Volunteering with the Coast Guard Auxiliary is a great experience. I joined before I retired and continue to do so now. There are many training opportunities and whether you are physically active and want to be on the water or more sedentary, there is a way to get involved. I teach Boating Safety classes, work in recreational boating safety booths at boat shows and community festivals, do vessel examinations and do watchstanding. The boating community is great to work with. Also, you may believe that you have to live in a coastal area to be involved but that is not true. I live in the Metropolitan Atlanta area and our area of responsibility includes Lake Lanier.
asbs10, thanks for sharing! That sounds like a very fun and rewarding opportunity. I'm curious to hear if others on the community are involved in similar programs.
Took a Coast Guard Auxiliary class a long time ago. I didn't even own a boat and all I remember is starboard and port and the signals when passing another boat (I think). Felt a bit out of place with those guys with cabin cruisers, but they were nice enough not to rub it in. :-))))
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