JOIN THE U.S. COAST
About The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary:
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress
in 1939 to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety. It boasts
more than 30,000 members from all walks of life who receive special
training so that they may be a functional part of Coast Guard Forces.
Auxiliarists assist the Coast Guard in non-law enforcement programs such
as public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and
rescue, maritime security and environmental protection and Coast Guard
Academy introduction programs for youth. Auxiliarists also serve
side-by-side with active duty members of the Coast Guard team at their
stations and in times of disaster. They volunteer more than 2 million
hours annually to benefit other boaters and their families.
Who Can Join:
Membership is open to citizens of the United States and its
territories and possessions, who are 17 years of age or older. Facility
(radio station, boat or aircraft) ownership is desirable but not
mandatory. Individuals with special training or experience in any
Auxiliary program are encouraged to join. Membership is also open to all
active duty or former members of any of the uniformed services and their
Why Join the Auxiliary?
Be Part of the Action & Help Save Lives:
Since the recreational boating population in the United States is
growing rapidly, the Coast Guard Auxiliary needs a few good men and
women like you. As an Auxiliarist, you will have the opportunity to
select and participate in one or more of the Auxiliary's major programs.
If you feel strongly about the rewards you can get from serving your
community, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is the right place for you! Either
through on- water Operations, the Auxiliary's Public Education Program,
Courtesy Examination Program, Radio Watch stander, Coast Guard
Recruiting, Marine Environmental Protection or Coast Guard
The Auxiliary and the Coast Guard provide specialized training on all
aspects of boating, as well as leadership and administration.
Auxiliarists receive valuable training in seamanship and related skills,
and enjoy the sense of confidence of knowing that they are better and
Auxiliarists provide direct operational and administrative support to
many local Coast Guard units. You can wear the Coast Guard Auxiliary
uniform and become part of Team Coast Guard. When you qualify through
training, you can take part in Search and Rescue operations, stand radio
watch at the Coast Guard Station, work with the Marine Safety Office on
pollution matters or work in the Recruiting Office.
Auxiliarists aren't paid with money, but with satisfaction. We
furnish and maintain our own equipment and can choose to participate at
a level tailored to our individual capabilities. We provide boating
safety classes for youth and adults and examine recreational vessel for
safety equipment to ensure that our neighbors will be safe on the
In all activities, enjoy fellowship - the good company of other Auxiliarists at meetings and training sessions, on patrols and other missions, and at ceremonies and social events. One of he Auxiliary's trademarks is good old-fashioned hospitality. Friends, neighbors and interested members of the public are always welcome to attend one of our flotilla meetings. In addition, dedication to boating safety provides the atmosphere for getting together to swap boating experiences and participate in cruises and rendezvous. You'll find a special camaraderie among Auxiliarists that's hard to beat. There's time to relax and have fun at Auxiliary outings, training sessions, patrols, CMEs, classes, and conferences. Auxiliarists make lasting, meaningful friendships. Knowing that you belong to a special group of people and directly participate in helping save lives gives your Auxiliary membership a special meaning.
A volunteer organization works only as much as the members within it. If you would like to volunteer your time in exchange for advanced techniques in boating, please make the effort to contact us.
Our Flotilla, serves the local lakes rivers and canals, including Cross Lake, Onondaga Lake and Oneida Lake and the connecting waterways in and around the Syracuse NY area
For more information about joining the Syracuse
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