United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Published: Monday, November 17, 2014
Semper Paratus! "Always ready" is the Coast Guard motto and a concept that we teach the
boating public. Being educated, prepared, and safe will help you enjoy many years on the water.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is tasked with bringing recreational boating safety to the public.
Knowledge and boating with a plan can make all the difference when the unexpected happens.
Boater education, program visitation, and vessel safety checks are ways we get that message
out to the public. The Auxiliary offers a variety of safe boating and navigation courses that are
appropriate for many different ages and skill levels. Remember, many states now require a boater
education class in order to legally operate a boat. More information about classes and locations
can be found at: www.cgaux.org/boatinged/
Program visitation (formerly "Marine Dealer Visits") are another way we interact with boaters.
Auxiliarists visit marinas and boat dealerships to share best practices, clean marina programs,
and provide literature for the public. A few years ago the program was renamed and expanded
to sporting goods stores, bait shops, and even local businesses with waiting rooms. Now anyone
can be a safe boating partner! Contact your local flotilla for information on how you can help.
Vessel Exams or Vessel Safety Checks (VSC) are a great way to ensure that your boat is ready
to go out on the water. The Vessel Safety Check can be done dockside, in your slip, or even in
your driveway! A qualified vessel examiner will walk you through a comprehensive checklist of
safety items to make sure that you're not only safe, but legal when you're out on the water. Visit
www.safetyseal.net for more information or to schedule your free VSC.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary was authorized by Congress on June 23rd, 1939. This act
authorized the Coast Guard to use civilian volunteers to promote boating safety on the nation's
waterways. We are the uniformed, civilian, all-volunteer arm of the United States Coast
Guard. For more information about our organization and what we can do for you, please visit