Boating Safety

To improve safe operations and uses of water craft.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Office - Coast Guard District Offices: Persons are encouraged to communicate with the Director of Auxiliary in each district (see the Appendix IV of the Catalog for a list of the addresses of the district offices).

Program Accomplishments

In calendar year 2007, the Coast Guard Auxiliary conducted over 118,000 VSCs, more than 79,500 marine dealer outreach visits, and about 50,000 hours of boating safety course instruction. Auxiliarists also performed over 400,000 hours of operational support, assisted over 5,600 people and more than $38 million in property, and saved approximately 180 lives.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the volunteer workforce element of the U. S. Coast Guard, and it presents a wide variety of boating safety services to the public.

It conducts a diverse range of courses and training programs that educate boaters and help them achieve State boating safety certificates.

The Auxiliary performs Vessel Safety Checks (VSC), which are free checks of safety-related equipment on recreational boats.

Boats that pass the VSC are given a "Seal of Safety" decal which indicates the boat met Federal and pertinent State safety-related equipment requirements.

If deficiencies are found, the owner is advised of such, but no report is made to any law enforcement authority and a decal is not issued.

Auxiliarists also support virtually all Coast Guard missions except direct law enforcement and combat operations.

They offer their personal boats, airplanes, radios, and vehicles to perform operational and support activities like marine safety patrols, public outreach, and other recreational boating safety missions.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any U.S.

citizen, 17 years of age or older, is eligible to apply for membership in the Auxiliary.

All Auxiliarists undergo a personal security investigation that serves as a key factor in the determination of their suitability for service.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Boating public.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Contact the local Coast Guard District Director of Auxiliary or the local Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla which can be found at the Visitors section of the Auxiliary web site, This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures





14 U.S.C. 141; 14 U.S.C. 821-832; 14 U.S.C. 891-894.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time






Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance


Post Assistance Requirements







Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries and Expenses) FY 07 $16,007,000; FY 08 est $15,893,000; and FY 09 est $16,129,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program literature available from agency.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Coast Guard District Offices: Persons are encouraged to communicate with the Director of Auxiliary in each district (see the Appendix IV of the Catalog for a list of the addresses of the district offices).

Headquarters Office

Commandant (CG-5421), Auxiliary Division, Room 3501, Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street, SW., Washington, DC 20593-0001. Telephone: (202) 372-1261. Contact: Steve Minutolo (CG-54211).

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