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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

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Boating Safety Tip of the Day
VHF Marine Radio

A VHF Marine radio connects you with the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard does NOT monitor CB radio or family walkie-talkies.  Get s VHF marine radio. Get one for your boat or your paddle craft. VHF marine is your emergency link to the Coast Guard.

Vessel Safety Check

Vessel Safety Check

The Drum Point Flotilla Vessel Examiners perform Vessel Safety Checks free of charge. This is one of the flotilla’s primary boating safety activities. Our Flotilla generally does VSC’s within our own Area of Responsibility, AOR14 which encompasses most of Southern Maryland South of Chesapeake Beach.

There are a couple of ways for you to request a Vessel Safety Check. By the way, we come to your boat, and it does not cost you a cent to have us visit. You can locate a Vessel Examiner close to you by using the Coast Guard Auxiliary‘s SafetySeal.net website. The SafetySeal.net site is the best place to look for a an Examiner if you live outside of our AOR.   You may also complete the Contact Vessel Examiner form on this website if you are in our AOR or were previously referred to the Drum Point Flotilla by the Coast Guard, or Department of Natural Resources Police.

Don’t forget that our friends at the U.S. Power Squadron also do Coast Guard Vessel Safety Checks. There is a very active chapter of the USPQ right here in Calvert County.

There is a Virtual Safety Check at SafetySeal.net that the general public can perform at their own vessel. This virtual VSC walks you through the same examination a certified examiner performs. Performing this Virtual Safety Check is a great idea. You might even want to distill the Virtual Safety Check into a Pre-Underway Checklist.

The Upside to a VSC

The upside to a Vessel Safety Check is that anytime the Coast Guard or Department of Natural Resources Police stop you for a boarding they see from your VSC sticker for the current year that you have taken the opportunity to make sure you have the right safety equipment on board.

Having the sticker does not prevent a boarding but it does mean that you are an aware boater that cares about boating safely. When you are stopped and boarded by law enforcement authorities and they discover you are not carrying required safety equipment,  the authorities have the option to require you to return to the closest port. You do not want to be put in this position. That’s the upside to the Vessel Safety Check – you KNOW you are a safe boater.

When an Examiner discovers missing equipment the Examiner advises you to make the correction(s.) No sticker is issued but the Examiner will visit your vessel again when you have made the required updates to your safety equipment.


Please check the National Vessel Examination site SafetySeal.net regularly, especially issues of the Safety Sake Newsletter. The newsletter may contain technical information you require for inspections.

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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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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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Chesapeake Chatter

The Division 23 Chesapeake Chatter is available at the Division 23 website.


The Blinker Newsletter is available at the Fabulous 5th Southern Website.


The weekly CGUAX Newsletter is available at SITREP.


THE RBS Department's newsletter WAVES - Watercraft and Vessel Safety is available at the RBS website.

eBeacon The CGAUXA eBeacon Magazine.


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