FAQ Friday: What life jackets are required to be carried on my recreational boat?

Friday, May 8, 2015

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What life jackets are required to be carried on my recreational boat? In general, federal law requires that you must have a Coast Guard-approved wearable, life jacket (Type I, II, or III) for each person onboard your vessel. In addition, boats greater than 16 feet in length must carry a Coast Guard-approved throwable device (Type […]

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Course Spotlight: Waypoints

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating courses provide instruction to boaters at all levels. From the fundamental to the advanced boater, we have something for everyone. Our classes are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors committed to the highest standards of the U.S. Coast Guard. Spotlight: Waypoints  Abbreviation: WP Course: Waypoints Length: 1 to 3 hours […]

FAQ Friday: While operating my recreational boat, what is the prescribed distance for me to stay away from military, cruise lines and commercial ships?

Friday, May 1, 2015

USCGC Campbell was one of two USCG Cutters and three Navy ships at Fleet Week NYC 2014. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Anthony Torres.

Boaters should keep their distance from all military, cruise line, or commercial shipping. Do not approach within 100 yards, and slow to minimum speed within 500 yards of any U.S. naval vessel. Violators of the Naval Vessel Protection Zone could face six years in prison and a $250,000 fine. In addition, boaters may face a […]

America’s Waterway Watch – Help Keep Our Waterway’s Safe

Thursday, April 30, 2015


America’s Waterway Watch (AWW) is a combined effort of the Coast Guard and its Reserve and Auxiliary components to create safer waterways through increased vigilance by everyday boaters. The program continues to grow, enlisting the active participation of those who live, work or play around America’s waterfront areas. Coast Guard personnel concentrate on connecting with […]

This Day In Coast Guard History – April 28th

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


USCG 28th of April 1908-The Revenue Cutter Service became the primary federal agency in charge of patrolling regattas. 1918-CGC Seneca saved 81 survivors from the torpedoed British naval sloop Cowslip while on convoy route to Gibraltar.  Cowslip had been attacked by three German U-boats. 1919-While in command of USS Marietta in the Bay of Biscay […]

Frequently Asked Question Friday – Why Receive a Vessel Safety Check?

Friday, April 24, 2015


Safety! The peace of mind that your boat meets federal safety standards and that you will have the necessary equipment to save lives and summon help in an emergency. In many cases, boating insurance agencies offer discounts for vessels which undergo a Vessel Safety Check every year. All decals and safety checks are void December […]

Preparing to Get Back Onto the Water

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Auxiliarists conduct a vessel examination during the 1950s. Did you know that until 1975, the official uniform of the color was khaki?

Spring is here and we know you are preparing to get back onto the water. Your annual preparation and cleaning projects are necessary boating rites of spring. Good maintenance habits help prevent problems that could keep you off the water once the season is underway. Don’t forget to review your safety gear on-board! Check your […]

Featured Photos – Auxiliary Heavy Lifting for Shore-front Clean-up

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Auxiliary can do some heavy lifting for a cleaner environment. Auxiliarists Daniella Garrisi and James Chin lift up a large piece of rusted scrap metal found lying on the shore. USCG Auxiliary photo. USCG Auxiliary Photo.

The Auxiliary does some heavy duty work for marine safety and the environment. Just how heavy? Besides picking up bottles, cans, and car tires, Auxiliarists James Chin and Daniella Garrisi helped remove large pieces of scrap metal lying on a shore-front!

Boating Safety Lessons From a Classic TV Show

Saturday, April 4, 2015


This Saturday we are republishing a boating safety article from the past that is based on a classic American TV show. Despite the age of the show, the same boating mistakes are still being made by modern mariners. If you are old enough you probably remember the S.S. Minnow from the 1960’s Sitcom Gilligan’s Island. […]

Frequently Asked Question Friday: Boating Safety Courses in Other Languages?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Norwalk CT – [left to right] Daniel Vazquez (Norwalk PD), Wally Martinez (Flotilla 72), and Richard Delallo (Norwalk PD) launch Flotilla 72’s first Navegando America class in Norwalk. USCG Auxiliary Photo.

For this week’s frequently asked question, we are combing a submitted article with a FAQ. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has a major goal of expanding boating safety to everyone. The question of the week: Does the Auxiliary offers boating safety courses in languages other than English? The answer is “Maybe.” Local Auxiliary units may […]

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