Coast Guard Auxiliary needs members

By Loren Gannon, SO-PA - Division Staff Officer for Public Affairs

Winter is coming, time to gear up for next year’s boating season. There seems to be a strange idea that Recreational Boating Safety is not a major concern in our area. Reality, there is a registered boat for every fifty seven Ohioans and water safety events even fatalities occur on a regular basis. I know, my boat crew has plucked them out of the water and towed their boats to safety. The demand on Coast Guard Auxiliary Division Six’s Recreational Boating Safety program is immense far out stripping our volunteer resources.

Each of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas surrounding Dayton has 8,000 to 10,000 recreational boats in its area to support with boating safety activities. Flotillas have Boating Safety Operations on Indian Lake, Caesar Creek, Rocky Fork, and sixty miles of the Ohio River. They could easily entertain a 100% increase in membership.

Our ability to support safety patrols on the water with highly trained volunteer crews is shrinking not growing. We have boating safety radio stations to be staffed on the lakes and a Coast Guard Auxiliary Station in the Port of Cincinnati a growing requirement. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Cincinnati needs more Auxiliary Marine Safety volunteers we provide. Qualified instructors are needed for safe boating classes. The Division’s most thriving program is Vessel Examination providing boat owners with a voluntary boat safety check, a safety service definitely not law enforcement. Even VE could use a major expansion.

Volunteers are mature vigorous guys and gals who love serving the public as part of a like minded crew of RBS enthusiasts. You all come – we’ll give you the skills. Call me at 937/434-6918, Cell 478-6807. I’ll put you in touch with a Flotilla near you.

By Loren Gannon, SO-PA

Division Staff Officer for Public Affairs