Every Auxiliarist can specialize in any or all of six different areas in the operational and administrative fields. Successful completion of a specialty course signifies that the Auxiliarist has gained considerable knowledge in that field. Completion of all six of the specialty courses leads to the member designation Operational Auxiliarist (AUXOP). The six specialty areas are:
- Communications (AUXCOM)
- Advanced Coastal Navigation (AUXNAV)
- Patrols (AUXPAT)
- Search and Rescue (AUXSAR)
- Seamanship (AUXSEA)
- Weather (AUXWEA)
Exams for all specialty courses are closed book. The exams are proctored. Passing grade is 75%.
For course materials and exams, contact the Flotilla Member Training Officer.
Communications Specialty Course (AUXCOM)
The AUXCOM Specialty is one of the few specialties cited as a requirement for other Auxiliary activities: ownership of an Auxiliary Fixed Land, Land Mobile, or Direction Finding Radio Facility. It is also required by Communications Officers who conduct radio facility inspections. AUXCOM is also the entry level requirement for communications watchstander training at Coast Guard units.
The AUXCOM Course is available online.
Advanced Coastal Navigation (AUXNAV)
An Auxiliarist who is qualified as a Navigation Specialist is a genuine asset to the Auxiliary operations activities. This individual knows where their vessel is at any given time and keeps it from danger. The Navigation Specialist is also well prepared to participate in our Public Education program, teaching the piloting portion of our basic courses and participating in the Basic Coastal Navigation (BCN) and Advanced Coastal Navigation (ACN) courses.
The AUXNAV Course is available online.
The AUXPAT Specialist is another genuine asset to the Auxiliary operations activities. This individual fully understands the complete spectrum of operational patrol activities both on the water and in the air, such as: Safety Patrol, Search and Rescue (SAR), Regattas spectator safety control, Chart Updating/Aids to Navigation Patrols, to name a few. Practical knowledge achieved by the AUXPAT Specialist engenders a keen awareness of, and response to, emergency situations, without jeopardizing the crew and facility.
The AUXPAT Course is available online.
Search and Rescue (AUXSAR)
An AUXSAR Specialist is well qualified in search and rescue and a genuine asset to the Auxiliary operations activities. The AUXSAR training is designed to present a thorough understanding of the policy, organization, and procedures involved in the search and rescue process as generally practiced by the U. S. Coast Guard. The AUXSAR Specialist is aware of the overall structure of the search and rescue organization, is able to plan search operations, and has an understanding of towing principles, towline properties, and recognition of the effects of sea state, to ensure a safe and successful search and rescue.
The AUXSEA Specialist is a particularly valuable asset in Auxiliary operations as knowledge of vessels and proficiency in their operation is a major Auxiliary interest. An AUXSEA Specialist has extensive knowledge of vessels and their propulsion systems as well as detailed information on how vessels are constructed, founded, and operated. The AUXSEA Specialist understands marine engines, knows how to perform minor repairs, is knowledgeable on vessel handling in normal and heavy weather, and how to approach distress situations. These attributes, when combined with the studies and practical training of the Boat Crew program, will make the member a competent and reliable crewmember of an Auxiliary vessel.
The AUXSEA Course is available online.
The AUXWEA Specialist is a genuine asset to Auxiliary operations activities. This individual understands the weather, its importance in the marine environment, and to the conduct of safe and effective operations. The AUXWEA Specialist is able to make accurate and valuable short range (several hours) weather forecasts to enable crewmates to avoid dangerous weather conditions while performing their patrol activities. Long range (two or more days) forecasts are also developed to assist in planning operations activities. The AUXWEA Specialist develops a keen sense of weather processes, including those which have an element of danger: thunderstorms, squall lines, fog, tornadoes, and other severe phenomena. A comprehensive knowledge of weather processes and effects is essential to the competent mariner, whether on the high seas, the coastal areas, lakes and rivers, or local reservoirs.
The AUXWEA Course is available online.