Who We Are
The Coast Guard’s philosophy is to be SEMPER PARATUS (ALWAYS READY) against all threats and all hazards. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is an integral part of that philosophy and the Coast Guard Forces. We conduct safety patrols on local waterways, assist the Coast Guard with homeland security duties, teach public boating courses, conduct free vessel safety checks for the public, as well as many other activities. The Auxiliary has members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam.
As a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, and a servant of the public, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, in its role as the designated National Recreational Boating Safety Coordinator, is a leader in improving the boating experience of the maritime public. We are an organization noted for working in partnership with all stakeholders within the waterways activity spectrum and across all modes of transportation to reach consensus solutions. We measure our success by our customer satisfaction, and our customers' needs help define our workload and priorities.
To minimize the loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boats, through preventive means, in order to maximize safe use and enjoyment of U.S. Waterways by the public.
Family Boating Skills Course
2017 date to be announced
Basic Boating Safety course. Registered Adults, and Juniors (ages 12-17) may obtain their Massachusetts Boating Certificate
The course is National Association of State Boating Law Administrators approved. Junior course material is provided by the Massachusetts Environmental Police.
For further information follow the link to our public education page, or contact our Flotilla 11-1 Public Education Officer (FSO-PE).
The Vessel Safety Check gives you a risk-free way to check that you meet the legal minimums and to potentially avoid a citation later. US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 Vessel Examiners will make appointments with you to inspect your boat at your storage location, or on its trailer prior to launch.
Or to arrange for an appointment email, Flotilla Staff Officer -Vessel Exams (FSO-VE), and provide your contact information and the location of your boat.