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 […]

Featured Photos: USCG and Auxiliary Art Spotted in Restaurant

Thursday, March 26, 2015

An image from the August 2011 change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet has become a mural in the lobby of a restaurant in Florida. Restaurant management says it is their way to show support for the armed forces of the United States and recognize the Coast Guard’s role in the community. Auxiliary photo by Art Slepian.

Has anyone spotted U.S. Coast Guard or Auxiliary art in their local restaurants recently? By Art Slepian, Branch Chief, Publications Division, Public Affairs Directorate Recently, a visitor to the restaurant in the West Palm Beach area was greeted with a mural-size blow-up of a change of command ceremony photograph, and framed photographs of active duty […]

Frequently Asked Question Friday – USCG Auxiliary Total Force Size

Friday, March 20, 2015

Auxiliarist James Chin gives a mission briefing during Fleet Week 2014 in New York. Over twenty Auxiliarists helped on Saturday at the Intrepid and Campbell. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Intrepid Staff.

How many volunteers are in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary? As of March 3, 2015, the Auxiliary has approximately 29,657 active members. If you are interested in joining, please visit our website at: Be a part of America’s Maritime Guardians. Join the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Frequently Asked Question Friday – USCG Auxiliary Age Requirements

Friday, March 13, 2015

Auxiliarist Fred Simmons marches in New York City's 2014 Veterans Day Parade. USCG Photo by PA3 Frank Iannazzo-Simmons.

A very frequent asked question associated with joining the USCG Auxiliary is age. Due to Auxiliary members being uniformed civilians of the Coast Guard, we sometimes get mistakenly associated with the stricter age requirements of the active duty. What are the minimum and maximum ages to join the USCG Auxiliary? The minimum age is 17 […]

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