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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, all-volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. The Auxiliary was created by an Act of Congress in 1939, and has grown to over 26 thousand members who daily support the Coast Guard in all its non-military, and non-law-enforcement missions. We have members and units in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.
Auxiliary members conduct Marine Observation Patrols on local waterways, assist in Search and Rescue, teach Boating Safety Classes, conduct free Vessel Safety Checks for the public, provide Boating Safety Information to dealers, as well as many other activities related to Recreational Boating Safety.
The Coast Guard considers the Auxiliary its primary resource for recreational boating safety outreach and prevention, and each Coast Guard district around the nation has established a senior officer and staff to for coordination and intigration between the active-duty Coast Guard and the various Auxiliary units in that district.