US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-08 Plattsburgh NY

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-08 Plattsburgh NY We are the civilian, volunteer component of the US Coast Guard. Serving the Lake Champlain Region

09/27/2023

Take a look back at the recruiting efforts
of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in the 1960s.
After WWIl, the Auxiliary began to focus
heavily on boating safety, education,
and vessel examinations while under
the direction of the Department of
Transportation.

Let us know if you've seen any of these
recruiting posters throughout the years and
comment the best one you have seen!

Photo by USCG Auxiliary History Division,
Auxiliarist Mark A. Snell.

09/11/2023

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Remembering September 11th ๐Ÿ™

Today, as we mark the 22nd anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we come together to remember the lives lost, the heroes who emerged, and the enduring spirit of unity that defines our great nation ๐Ÿ—ฝโค๏ธ.

On this solemn day, we pay tribute not only to the brave first responders and civilians who demonstrated extraordinary courage, but also to the countless volunteers who stepped up in the face of adversity.

Their unwavering dedication and selflessness in the aftermath of 9/11 provided critical support, comfort, and assistance to those in need. They demonstrated the true power of community and solidarity during our darkest hours.

Let's take a moment to remember, honor, and express our gratitude to all of the first responders, Team Coast Guard shipmates, volunteers, and organizations who played a vital role in the response efforts and continue to serve our communities today. ๐Ÿค๐ŸŒŸ

As we reflect on this day, may we never forget the importance of coming together in times of crisis and working hand in hand to build a brighter, more resilient future. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’ช

๐ŸŽจ Rafael Baez, AUXPA3 ๐Ÿ“ธ PO2 Thomas Sperduto

09/09/2023

Heading to the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration actives on Sunday? Stop by Trinity Park and see us. Flotilla Members will be on hand to talk about safe boating, our upcoming safe boating class, and how you can volunteer with the Auxiliary.
We hope to see you there!
1814 Commemoration Inc.

Join us on September 23rd at the American Legion (162 Quarry Rd) for our last safe boating class of the season. Cost is ...
08/28/2023

Join us on September 23rd at the American Legion (162 Quarry Rd) for our last safe boating class of the season. Cost is $30 and includes all course materials and lunch. Contact us today to secure your spot.

Flotilla 15-08 was proud to support the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament Expo on Lake Champlain this weekend. Members ...
08/20/2023

Flotilla 15-08 was proud to support the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament Expo on Lake Champlain this weekend. Members were on hand with a Public Education display with information about lifejackets, radio communications, and state and federal regulations.

07/21/2023
05/17/2023

In-person Boaters Safety Course coming to Port Henry Saturday June 3rd.

All NYS boaters born after January 1 1983 are required to have a valid boaters safety certificate to operate in 2023.

Reach out to Bob Shivokevich from the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-08 Plattsburgh NY to secure your space! Regster via email to [email protected]

05/11/2023

Boaters who unexpectedly fall into cold water are at risk for more than hypothermia. Accidental cold-water immersion can cause a fatality within minutes.

Weather and air temps will be warm this weekend, with water remaining cold, especially areas with snow pack melting. Water at 55 degrees Fahrenheit may not sound cold, but can be deadly. Don't be fooled by warm or even hot air temps, because many waterways stay under 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the spring.

Tips:

๐Ÿฆบ Always WEAR a life jacket underway and on the dock.

๐ŸŒก๏ธ Dress for the water temperature, not the air temp.

๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ Even experienced swimmers will experience shock and loss of muscle control in frigid water.

๐Ÿ˜ฒ If you fall in, stay calm and control your breathing. Try not to gasp.

๐Ÿ“ File a Float Plan with someone onshore prior to boating or paddling. https://floatplancentral.cgaux.org/

โžก๏ธ Carry a marine radio and emergency locator beacon

๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿบ Boat Sober!

For more information and tips, visit https://safeboatingcampaign.com/news/cold-water-immersion-facts/

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary graphic composite: A-directorate.


Learn all of this and more at our upcoming Boat Safely America course on Saturday May 6, 2023.For more information and t...
04/28/2023

Learn all of this and more at our upcoming Boat Safely America course on Saturday May 6, 2023.
For more information and to register for the class, please contact us at: [email protected]

Know your standard marine distress signalsโ€”they will save your life! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

04/21/2023

โžก๏ธ National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26, is only a month away! We will be sharing safe boating tips on a daily basis. We will also hold a Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day contest on our page on May 19th! Winners (first, second, and third place) will receive an A-Directorate Directors coin! Feel free to message our page for more info on that! ๐Ÿ›Ÿ

So join us! Hope to see you there!

๐Ÿฆบ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ›Ÿ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿฆบ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ›Ÿ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿฆบ



04/11/2023

Smooth sailing starts with staying alert!

Whether youโ€™re cruising through the high-seas or navigating a busy marina, keeping your focus on the water is one way to stay safe. Per navigations rules, you should always have a proper lookout, operate at a safe speed, and yield or give-way to another vessel when in doubt, and to always avoid a collision. Also, always WEAR a life jacket, and enjoy the ride!

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary graphic by Matthew Micalizzi.

Want to learn more? Visit http://bdept.cgaux.org



04/06/2023

Are you interested in serving your country and community? We are looking for volunteers for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. We can use your talents in various program areas from boat crew to cybersecurity to culinary assistance, and many needs in between.

For more information, please visit cgaux.org and look for a flotilla nearest you!

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ โš“๏ธ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ โš“๏ธ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ โš“๏ธ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ โš“๏ธ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ โš“๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ โš“๏ธ


03/21/2023

Stay connected while on the water for safety!

Don't forget to pack your VHF radio on your next boating adventure. Using a VHF marine radio is essential for boaters. In situations where there is limited cell phone reception, a VHF radio can be the only way to call for help. Cell phones can get wet and fail to function.

Don't let a lack of communication become a problem. Be prepared and carry a VHF radio!

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary graphic by Matthew Micalizzi.

03/18/2023

Marine Navigation Rules are much like the rules of the road. They establish a consistent way to navigate safely and avoid collisions when two boats are crossing paths, are on course to meet head-on, or when one boat wishes to overtake another.

Remember to avoid a collision at all times, do not travel too fast for existing conditions, and always wear a well-fitted Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

For more info and free copy of guide, please visit https://uscgboating.org/regulations/navigation-rules.php

Graphic from U.S. Coast Guard's guide, U.S. Aids to Navigation.

03/16/2023

Time is running out to register for our Boat Safely America course from March 28-30!
Learn all about Navigation rules, radio communications, boating emergencies, trailering and docking your boat, and much moreโ€ฆ
Cost: $10 (includes course materials, certificate of completion, and wallet card).
email: [email protected] today to reserve your spot

Donโ€™t forget to sign up for our Safe Boating Classes-email: safeboating1508@gmail.com.Our First class of the season will...
03/04/2023

Donโ€™t forget to sign up for our Safe Boating Classes-email: [email protected].
Our First class of the season will be March 28-30 from 5:30pm-8:30pm.
Contact us today for more information!

Whether you're new to boating ๐Ÿšฃโ€โ™€๏ธ or a salty sailor, a boating safety course is a great way to freshen up your boating safety knowledge. In many cases, it is required by states for operating power driven ๐Ÿ›ฅ vessels. Courses often cover topics like safety equipment ๐Ÿ›Ÿ, navigation๐Ÿงญ, rules of the road, and boating etiquette among other important topics.

โš“๏ธ We encourage boaters to enroll in a course for preparation of boating season. ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป For a course near you, visit
https://www.cgaux.org/boatinged/




Image courtesy of the National Weather Service.

03/01/2023

Itโ€™s almost Spring, have you taken a safe boating course yet? In NYS, under Briannaโ€™s Law, all boaters and PWC operators born after January 1st, 1983 are required to complete a NASBLA approved 8 hour safe boating class.
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-08 Plattsburgh NY is offering several Boat Safely America courses over the next few months to help prepare boaters and PWC operators to hit the water this summer. All classes will be held at American Legion Post 20 (Quarry Rd) in Plattsburgh.
Upcoming classes:
-March 28-March 30 from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Cost: $10
-April 18-April 20 from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Cost $10
-May 6 from 9am-6pm. Cost $15 (lunch provided).
Register now to reserve your spot! Email: [email protected]

02/12/2023

UPDATE MONDAY FEBRUARY 13: The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is continuing to advise the public to stay off the ice on Lake Champlain while the current warm weather persists. On inland waters where ice conditions may be better, continue to use good judgement, check the ice as you go, and leave vehicles on shore.

Congratulations to Auxiliarist Charlie Schenck for completing 25 years of service to the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
01/31/2023

Congratulations to Auxiliarist Charlie Schenck for completing 25 years of service to the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

05/31/2022

Time is running out to register our June Boating Safety classes!
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-08 Plattsburgh NY is offering: Boat America, a Course on Responsible Boating. This 8 hour NASBLA approved course satisfies all NYS boater safety course requirements-including NYS required PWC (Jet Ski) certificate.
Topics covered include:
-Know your Boat
-Trailering your boat
-Navigation โ€Rules of the Roadโ€
-Marlinspike (knot tying)
-US Aids to Navigation System
-Boating and Weather Emergencies
-NYS specific rules and regulations
-And much, much more!!
We will be offering 2 courses in June:
-Saturday June 4, 2022 from 9am-6pm-cost is $15 (includes course materials, certificate, wallet card, and lunch)
-Monday-Wednesday June 6-8 from 5:50pm-8:30pm-cost is $10 (includes course materials, certificate, and wallet card)
*Both courses will be offered at American Legion Post 20, on the Quarry Rd*
For more information and to register,
Email: [email protected]

05/30/2022
Are you a boater in New York born after January 1, 1988? Beginning this year all operators of motorized vessels in NYS a...
05/25/2022

Are you a boater in New York born after January 1, 1988? Beginning this year all operators of motorized vessels in NYS are required to complete an 8 hour boater safety course. By 2025 this requirement will be in place for all operators regardless of age.
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-08 Plattsburgh NY is offering: Boat America, a Course on Responsible Boating. This 8 hour NASBLA approved course satisfies all NYS boater safety course requirements-including NYS required PWC (Jet Ski) certificate.
Topics covered include:
-Know your Boat
-Trailering your boat
-Navigation โ€Rules of the Roadโ€
-Marlinspike (knot tying)
-US Aids to Navigation System
-Boating and Weather Emergencies
-NYS specific rules and regulations
-And much, much more!!

We will be offering 2 courses in June:
-Saturday June 4, 2022 from 9am-6pm-cost is $15 (includes course materials, certificate, wallet card, and lunch)
-Monday-Wednesday June 6-8 from 5:50pm-8:30pm-cost is $10 (includes course materials, certificate, and wallet card)
*Both courses will be offered at American Legion Post 20, on the Quarry Rd*
For more information and to register,
Email: [email protected]

Itโ€™s safe boating week for our neighbors to the North as well
05/24/2022

Itโ€™s safe boating week for our neighbors to the North as well

When the weather warms up, the number of drownings and accidents on the water increases. Following a few simple practices during the summer months...

Contact us today to sign up for a boating safety course!
05/24/2022

Contact us today to sign up for a boating safety course!

U.S. Coast Guard says Lake Champlain poses a dangerous risk of hypothermia ahead of warm weekend.

05/23/2022

Too much sun can be no fun! Did you know the environment may stress your body & mind enough to make the risk of an accident much greater while boating?

05/23/2022

Exploring America's magnificent lakes, rivers, ponds, bays, and oceans has long been a favorite pastime for recreational boaters and a memorable way to

05/17/2022

Flotilla 15-08 serves the Lake Champlain Region as part of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, First Southern District. We are the civilian volunteer component of the US Coast Guard dedicated to increasing boating safety through public education. We offer boating safety courses as well as free vessel safety inspections. We also support the Coast Guard in non-law enforcement areas such as safety patrols, radio communications, and marine safety and environmental protections.

Our meetings are held at 7pm on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the American Legion Post #20. Visitors are always welcome.

05/17/2022
What a beautiful ship!
05/16/2022

What a beautiful ship!

1946 the United States Coast Guard Barque EAGLE was commissioned into service by Captain Gordon McGowan.

05/14/2022

Bravo Zulu to the next Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, Admiral Fagan! Admiral Faganโ€™s nomination was confirmed by unanimous consent by the Senate and she will take over command from Admiral Schultz upon his retirement.

05/13/2022

Planning to head out on the water?

Gear up for a responsible and fun boating season with , May 21-27, 2022! Stay safe with these tips:

โœ… Take a boating safety course.
โœ… Check equipment. Schedule a free vessel safety check with local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons to make sure all essential equipment is present, working and in good condition.
โœ… Make a float plan. Always let someone on shore know where you're going and when you expect to return.
โœ… Wear a life jacket.
โœ… Always check the forecast before departing on the water and frequently during the excursion.
โœ… Never boat under the influence. A BUI is involved in one-third of all recreational boating fatalities.

U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Karl Schultz Admiral Linda Fagan Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Go Coast Guard

05/11/2022

One of the main missions of the Coast Guard Auxiliary is sharing the Recreational Boating Safety message! RBS is job #1! This month, Auxiliarists across the nation are getting ready for National Safe Boating Week with Vessel Safety Checks and Public Affairs events, sharing boating safety information. Creating a culture of safe boating is paramount to our organization.

How can you be a responsible boater this boating season? Be prepared!

One of the most important actions a boater or passenger can take, while on the water or dock, is wearing a coast guard approved, well-fitting life jacket.

In addition, getting a free vessel safety check and taking an approved boating course will also get you on the water to safer boating.

The statistics confirm this. Only 12% percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator was known to have received a nationally approved boating safety education certificate. Also,
where cause of death was known, 75% of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 86% were not wearing a life jacket.

For a free Vessel Safety Check, visit http://cgaux.org/vsc/

For a boating safety course near you, visit https://uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/boating-safety-courses.php

For more information on life jackets, please visit https://uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/life-jacket-wear-wearing-your-life-jacket.php

Photos: Recent Recreational Boating Safety events include, clockwise, USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 02-08, Portsmouth, NH; U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Juneau Flotilla; LaCrosse Flotilla Coast Guard AUX District 8WR; and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 8WR Marine Safety. Thank you for sharing the safe boating message and keeping our waterways safe!

(โœ๏ธ Deborah Heldt Cordone, AUXPA1)

05/08/2022

Happy Mother's Day from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary! ๐Ÿ’™โš“๏ธ

05/06/2022

In honor of , the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has some great safety tips for your 13/10 good doggos and puppers ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿฆบโš“

๐Ÿถ Have them wear a snug, well-fitted life jacket on the dock and underway. The life jacket should have a strong handle to lift them out of the water and be a bright color with reflective trim. Even the strongest swimmers are susceptible to getting tired, hypothermia, and strong currents just like their humans. They can even get knocked out or injured while falling overboard.

๐Ÿถ Not all life jackets are the same. They come in different sizes and buoyancy. Make sure to test the life jacket on your dog in calm waters or pool under full supervision before taking them underway.

๐Ÿถ Have a leash on your dog or handy at all times. Some dogs may get nervous due to the movement and vibration. It may be better to start with shorter trips to see how your pet reacts. Be aware of waves that could possibly throw a dog from the boat.

๐Ÿถ Dogs can get sunburn and skin cancer too. Use sunscreen formulated especially for dogs, checking with your vet for a recommended product.

๐Ÿถ Have a shaded place on the boat for the dog to rest, with the availability of water.

๐Ÿถ Have a first aid kit for humans and a special one for your dog.

๐Ÿถ Have at least one other person onboard assigned to look after your pet. It is easy to get distracted and the captain of the boat needs to focus on boating. Consider leaving your cherished pet at home if there is no one available to help. Your pet should be supervised at all times while on the water.

๐Ÿถ Carry your dog on and off the boat if there is no ramp. A dog can slip if jumping on, and potentially get caught between the dock and the boat.

This does not cover all scenarios. Expect the unexpected and protect your pooch or other loved pet while boating!

๐Ÿ“ธ FN Cole gets underway on a Coast Guard response boat from U.S. Coast Guard Station Coos Bay - U.S. Coast Guard photo by CWO Beth Slade

05/04/2022

"Wishful Wednesday": With mother's day and father's day coming up, along with warmer weather and boating season, a wish list for safe boating gifts makes sense! Put a smile on the face of your beloved boater with one or more of these life-saving items. ๐ŸŽ

05/04/2022

What do stormtroopers eat?

Wookie steak, but itโ€™s a little Chewy.

May the 4th be with you!

04/26/2022

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