About the U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard

One of our nation's five military services, the Coast Guard has protected the United States since its founding in 1790. The Coast Guard operates as part of the Department of Homeland Security, enforcing the nation's laws at sea, protecting the marine environment, guarding the nation's vast coastline and ports, and performing vital life saving missions.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary

Founded by Congress in 1939, the Auxiliary has tens of thousands of members who volunteer more than 2 million hours annually and operate on orders from local Coast Guard offices. Their many duties include: vessel safety checks, harbor patrols, boating safety classes, and supplying support to active duty operational and administrative efforts.


The Coast Guard responds to more than 19,000 search and rescue calls each year. Keep boating fun by following these recommended boating safety principles and preventative measures.

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