The Coast Guard Auxiliary was created in 1939 as the Coast Guard Reserve and renamed the Auxiliary in 1941. With over 39,000 members, the Auxiliary is instrumental in supporting the Coast Guard with Safety Patrols, Boating Education, Marine Dealer Visitations, Search and Rescue Missions, and much more.
Local units of the Coast Guard Auxiliary are called Flotillas, which are organized into Divisions; the Divisions are futher organized into Districts. Flotilla 14-10-02 is a member of the 1st Southern District, which extends from Manasquan, NJ north along the coast to the Canadian Border, including the states of Vermont and Connecticut.
Each year, Auxiliarists 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 saves taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars every year.
There is plenty to do in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and a spot for everyone.
Membership is open to any U.S. citizen at least 17 years of age. Prospective members are also required to undergo a suitability background check. The Auxiliary has members in all 50 States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.
Auxiliarists have the opportunity to obtain specialized training through the Coast Guard Institute as well as through participation in their Flotilla, Disitrict or Divisional Member Training Programs. Courses include: Navigation, Radar, Marine Safety, Electronics, Aviation, Food Service, Machinery, Operations, Public Affairs and more. National Conferences and events are also open to the Auxiliary for the benefit of its members.
An added benefit is that of personal satisfaction and accomplishment. Many Auxiliarists have been involved in Search and Rescue Missions and have experienced the privilege of saving lives. Others serve as Interpreters for the United States Coast Guard or as Air Observers or Watchstanders during Coast Guard missions.
Auxiliarists enjoy fellowship through the frienships they've established and maintained with other Auxiliarists throughout the years.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a variety of Boating Safety and Navigation courses to the general public. Most classes will qualify a boaters for their State-issued Boating Safety Certificate/Jet Ski Certificates required.by the State of NJ. Members are eligible to train as Instructors in order to teach Boating Safety Classes.
A "Vessel Safety Check" is a FREE, voluntary safety equipment check offered to owners or operators of recreational boats and certain federal, and local government-owned boats. This exam promotes boating safety by educating the boater, face-to-face regarding the equipment to be carried onboard as well as other matters affecting safety. The Vessel Safety Check can be performed in or out of the water. Once a vessel passes the safety check, a decal is issued for that year, which is to be displayed on the vessel. Members are eligible to train as Vessel Safety technicians to offer Vessel Safety Checks to the boating public.
Auxiliarists are authorized to wear uniforms similar to those of the United States Coast Guard with the exception that all buttons and emblems are silver-toned rather than the gold-toned devices utilized by the Coast Guard and the Reserve.
Annual dues are $50.00.