxiliary needs a few good men and women like you. As an Auxiliarist, you will have the opportunity to select and participate in one or more of the Auxiliary's major programs. If you feel strongly about the rewards you can get from serving your community, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is the right place for you!  Either through on-water Operations, the Auxiliary's Public Education Program, Courtesy Examination Program, Radio Watchstander, Coast Guard Recruiting, Marine Environmental Protection, Coast Guard Administration, Safety and Port Security Patrols, Aviation Safety and Law Enforcement Flights, and other exciting Coast Guard trained missions.

INCREASE YOUR SKILLS -- The Auxiliary and the Coast Guard provide specialized training on all aspects of boating, as well as leadership and administration. Auxiliarists receive valuable training in seamanship and related skills, and enjoy the sense of confidence of knowing that they are better and safer boaters and Aviators.

SUPPORT THE COAST GUARD -- Auxiliarists provide direct operational and administrative support to many local Coast Guard units. You can wear one of the many Coast Guard Auxiliary specialty uniforms and become part of Team Coast Guard. When you qualify through training, you can take part in Search and Rescue operations, stand radio watch at the Coast Guard Station, work with the Marine Safety Office on pollution matters, work in the Recruiting Office, or at a Boat or Air Station in direct support of the Coast Guard.

SERVICE TO YOUR COMMUNITY-- Auxiliarists aren't paid with money, but with satisfaction. We furnish and maintain our own equipment and are reimbursed for various operational costs. We can also choose to participate at a level tailored to our individual capabilities. We provide boating safety classes for youth and adults and examine recreational vessels for safety equipment to ensure that our neighbors will be safe on the waterways, among a whole host of other duties we are charged with by the U.S. Coast Guard in it's mission in Homeland Security.

ENJOY CAMARADERIE -- In all activities, enjoy camaraderie -- the good company of other Auxiliarists at meetings and training sessions, on patrols and other missions, and at ceremonies and social events. One of the Auxiliary's trademarks is good old-fashioned hospitality. Friends, neighbors and interested members of the public are always welcome to attend one of our flotilla meetings. In addition, dedication to boating safety provides the atmosphere for getting together to swap boating experiences and participate in various boating and aviation duties. You'll find a special camaraderie among Auxiliarists that's hard to beat. There's time to meet and discuss mutual boating and aviation interests at Auxiliary meetings, training sessions, patrols, CMEs, classes, and conferences. Knowing that you belong to a special group of people and are directly involved in helping save lives gives your Auxiliary participation a special meaning, along with supporting the U.S. Coast Guard in it's mission of Homeland Security.

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  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • 901 6th Street SE
  • Ruskin, FL 33570
  • 813-671-8255
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