Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 054-22-07

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 054-22-07 Welcome to the Flotilla 22-07 page. USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 054-22-07 is part of a uniformed civilian volunteer service organization that aims to serve the general boating public by providing public education courses, assist with search and rescue missions, conduct marine safety patrols, support regattas and marine events, and offer free vessel safety checks for recreational boaters.

Flotilla 22-07 meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 PM at Flying Point Park, 511 Kennard Ave, Edgewood, MD 21040.

Operating as usual


If you’ve ever been curious about the noble history of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Auxiliary’s history division has some fascinating presentations available on their website.
There’s even a new “virtual museum” that’s now open to visitors 24/7/365. Shown is an image of an early flotilla back it the days it was known as the Coast Guard Temporary Reserves. Image from District 5NR Collection.



We are sure that many of you have heard of the famous Orville and Wilbur Wright brothers, but did you know that a group of Coast Guardsmen actually helped the Wright brothers pioneer aviation??

In 1901 Capt. Jesse Etheridge Ward, Adam D. Etheridge, Bob L. Wescott, Tom Beacham, “Uncle Benny” O’Neal, Will S. Dough and John T. Daniels, patrolled the North Carolina sand dunes from their Kill Devil Hills Life-Saving Station to the Kitty Hawk Life-Saving Station, which was four miles north.

One day, the crew crossed paths with the Wright brothers and a casual friendship blossomed. The Coast Guardsmen would volunteer to help the Wright brothers by delivering their mail or even picking up groceries.

As their friendship grew, and upon Capt. Ward’s approval, Orville and Wilbur would fly a red flag whenever they needed assistance. On December 17th, 1903 the crew saw Orville and Wilbur’s red flag posted and quickly went over to assist.

Orville and Wilbur had a contraption ready to possibly fly as the winds blew from the north. Wilbur positioned his Korona-V glass-plate box camera at an angle that focused on their unique contraption. Wilbur instructed Daniels (one of the station crewmembers) to operate the camera and though he was fearful and had never operated a camera, Daniels bravely accepted the tasking.

With Orville piloting, the plane traveled forty feet down the monorail track before separating from the earth and flying for the very first time! The Wright brother’s first flight was captured in the photo below, which can be credited to Coast Guardsman John T. Daniels.

This significant moment in history opened the door to the new world we now know as aviation. This story reminds us of the ambition and commitment to partnering with others that the men and women of the Coast Guard strive to uphold while exploring new opportunities.

For more information on the Coast Guard’s involvement with the Wright brother’s first flight visit:

#WorkforceWednesday #nationalaviationmonth #Aviation #Wrightbrothers #USCG


It doesn’t happen to boaters often, but when it does, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can harm or kill entire families. The U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary suggest that every boater be aware of the risks associated with carbon monoxide. Learn what it is, where it may accumulate and the symptoms of CO poisoning.
For details and to download warning tags, go to:
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Do you need to use an engine cut-off switch on your boat? The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary reminds you that a federal law that went into effect on April 1, 2021, requires boat operators with an installed Engine Cut-Off Switch (ECOS) to use the ECOS link. The link is usually a coiled bungee cord lanyard clipped onto the operator's person or life jacket. The law applies to "Covered Recreational vessels" which means any motorized boat with 3 or more horsepower that is less than 26 feet in length. Find out more at Image from National Safe Boating Council.

Photos from U.S. Coast Guard Office of Emergency Management & Disaster Response's post

Photos from U.S. Coast Guard Office of Emergency Management & Disaster Response's post


The U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary remind you that while the Coast Guard and local responders are trained and ready to respond to cold weather emergencies, it still takes time to get to the scene. That’s time you may not have it you’re immersed in cold water and unprepared. Here’s what to bring if you’re planning to venture out onto ice or water this winter.

• Insulated dry-suit
• Brightly colored attire with reflective patches or tape
• Ice picks or screwdrivers
• VHF-FM radio and/or Personal Locator Beacon
• Someone else (safety in numbers)
• Compass and GPS

Coast Guard personnel participate in ice rescue training near Houghton, Mich. March 4, 2021.U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer John Masson.

Photos from Admiral Karl Schultz's post

Photos from Admiral Karl Schultz's post


The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has many members who are veterans of America’s armed forces. On this day, and every day, we honor you for your prior service and thank you for your current service in the auxiliary. Personnel from U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May participate in the Lower Township Veterans Day Parade in Villas, N.J., Nov. 6, 2021. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Shannon Kearney.

Photos from U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic's post

Photos from U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic's post


Hypothermia is the biggest danger after falling into cold water, even if you manage to get out immediately. Hypothermia sets in quickly as the human body’s core temperature drops below 95° F. Here are the hypothermia Do’s and Don’ts from the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary:

Hypothermia Do’s
● Do handle the victim gently
● Do get the victim inside (indoors) and remove wet clothing
● Do dry victim promptly and wrap in blankets
● Do transfer the victim to rescue and/or medical authorities as soon as possible

Hypothermia Don’ts:
● Don’t rub or massage the extremities
● Don’t give alcohol or caffeinated products
● Don’t apply ice
● Don’t apply external heat sources directly to the skin
● Don’t allow the person to smoke
● Don’t allow the person to walk upon rescue until cleared to do so by a medical professional

Find out more on cold water safety at

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I want to take a moment to prepare you for a possible Coast Guard law enforcement check* while you are out duck hunting. Here’s a PDF document that you can reference for additional information:
Take a look at a list of equipment that a Coast Guard Boarding Officer will check.

State Certificate of Numbers (registration card): Must be on board and not be expired.

Display of State Registration Numbers: 3” (minimum) block characters on the forward half of both sides. Read from left to right, contrasting in color to the hull, and a space the width of a character between the letter and number groups. State validation decal within 6 inches of numbers.

Life Jackets: One wearable life jacket in good and serviceable condition and appropriately sized for the wearer/intended wearer for each person on board. Required to be readily accessible (not buried beneath a dozen decoys and a pile of blind material.) HIGHLY recommended that they be worn. Vessels 16 feet and greater must have a type 4, throwable device, on board and immediately available.

Sound Producing Device: Must have some means of making an efficient sound signal in order to comply with the provisions of the navigation rules. At a minimum a referee’s type whistle. Better yet a “canned” type air horn or one built in at the place of manufacture.

Navigation Lights: Red and green 112.5 degree side lights (bow lights) with a 360 degree all around white light displayed where it is not obscured by parts of the boat, gear or occupants. These must be purpose built navigation lights (not solar garden lights from the local box store or Christmas lights…Yes I have seen that!) Those LED strips you might buy from your favorite online giant probably don’t meet the requirement either.

Fire Extinguishers: If the vessel has a built in fuel tank, a fuel tank that is permanently fixed to the deck or otherwise not easily jettisoned or a place where fuel vapors may be trapped, a fire extinguisher in good and serviceable condition is required. See the above PDF for more details. When in doubt, err on the side of caution.

Visual Distress Signals: Are not normally required where most of us hunt ducks. They are required on the Great Lakes, Oceans, Gulf and other large coastal bodies of water. Take a look at the above PDF for more details. Note: Approved Electric SOS Distress lights now meet the requirement for night time visual Distress signals.

Emergency Cut Off Switch: Also known as a kill switch. Generally as it applies to duck hunting boats, if your boat is equipped with a kill switch, you will be required to wear it while operating at planning speeds. This FAQ will help answer any questions you may have:

*While the states and the Coast Guard work closely to ensure uniformity of laws, there are some slight differences between state and federal law in some cases. Be sure to consult your state regulations.

Post by U.S. Coast Guard Heartland Safe Boating


Weekend warrior.

#safeboating #wearit #hero


Did you know that any water below 77⁰F is considered “cold water,” where a submerged person’s breathing begins to be affected? Falling into to 70⁰F water is considered to be dangerous. The U. S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary remind you that it’s better to take precautions than take chances around cold water. Go to for more cold water boating safety info. Download the Coast Guard mobile app:


The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has a big collection of resources available free to paddlecraft operators. You can go to their website and download a beginner’s guide to safer paddling, get a float plan, learn the Rules of the Road for paddlers or view a paddlecraft video series. And don't forget you can always contact the Auxiliary to find out about paddlecraft safety courses being taught in your area. Image from


Statistics released by the U. S. Coast Guard show that more people are killed or seriously injured by propeller strikes than in boat fires. Most of those injuries are preventable. Great tips on how to avoid propeller injuries is contained in a free brochure available from the Coast Guard.

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Photos from U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy's post

Photos from U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy's post


Have you read the federal boating requirements booklet lately? More than just a collection of rules and regs, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boater’s Guide to the Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats is like short course on recreational boating seamanship. It covers the meaning of buoys and navigational markers, the “rules of the road,” types of life jackets, fire extinguishers and much more. Download it and give it a read. You’re bound to learn something new about boating! U.S. Coast Guard image.


As we head deeper into the fall season, the air may be warm but the water can be cold. Great reminders from National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to make sure you wear your life jacket and to prepare for all situations.


Hunting waterfowl this season? If you’re not a regular boater, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary says you should be especially careful on the water. The Auxiliary says 70% of hunters who die in boating accidents fall overboard as a result of improperly loading the boat or having a hunting dog move around too much. A two-hour waterfowl hunting safety class is available. Go to: to find one.

You can also download a waterfowl safety brochure from the U.S. Coast Guard. Go to:

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On National Day of the Deployed, we honor all of the brave United States military personnel who are or have been deployed and are sacrificing - or have sacrificed - their lives to defend this country.


The Little Buoy That Could!

This buoy was very determined to make it to Europe. It hid from detection for three days bobbing around in the lower #ChesapeakeBay, avoiding ships and faking a false sinking, leading detectives to think it was lost to the sea. 🌊

Waiting for its most opportune time to make a run for it, the buoy set sail with the northern wind and ebb tide, en-route for the #OuterBanks and jumping in the Antilles Current for the long ride up the Labrador Coast. Buoy 32 did not realize that the #USCG Cutter Razorbill was on watch off the NC shore, where they took the buoy into tow and transported it back to Portsmouth, VA.

Get back on station, Buoy 32, and remember, nothing gets by Razorbill!

📸 : BOSN3 Thomas O’Brien
#boating #outerbanksnc #hamptonroads #ready #relevant #responsive

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Emergency engine/propulsion cut-off devices, sometimes referred to as an engine cut-off switch or kill switch, are a time-proven safety device used to stop the boats engines should the driver unexpectedly fall overboard. #ECOS #OperationDryWater


New to boating? An old hand on the high seas? You’ll find the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary’s official website jam-packed with free downloads, boater safety information, links to vital resources, class sign-ups, and the latest safety and regulatory information. You’ll want to bookmark this site and visit often!


Operating paddlecraft under cold weather conditions requires an extra measure of safety. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary suggests you learn more about cold weather canoeing and kayaking by visiting their boating safety website

Shown is a demonstration of one way to reenter a kayak during a cold water paddle craft class held in Juneau, Alaska. Image from DVIDS.


Surface Operations and the Boat Crew Training Program are at the heart of many Auxiliary Flotilla activities. Multi-mission patrols are carried out by trained and certified coxswains and crew, under U.S. Coast Guard-issued orders using Coast Guard-approved vessels or "facilities" offered for use by Auxiliary members.

Auxiliary surface operations play a key role in augmenting the U.S. Coast Guard's visibility and support of recreational boating safety. Some activities include search and rescue; regatta or marine event support including safety/security zones; rendering assistance to distressed persons or vessels; Aids to Navigation verification; bridge surveys; chart updating; marine environment protections; providing a platform for Team Coast Guard training; PWC patrol and more!

For more information about operations, please visit the Response Directorate website at

For info about volunteering with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, please visit

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary photo by COMO Daren Lewis, D13.

Timeline Photos

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Different types of communications equipment work in different areas, so a boater should make sure the equipment they have will work where they are boating. Boaters should carry at least two communication devices that will work when wet. #ODW22


EPRIBs and PLBs can save your life!


JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard rescued a man from a disabled vessel approximately 145 nautical miles west of Sitka, Alaska, Monday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on scene at 5:21 p.m. and hoisted a man from his 33-foot sailing vessel, Ananda, and transported him to Yakutat, where they were met by local EMS.

Coast Guard Seventeenth District watchstanders launched the Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crew, and a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules crew at approximately 3:15 p.m.

Seventeenth District watchstanders received an alert from the survivors’ emergency position indicating radio beacon at 3:00 p.m. The EPIRB registration information indicated the vessel was sold, had an expired registration, and indicated the batteries were low.

Watchstanders contacted the previous vessel owner who reported the new owner intended to leave his homeport in Seward, Alaska and travel to the Philippines with possibility of going to Seattle beforehand.

“This is a prime example of how having boating safety equipment, like an EPRIB, can save your life,” said Petty Officer First Class Dustin Lake, Seventeenth District operations unit watchstander. “It also shows why keeping your EPIRB registered with the correct information is crucial.”

On scene weather conditions were: Overcast at 400ft, Winds – 40 knots, Seas – 10 feet

Image from the U.S. Coast Guard and text from the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Alaska (


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