NACON 2015 Is In Full Swing!

Saturday, August 29, 2015


NACON 2015 in beautiful San Antonio, TX on the Riverwalk is in full swing. Click Here to see event photos! NACON 2015 Full Schedule – Check out the NACON Schedule to view all planned activities Take advantage of the various workshops being offered to learn the latest information about Auxiliary programs and more. Interact with the topical […]

The Coast Guard Commemorative First Class Forever Stamp

Monday, August 24, 2015


The Coast Guard Commemorative First Class Forever Stamp is now available at local Post Offices. The photographer, David Lau, an Auxiliarist, recently assisted the Coast Guard in recreating the Postal Service’s forever stamp commemorating the Coast Guard’s 225th Birthday in photographs and taking photos of USCGC JAMES underway from a CG Helicopter.  Auxiliarist photographer Lau’s imagery […]

Online Virtual Vessel Safety Check?

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Want to check out where you stand before a Vessel Examiner visits your vessel? Use the USCG Auxiliary Virtual Vessel Examiner to check your vessel by simply answering a series of questions. Click here to use that tool. Note that online tool only covers the state registered vessels and not documented vessels or Kayak’s and Paddle Boats. […]

FAQ Friday: Are all passengers required to wear a life jacket or have one available for each passenger?

Friday, August 14, 2015


Question: Are all passengers required to wear a life jacket or have one available for each passenger? Answer: Each state has their own laws about the wear of life jackets. For more information, contact your state boating agency. Also, any boat over 16′ is required to carry (except for canoes and kayaks) a Type IV […]

2014 Boating Accident Statistics

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Auxiliarist Robert Conger's life ring toss lands close to a distressed boater in the water. Photo by Valerie Conger.

Every year, the U.S. Coast Guard compiles statistics on reported recreational boating accidents. These statistics are derived from accident reports that are filed by the owners / operators of recreational vessels involved in accidents. The fifty states, five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia submit accident report data to the Coast Guard for inclusion […]

Components That Make Up Team Coast Guard

Friday, August 7, 2015

Winz 12: The medium endurance cutter Bear providing a guiding light over BSU Portsmouth, having returned from operations earlier in the month.  The Bear is one of the most storied cutter names in the history of the Coast Guard. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Andy Winz.

What are the components that make up Team Coast Guard? The four parts of Team Coast Guard are the active duty, reserve, auxiliary, and civilians. In addition, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during peacetime. The Coast […]

Happy 225th Birthday to the United States Coast Guard!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Created by Congress on 4 August 1790 at the request of Alexander Hamilton as the “Revenue Marine,” it is the oldest continuous seagoing service of the United States. As Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton headed the Revenue Marine, whose original purpose was as the collector of customs duties in the nation’s seaports. By the 1860s, the […]

The Importance of Life Jackets

Saturday, August 1, 2015

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Boaters enjoy the feel of sun and spray. So it’s tempting to boat without wearing a life jacket – especially on nice days. But modern life jackets are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Many are thin and flexible. Some are built right into fishing vests or hunter coats. Others are […]

Video: Meet Coast Guard Station New York’s Unit Dog Mascot…Harry

Monday, July 27, 2015


Chief Petty Officer Harry is Coast Guard Station New York’s mascot and has been living at the unit for almost 10 years. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ali Flockerzi:

FAQ Friday: Can I use Strobe Lights to be more visible at night?

Friday, July 24, 2015


Can I use Strobe Lights to be more visible at night? For any other lights beyond those specifically defined within the Navigation Rules, they should be such lights as cannot be mistaken for the lights specified in these Rules, or do not impair their visibility or distinctive character, or interfere with the keeping of a […]

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