The Coast Guard Auxiliary on Lake Norman, is dedicated to helping the public with Boater Safety to the greater Charlotte area. From Public Education classes, Vessel Safety Checks, Specialized Training, and Boater Assistance. Charlotte area Auxiliary members conduct safety patrols on Lake Norman, assist in Search and Rescue, teach boating safety classes, conduct free vessel safety checks for the public, provide boating safety literature 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, boating accident prevention, and immediate assistance to the active-duty Coast Guard during Search and Rescue cases. Each Coast Guard district around the nation has established a senior officer and staff to provide tight liaison and coordination between the active-duty Coast Guard and the various Auxiliary units in that district.
"...maintain an Auxiliary that is robust, well-trained, and always ready." - R.J.PAPP, JR. Admiral U.S. Coast Guard
Lake Norman, NC Flotilla 26-01-5SR
Paddlesports Making a Splash with Coast Guard Auxiliary-
Paddlesports is one of the fastest growing forms of recreational boating in the United States. The Outdoor Industry Association reported in 2008 that about 17.8 million people participated in some type of paddlesports activity. The US Coast Guard anticipates that by 2020 as many as 47 million paddlers will be using paddlecraft for touring, physical exercise, fishing, hunting or other activities. With this comes misfortune as casualties and death rates are increasing. From 2001 to 2012 the percentage of deaths related to deaths grew from 10% to 21%.
What's the possible reason for such a large increase in death rates among paddlers?
One school of thought is boats are being purchased from stores without knowledgeable paddler salesmen. In turn, this is leading to more and more people underestimating the risk and overestimating their ability to deal with the risks. After the Coast Guard started the education program for boaters in the 70s there was a significant decline in the death rates and injury rates compared the number of registered boaters. Through a joint effort between the American Canoe Association and the US Coast Guard they merged their best practices of both organizations and signed a Memorandum of Agreement to promote safety among those who utilize kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards and more. The Coast Guard, with its 30,000 plus members, can greatly extend the reach of the ACA to make the Paddle sports Safety program successful.
Recently, members from Flotilla 26-01 traveled to participate in the first training session to implement the Paddlesports Program. Members, trained on techniques of paddling, recover from over turned kayaks, navigation, and the safety practices that need to be taught to the community through public education outlets. The program is in the beginning stages and is already creating a splash throughout the recreational boater community.
Interested in Joining the Paddlesport Campaign? Get your paddle craft inspected for FREE, Join the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and begin paddling alongside others to further expand the outreach!
Don't forget to set your clocks AHEAD one hour this weekend-
Flotilla 26-01 Visits Coast Guard Station Destin-
Flotilla 26-01 visited Active Duty station Destin, FL. Coast Guard Station Destin, commissioned in November 1977, is located on Choctawhatchee Bay at the east end of Okaloosa Island. USCG Destin preforms Search and Rescue and a wide range of law enforcement activities including Recreational and Commercial Boating Safety, Fisheries, Marine Environmental Protection, Ports/Waterways/Coastal Security and Drug Interdiction. The units area of responsibility extends 50 miles off-shore into the Gulf of Mexico bordered by Inlet Beach to the east and Navarre Bridge to the west. The unit is equipped with a 45 ft response boat medium(RBM)a 25-foot Defender Class small response boat(RBSs) and a 24 ft shallow water response boat. See Pictures from the visit.
Boater Safety CLass for Feb 22 Cancelled-
Due to unforenseen circumstances, the February class ONLY is cancelled. Please see the Boating Safety Class tab for more class dates.
Flotilla 26-01 Member of the Month-
Commander Nash retired from active duty in June of 2011 after 21 years of Active Duty Coast Guard Service and four years as a Cadet at the United States Coast Guard Academy. He has been serving Catawba County students in Hickory, NC as St Stephens High School Senior Naval Science Instructor (Naval Junior ROTC Instructor) since 2011. He holds a BS in Applied Science from the US Coast Guard Academy and a Masters in Business (MBA) from Webster University, St Louis Missouri.He served in nine different assignments from Weapons Officer-Coast Guard Cutter SENECA, Law Enforcement Detachment Team Leader (Desert Storm), Naval Aviator-Rotary Wing and Liaison to Department of Homeland Security. Read more about Nash on our Facebook Page.
First Snow of 2014, Lake Norman NC-
Coast Guard Lake Norman has released the 2014 Boat Safety Class schedule. For full list of class dates and locations visit our Boater Safety Class page.
Division 054-26 Change of Watch was held January 11, 2014. During the ceremony, Flotilla 054-26-015SR Lake Norman Commander John Mielke was awarded the Division Auxiliarist of the Year award! Mielke joined the Flotilla in December of 2010. Mielke has lead the Flotilla in its growth, by adding members to the unit and doubling the participation of unit members in the operation programs. Mielke exemplifies the meaning of being a leader, through his determination of expanding the Flotilla, offering training opportunities to the unit members, committing extensive personal time to the Coast Guard Auxiliary, while completing the Boat Crew program an participating in the Paddle sport training program. Flotilla 26-01 extends our congratulations and appreciation for Mielke’s diligence, dedication and provision he has brought to the Flotilla. More
Flotilla 26-01 Staff Officers set plans for the 2014 Boat Crew Training Program. The program is based off the active duty component of the Coast Guard. Auxiliary members are often times issued patrol orders in which Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessels are deployed to assist distressed boaters and search and rescue calls. The Boat Crew program is a rigorous training in which members will learn about proper; boating navigation, knots, man over board drills, towing evolutions, safe boating operations, search and rescue and more. Join the Coast Guard Auxiliary and begin your Boat Crew training and support the missions of the Coast Guard on Lake Norman.
Winter Weather Preparations-
The Winter season brings rough climates and unfavorable conditions when operating on the water. The biggest concern for boaters when exposed to these conditions is hypothermia. Without proper survival gear and knowledge, you can find your self victim to cold water and cold weather related emergencies. Find out more about winter weather considerations in our Boater Resource Center.
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