We are Semper Paratus.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Department of
Homeland Security

District 5SR
Division 23 Flotilla 23-6
THE DRUM POINT FLOTILLA
Calvert County's
Volunteer Lifesavers

Donald M. Haskin, Flotilla Commander

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Boating Safety Tip of the Day
Call the Coast Guard on Channel 16

The BEST way, and the preferred way to call the Coast Guard in an emergency is on Marine VHF Channel 16. Having a cellular telephone is a good thing but these do not always work. Get a marine VHF radio for your vessel or paddlecraft.

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Drum Point Flotilla 23-6 CG District 5SR

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer-arm of the Coast Guard, and

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numerically it amounts to about half of the Coast Guard Team. Our primary mission is to promote safe recreational boating. In this mission we also assist the regular Coast Guard and state boating authorities from time to time. The members of the Drum Point Flotilla are just a few of the over one-thousand volunteers serving the Coast Guard in the Baltimore Sector.

There is a flotilla near you! Visit the Auxiliary Flotilla Finder Page to learn more.

The Drum Point Flotilla is based in Prince Frederick, Maryland. Our members are generally from the Calvert County area. Our flotilla name is derived from the now retired Drum Point, Maryland light house now a tourist attraction in Solomons, Maryland at the Calvert Marine Museum.

Now that the Coast Guard has joined the Department of Homeland Security, the Auxiliary was also asked to assist in Harbor Patrols for Port Security, Marine Environmental Patrols, and picket duty to keep boats clear of the LNG dock at Cove Point.You will see Auxiliary vessels, we call facilities, serving many non-law enforcement patrol functions in the creeks, rivers, and in and around the Chesapeake Bay. Our members actively teach boating safety courses, perform free vessel safety inspections, and participate in non-law enforcement missions alongside the full-time Coast Guard.

In order to join the Auxiliary, one must be at least 17 years of age and a U.S. citizen.  If you are interested please contact us using the contact link on this website. If you live in the southern 2/3 of Calvert County or keep your boat near Solomons, this would be the most convenient flotilla for you to join.We are always looking for new members.

In order to do everything we do for the Coast Guard we need a well-trained body of members. We would like to have you come aboard and be one of Americas Volunteer Lifesavers.

Our flotilla is quite strong in all the four “cornerstones” of the Auxiliary: Surface Operations, Boating Safety Education, Vessel Safety Checks, and Fellowship, this latter being the “glue” that holds the organization together. Besides our monthly meetings, we have three social events each year–two summer picnics and the Flotilla Christmas party. Other Flotilla Activities in our community include participation in:

National Night Out

Patuxent River Appreciation Days

State Police Barracks Open House

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One responsibility of the webmaster (Flotilla Staff Officer for Communications Services) is to disseminate important information relevant to our Flotilla. Web 2.0 technologies like WordPress also make it possible for our Flotilla to share with the public news about the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary within our Area of Operation and up and down the Chesapeake Bay. Many seasonal mariners travel the Chesapeake and Inter-Coastal Waterway that makes up a large part of Coast Guard District 5 South.

Links to the original sources of the information in our posts and pages are included so that members and the public can be familiar with and visit those pages. Members are always encouraged to visit the Coast Guard Auxiliary national website, the Member’s Deck, and What’s New web pages for the latest news about the Auxiliary. Members should also subscribe to the CHDIRAUX-L mailing list or visit the CHDIRAUX website on a  regular basis. Information obtained from those sources and printed here is intended to fulfill the duty obligation of the FSO-CS and keep the general public informed of our flotilla activities and boating safety issues in our area.

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Dead Maryland Boaters in 2011

Three Maryland boating deaths in 2012. Three sailboat emergencies, 1 death; 1 swimmer death; 1 allision death with two trauma injuries; 1 major injury from gasoline engine fire,

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  • A foggy day in Southern Maryland. Good morning shipmates.
  • Wear it!  News media ask the boaters you photograph why they don't. Start the discussion and save a life.
  • Our cold-water survival training was ultimately made possible by the Guardians of  U S Coast Guard Station Annapolis.  Two Guardians hauled each of us onto the deck of a fast boat.  During the training they made sure we were safe.  I am so proud to serve with these men and women. Each one is an outstanding professional.  Thank you Station Annapolis.
  • Once a crew is in the water survival and staying together is key. Chaining together as they do here the crew shares warmth and prolongs life.
  • A face that could be your next door neighbor. Coast Guard Auxiliary members from three Maryland flotillas took their annual cold-water training at Coast Guard Station Annapolis. Bill Smith from the Drum Point Flotilla reflects the serious of his training in his expression. Bill is not new to cold water.
  • To. feller and Bill Smith, Coast Guard Auxiliary, arrive at Coast Guard Station Annapolis for cold-water training.
  • A two-minute lesson that covered finger dexterity after cold water immersion. We placed a hand in cold water while the instructor spoke for two minutes. One we removed our hands we had to pick up the coin on the table. Not as easy as if looks. Try this only with an expert present.
  • Shawn Moore, Auxiliarist was our cold-water instructor.
  • Ray Feller, Auxiliarist  dons his dry suit. The suit provides significant protection in cold water. Having the suit alone is not enough. Knowing how the human body reacts to sudden immersion was the classroom session of our training today.
  • These volunteers attending cold-water survival training today could be your neighbors. Flotillas from Solomons Island to Annapolis were represented today.  Guardians made sure our training was safe. Another reason why I love to say Guardians rock!
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Rear Admiral William "Dean" Lee

“You wouldn’t allow your kids to sit on the hood of your car, so why would you allow them to sit on the bow of your boat?”

Rear Admiral Dean Lee, 5th District commander, United States Coast Guard

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