The opportunity to increase knowledge and skills through training and experience with the Coast Guard and Auxiliary is a primary reason many people join the Auxiliary. Our training programs range from simple in-flotilla lessons through advanced specialty courses and programs. Most Auxiliary member training is accomplished at the flotilla level. Although responsibility for ensuring member opportunity and participation in member training rests with the Flotilla Commander, all qualified Auxiliarists are expected to participate in accomplishing member training by sharing their knowledge, experience, expertise, and time in helping other Auxiliarists learn and advance. Auxiliarists entering the operations program should possess a basic knowledge of boating or aviation skills obtained through prior experience or participation in Auxiliary courses.
Auxiliarists can pursue training in member training programs to increase knowledge and skills, and to attain qualifications for participation in various Coast Guard and Auxiliary programs. Special qualifications are available as instructors, vessel examiners, aids to navigation verifiers, recreational boating safety/program visitors, boat crew, coxswains, pilots, air crew, and air observers. Auxiliary specialty courses offer advanced training in several fields. Auxiliarists may also enroll in Coast Guard Institute correspondence courses and receive continuing education units from self-study paced course completions.
Regular in-flotilla training sessions are fundamental to keeping Auxiliarists informed, interested, qualified, and ready to participate fully in Auxiliary activities.
Our Auxiliary is a very strong and valuable asset to the US Coast Guard and The Department of Homeland Security. It is my hope that the associated member training sections help you - the member - understand the requirements to qualify in the program areas which interest you the greatest.
Member Training (DSO-MT)
Ninth Western District Region
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Department of Homeland Security