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Welcome To Coast Guard Auxiliary Sierra Division 11

Leon Borden, Division 11 CommanderWelcome to Division 11, also known as the Sierra Division. We are one of 10 Divisions in District 11, Northern Region, which encompasses Northern California, Nevada and Utah and is headquartered on Coast Guard Island, Alameda, California.

Our Division 11 AOR (Area of Responsibility) includes beautiful Lake Tahoe. A USA Today poll voted Lake Tahoe “America's Best Lake”. Other lakes in our immediate area include Pyramid Lake, Topaz Lake and Lake Lahonton.

We have about 100 members that are divided into three flotillas. Flotilla 01 is on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Flotilla 04 is in South Lake Tahoe, and Flotilla 03 meets in Reno but includes Sparks, Carson City, and the surrounding area.

Lake Tahoe is also home to Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe. Eighteen men and women staff the station 365 days a year. We are very fortunate to have a great working relationship with the station and perform many joint activities which include training sessions, on the water events, and social activities throughout the year. Lake Tahoe is quite beautiful but can be dangerous – we spend much of our time educating the public on the effects of cold water, as well as performing other boating safety activities.

We welcome new members! If you want to see what we are about, attend one of our flotilla meetings. Our Division home page has links for the three flotillas. Please contact them for meeting location and time.
You can also look at the District website, or try a Tuesday Night Live webinar to hear and see what we do and how you can join.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer arm of the United States Coast Guard. Membership in the Auxiliary can be a very rewarding experience for anyone interested in volunteering in an organization that focuses on boating safety. There are many benefits to membership including fellowship and being around other people that have a common interest and genuine love for the water. Boat ownership is not a requirement. Some of the other disciplines that our members participate in are: Boat Crew and Coxswain training, Vessel Examiner, Aids to Navigation Verifier, Instructor, Computers, Radio Communications, Finance, and Public Affairs.  There is something for almost everyone.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s membership opportunities, to schedule a free vessel safety check, or inquire about a boating safety class. If you have time, check out this video.

Bruce Martin, Division 11 Commander
bmartin@sierracgaux.org