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Coast Guard Boat If you are 17 years old or older and have a desire to enhance your boating knowledge, your on-the-water skills, and/or assist the United States Coast Guard in an organized and professional manner, and also have fun, you should consider joining Flotilla 4-4 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary!

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 4-4 meets every first Tuesday of the month at the Spring Valley YMCA, 19 W. Linfield-Trappe Road, Limerick, PA. (get directions)   The meeting begins 7:00 p.m.

If you are interested in joining, please contact us at the Flotilla email address below and provide information on how we may get in touch with you.


Public Boating E-Books

Modern Navigation - About the Course:

Whether you want to improve your navigational skills on your local waters, or you’re longing to cruise in foreign and exotic locations, Modern Marine Navigation will help you on your way to become a better boater conveniently, in your own home. With this course you will learn the basics of plotting, reading charts, identifying ATONs and using them to find your way on the water as well as an introduction to electronic navigation all presented online where you can study at your own pace. This is the only navigation course to be completely vetted by the US Coast Guard Navigation Center.
Sign up and start Navigating like a pro today!

Basic Boat Handling - The Basic Boat Handling enhanced eBook from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is a great new way to learn more about safe boat operation skills and practices. This enhanced eBook contains embedded videos that explain each lesson and clearly demonstrate techniques for safe operation of your boat. With this guide's helpful text and engaging videos, you will learn the fundamental “how-tos” of safe boat maneuvering and will become a better, safer boater. It’s the next best thing to having an experienced instructor with you on your boat!

Please note:  These course are not NASBLA approved and there are no certificates issued upon completion.   To receive a certificate upon completion of a safe boating course, you still need to take a NASBLA approved safe boating course.  Please go to the Boating Courses tab to find the nearest US Coast Guard Auxiliary safe boating class.


The Auxiliary and BSA share similar concerns and responsibilities for educating members in a wide variety of boating and nautical subjects and promoting citizenship training and character development.  The Auxiliary will conduct Safe Boating classes, at no charge, for any Cub or Boy Scout Troop interested.   The Safe Boating class may be used towards earning points for an Elective Badge. Any Scout over the age of 13 and is interested in earning a Pennsylvania Safe Boating Certificate, please contact us. For more information, please email the Flotilla.



Courtesy Vessel Safety Checks - For information on courtesy vessel safety checks and finding a local vessel examiner in your area.  Once on the Vessel Safety Check website, please click on "I want a VSC."

A Vessel Safety Check is a courtesy examination of your boat (Vessel) to verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and Federal regulations. The Vessel Examiner is a trained specialist and is a member the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary who will make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a safer boater.

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