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:


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

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