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Last edited at 8:41PM on 1/28/2013
It can be boring or it can be exciting, or both. Just being a member is pretty boring, you pay your dues every year and in return you get an ID card and a monthly newsletter. So you need to be more than a member. The Coast Guard Auxiliary’s basic mission is to support the active duty Coast Guard in improving recreational boating safety, and there are many opportunities to do just that. You can become an instructor and teach boating safety classes, or become a vessel examiner and perform vessel safety checks to make sure that recreational and even commercial fishing boats are properly equipped and safe. As a member of the Auxiliary you receive the necessary training, even specialized training at no cost to you.
Or maybe you would be interested in becoming crew qualified and performing operational safety patrols on a local waterway either in an Auxiliary boat, or even your own boat while being reimbursed for fuel and other costs. During these patrols you assist other boaters, sometimes performing search and rescue missions for lost boats or persons in the water. We even have Auxiliary aircrews that do ice patrols and assist in searches.