Auxiliary Aviators “get wet” at USCG Academy

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Auxiliary Aviation (AUXAIR) is a USCG Auxiliary operational program. AUXAIR aviators have varied aviation backgrounds and many have prior military experience. AUXAIR aviators volunteer their aircraft for use as facilities, just as surface operators volunteer their boats. All Auxiliary aircraft meet strict U.S. Coast Guard and Federal Aviation Administration requirements. These aircraft are inspected annually […]

Situational Awareness Saves the Day

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

It was just another quiet boating day on the Siletz River in coastal Oregon in late fall, when a tragedy was narrowly averted by the quick response of one of the Siletz Moorage managers. Manager Belinda Ellis was on duty in the office when she noticed a boat getting ready to leave the dock with […]

Make a New Year’s Resolution That Really Counts

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

If your New Year’s resolution includes finding a meaningful volunteer position, learning new skills and making new friends, you may find a perfect fit with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.  The Coast Guard Auxiliary, the uniformed civilian volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard, is actively looking for volunteers interested in serving their […]

PWC rescue by off-duty Auxiliary boat crew

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Oceanside, CA – Setting out for a recreational voyage Auxiliarists Mike Page and Kevin Byrne sprung into action saving stranded personal watercraft (PWC) operators from being swept into the North Jetty of Oceanside Harbor.  With swells running up to three feet at the mouth of the harbor, the off-duty Auxiliary boat crew noticed two PWCs […]

US Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers work to fill fishing boat safety check gap

Friday, July 13, 2012

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Coast Guard’s commercial fishing vessel examination program has helped save lives since 1991, but a new federal requirement means civilian volunteers of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will soon have a bigger role in checking boats and equipment headed out to sea. Ken Lawrenson coordinates the work of civilian, active duty Coast Guard and […]

Aviators – the Coast Guard Auxiliary Needs You!

Monday, June 25, 2012

  Sailors (power and sail) and their younger brethren, Aviators, share many common attributes. Terminology, navigation, reliance on weather and weather forecasting, all makes the boater and the aviator part of the same circle of adventurers. It is that sense of exploration, of the pilot against the elements, skill against the unknown that drive many […]

NJ Yacht Hoax Linked to Texas Prank

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Coast Guard announced today that the hoax distress call made on June 11 by a man claiming to be the captain of a yacht that exploded off the coast of Sandy Hook, N.J., was linked to another hoax call made in Texas May 20. The case of the Houston-area vessel, the Skylark, came to […]

Featured Photo – National Safe Boating Week

Monday, June 11, 2012

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Representatives from U.S. Coast Guard Station Charleston and other local rescue agencies visited Cario Middle School on Friday, May 25, 2012 to speak with students about having fun and being safe on the water during National Safe Boating Week. Petty Officer Chad Yingling (L) encouraged students to wear their lifejackets, learn how to […]

Stay Alert to Weather Changes

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Boating Safety Tips from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary: Lightning, torrential rain and rough seas can turn a pleasurable outing into a life-threatening ordeal in a heartbeat.  Yet unwary boaters are too often taken by surprise, largely because they don’t realize just how fast a storm can come up or the danger it presents. According […]

Auxiliary promotes NSBW with a Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Drill

Friday, May 25, 2012

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.─In the middle of National Safe Boating Week, May 23, 2012, an MH-60 Jayhawk Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Clearwater swooped down over the turquoise waters of the Gulf and within moments, a rescue swimmer jumped out of the open door. Article by Constance O. Irvin, USCG Auxiliary Public Affairs Officer The […]

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