About Boating Safely

Learn from the best—the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Be a Better Boater, Learn from the Best, and Be Part of the Action

Volunteer to make a difference! Consider furthering your boating knowledge and safety on the water by joining the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Membership is open to all citizens of the United States and its territories who are at least 17 years old.

Why Join the Auxiliary?

As a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, you will be able to choose from many exciting opportunities.

  • Serve Your Community
    Auxiliarists provide boater safety course instruction and administer boat license tests for youth and adults. And, we examine recreational vessels for boat safety equipment to ensure that our neighbors will be safe on the waterways.
  • Support the Coast Guard
    Auxiliarists provide direct operational and administrative support to many local Coast Guard units. Become qualified to serve at Coast Guard units in radio watchstanding, marine environmental protection, Homeland Security, and other operational and administrative support. You can wear the Coast Guard Auxiliary uniform and become part of Team Coast Guard!
  • Enjoy Fun and Fellowship
    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. We enjoy our work and we enjoy each other’s company!
  • Increase Your Skills
    Take advantage of advanced training on the water, in leadership, or through an advanced boater safety course —many courses are available through the Auxiliary and Coast Guard. As a member of the Auxiliary, you never pay a fee for a boater safety course.
  • Be Part of the Action and Help Save Lives
    Through boater safety instruction in the classroom, through vessel safety checks, or in on-the-water operations, Auxiliarists 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.

How to Join the Auxiliary

Call the Coast Guard Auxiliary Information Line at 1-877-875-6296 or visit the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary website and select "Join The Auxiliary."

Join the over 30,000 men and women who have volunteered to make a difference!

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