Summer 2012

Summer 2012

Welcome to the Red River & Northwest Minnesota Flotilla 30-5

What is the Coast Guard Auxiliary?

Since its creation by Congress in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has served as the civilian, non-military component of the Coast Guard. Today, nearly 30,000 volunteer men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are active on the waterways and classrooms. The "Four Cornerstones" of the Auxiliary are Recreational Boating Safety, Operations and Marine Safety, Member Services and Fellowship.

Our flotilla

Our group consists of volunteers from northwestern Minnesota. We provide vessel safety checks, marine dealer visits, boating safety courses, participation in public events and on the water safety patrols including search and rescue. Although our order issuing authority is Coast Guard Station Duluth, we are not military or law enforcement. Our primary focus is on boating safety for the general public.

Currently we operate on Lake of the Woods out of Warroad, Minnesota and on Leech Lake by Walker, Minnesota. During the winter we have monthly planning and training meetings and when the ice melts, we are out on the lakes!

For more information about the Auxiliary or to join our flotilla:


24 March 2012

Our New USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 091-30-05 WOW Website

Visit our new official Auxiliary website - go to "Other Websites" in the right hand menu bar and click on NW Minnesota Flotilla 091-30-05.

WOW is a “pushbutton” website development platform that permits units of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary to develop and maintain modern, attractive websites with absolutely no programming required.WOW has been specially developed for Auxiliary flotillas, divisions, and even districts to automatically provide current, up-to-date unit information – such as staff officers, meeting locations, or public education courses, in the context of a familiar, branded U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary look and feel.

There is also a new WOW website for Division 30. On it you will find a new monthly newsletter called "Northstar" that features our 3 flotillas in Division 30. That link is also listed in the right hand menu bar under "Other Websites".

01 January 2011

Upcoming Events in 2012

See calendar below for more details.

April 30 and May 1 and 2 - Safe Kids Grand Forks, Water Safety class Grand Forks, ND

May 5-6 2012 - Joint Division Meeting, Bayfield, WI

Spring and Summer 2012 - Vessel safety checks

May 2012- Minnesota Fishing Opener

August 2012- Leech Lake Regatta; Auxiliary booth at Fargo Air Show

Look for us on the water summer weekends!

20 October 2009

BASIC TEN Flotilla Member Boating Skills

As far as Boat Operation Deck Hand Training … these are some of the basic skills we learn, just to keep our operations going. Every member at some point assists each other with one of these skills. We need to practice continually, even though they may seem basic to a long standing member, they could be alien to the newer member.

The basic ten boating skills are listed below. For a full description, there are master copies at the station or email Eloyes Hill at

1. Communication
2. Be safe
3. Mooring/shoving off the boat
4. Knot tying
5. Radio
6. Equipment
7. Boat: Man overboard drill
8. Boat: Anchoring
9. Boat: Towing
10. Boat: Search patterns

22 July 2009

Flotilla 30-05 Territory Map

In the map below the numbers = number of members from that area. Red triangles = the lakes in 30-05 area.

07 June 2009

New Qualification Guide

There is a new qualification guide in the Member Training Department in the national Auxiliary website. (See External Links).

This guide will provide information on completing the following qualifications:

Air Crew
Air Observer
Auxiliary Operations- specialty courses
Auxiliary Procedures Course
Boat Crew
Good Mate
Incident Command System,
Initial Indoctrination to Marine Safety
Introduction to Marine Safety
RBS/Program Visitor (PV)
Vessel Examiner (VE)

10 March 2009