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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Department of
Homeland Security

District 5SR
Division 23 Flotilla 23-6
Calvert County's
Volunteer Lifesavers

Donald M. Haskin, Flotilla Commander

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Waterway Watch

Waterway Watch

Boating Safety Tip of the Day
Tip of the Day: Marine VHF

Your marine VHF radio is the BEST way to contact the Coast Guard in the event of an emergency. While it is nice to have a cellular telephone in some cases the marine VHF radio is the preferred and best way to contact the Coast Guard when your vessel is in distress.

Operational Ensign

Operational Ensign

Auxiliary coxswains and crew members of the Drum Point Flotilla perform Safety Patrols in AOR 14. Using their own vessels inspected and certified for patrols under Coast Guard regulations, members keep watch over  local recreational areas.

Auxiliarists do not have law enforcement powers but we do ask or suggest that boaters observe boating laws and regulations. When boaters choose to ignore the Auxiliaries suggestions the Auxiliarist can call in the services of the active duty Coast Guard or local law enforcement authority. Meeting first with the Auxiliary gives the boater a chance to get it right the second time and avoid a citation.

Safety patrols also look for derelict vessels that are a threat to the environment, check the status of aids to navigation, and watch for suspicious activities near important geographic locations. (America’s Waterway Watch)

The Auxiliarist knows first hand how important it is to be safe while on the water. Your Auxiliarists assist the Coast Guard and local law enforcement in search and rescue operations.  We don’t want anyone to become a statistic. That’s one reason we contact boaters breaking the rules and ask politley for compliance. It is a very unique role in public safety that we take seriously.

When might you be contacted by the Auxiliary or even the Coast Guard or law enforcement? The following are situations we watch for:

  • Children without life jackets.
  • Adults in small craft apparently without life jackets.
  • Improper life jackets used on children.
  • Bow riding. This is illegal in Maryland and VERY unsafe!
  • Excessive wake in no wake zones.
  • Unsafe speeds.
  • Unsafe PWC operation including, unsafe towing, no lookout, reckless operation, operation in swimming areas.

Auxiliarists enjoy stopping to chat about boating safety with recreational boaters or commercial operators. When you see a patrol and you have a question by all means ask us. When we’re on shore tending to the vessel or having a bite to eat come over and meet us!

The Operational Ensign is flown on the official patrols of trained Auxiliarists interested in you and your safety on the water.

The Liz Reece - Operational Facility

The Liz Reece - Operational Facility

Vessel Safety Check

2012 Vessel Safety Check Decal

The Coast Guard Auxiliary and
the U.S. Power Squadrons
also inspect kayaks
and other paddle craft.

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Remember the Maryland 25
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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Our Instagrams
  • 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!
Comfortable Lifejackets
Lifejackets are comfortable and they save lives!

Lifejackets are comfortable and they save lives!

Admiral Lee on Bow Riding

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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