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The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian, volunteer arm of the U.S. Coast Guard. The Auxiliary supports the mission of the Coast Guard by promoting safety among recreational boaters in the United States and by providing services to Coast Guard units. Auxiliary members belong to a Flotilla. Several Flotillas make up a Division, and the Divisions are organized into Districts covering areas of the country. As of 2015, there were approximately 32,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Collectively, the Auxiliary contributes more than 4.5 million hours of service each year and complete nearly 500,000 missions in service to support the Coast Guard. Every year, Auxiliarists help save approximately 500 lives, assist 15,000 distressed boaters, conduct more than 150,000 safety examinations of recreational vessels, and provide boater safety instruction to more than 500,000 students. In total, the Coast Guard Auxiliary saves taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
Flotilla 02 of Division 39, 9 th Western District is based in Des Plaines Illinois. We hold monthly meetings, usually on the third Wednesday, at Prairie Lakes Recreational Center, 515 East Thacker in Des Plaines, IL. The public is welcome.
Our primary mission is to educate the public in aspects of boating and water safety. We conduct boating safety and navigation classes several times a year and run Public Affairs events, where we hand out boating information, at venues in the northwest suburbs. We perform Vessel Safety Checks, where a trained inspector goes through the safety equipment of a boat to insure that everything is current.
People wishing to volunteer with the Auxiliary do not need to have previous experience, have been in the military, or own a boat.
For further information please contact Flotilla 095-39-02 Vice Commander Tim Darrey at (847) 477-0914 or firstname.lastname@example.org