Welcome, Boaters!

Welcome to the US Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Recreational Boating Safety Outreach Directorate. We’re the part of the Auxiliary that works with other organizations to promote safe boating. Here are a few items you’re probably looking for (or should be):

Boating safety app: file a float plan, report suspicious activity or pollution, and learn about safe boating on your mobile device.

Boating safety class finder: Locate a course near you.

Federal safety equipment requirements for vessels: Don’t get caught without the right gear. These are Federal minimum requirements – state and local laws and common sense may dictate carrying additional equipment.

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Float plan: Let someone trustworthy know where you’re going and when you’ll be back.

Oil discharge placards: These are required on vessels over 26 feet.

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Flare disposal: Don’t throw them in the trash!

VHF radios: Learn how to use the radio the right way.

VHF DSC radios: What are these, and do you need one?


Recreational boating accident form: Nobody wants to fill one out, but everyone should be familiar with it.

Checklists: We have sample checklists for pre-departure, equipment, and vessel systems.

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Other resources

If the links above don’t cover what you need, try the links in the left-hand column or browse our document library. The latest Coast Guard Auxiliary recreational boating safety news appears on our news page, and another trove of information resides at the Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety.

If your organization would like to collaborate with the Coast Guard Auxiliary to teach and encourage boating safety, take a look at our Boating Safety Partnerships wiki and see what we can do together.