ABS Courses for 2011

About Boating Safely
(Nationally approved course; meets requirements for NY, NJ and CT)

3 course sessions upcoming:
  • March 12th and 19th or
  • April 2nd and 9th or
  • April 16th and 23rd


  • Know Your Boat, Before You Get Underway
  • Navigating the Waterways
  • Operating Your Boat/PWC safely
  • Legal Requirements of Boating, Boating Emergencies
  • Enjoying Water Sports With Your Boat

Hudson Harbor
41 Hudson View Way, Tarrytown, NY 10591
8:30am – 12:30 pm

To register contact Buck Buchanan, Flotilla Staff Officer
Public Education (858)722-3601 or hcbuchanan35 (at) yahoo.com

$75 for book and content required for
Personal Watercraft
Your insurance company may offer a 10-20% discount for course completion

SAR Competition June 4-5


JUNE 4-5 2010

Three (3) man team – all participate in each event
Travel orders for one night available for each team member
Each event is scored on a 100 point to 60 point scale - first thru fifth
SAR PUMP OPERATION – Unpack, start, fill drum, shut down
MARLINSPIKE - 3 station team work event – tests communication skills, knot-tying, line heaving, ability to move cargo and teamwork
HEAVING LINE - Each member will throw a line with a weight at a three score target.
Distance is about 40 feet and target width is 6 feet. Closer to center scores higher and all scores for each participant are counted. Highest score receives 100 points.
DAMAGE CONTROL PIPE – The team will be supplied with wedges, oakum, hammer, chisel, saw, and line. Patch must be made on pipe in 30 minutes and water pressure will be applied. A bucket will be place under repaired pipe and water leakage will be measured for two minutes. Least amount of water in bucket gets most points.
MYSTERY EVENT – Usually an on-the water event. Towing, piloting, SAR abilities will be tested.

These are just examples of past SAR events and events will probably vary from these.
WE all train very hard, come out and show what your DIVISION or FLOTILLA can do!

Division Boat Crew Academy May 23rd

Division 6 Boat Crew Academy, Sunday, May 23rd, Hudson Harbor, Tarrytown Marina, Hudson River
Flotilla members are asked to consider attending the upcoming Boat Crew Academy event, from 0900 - 1500 on Sunday, May 23rd.  The purposes of the Boat Crew Academy will be to:
1.     Review and reinforce the proper principles and good practices of Search and Rescue operations
2.    Review and reinforce the proper principles and protocols for good Communications
3.    Practice an incident response with coordination of all crew, available vessel and radio facilities under one Incident Commander
4.    Include all members in the exercise and enjoy fellowship with other Guardians in the Division
There will be classroom instruction in the morning, followed by an early lunch period, and then on an water exercise.
All those qualified or in training for operations and communications should participate fully. 
Those who are not in operations, but want to attend, have lunch and assemble in the observer/media – designated viewing area are welcome and encouraged to come.  It will be important in the after action discussion and reporting to hear from everyone about our response capability to incident planning and execution.
Regards and Semper Paratus,
Elizabeth S. Blee
USCG Auxiliary

USCG Licensed Master

Anti-terrorism course upcoming

Register today!

The Rockland County Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with the Hudson River Estuary Law Enforcement Task Force, will be hosting the following:

Introduction to Port Awareness and Response Training
April 6th, 2010

Target Audience: Port Facility Security Officers, members of city, state, regional and federal law enforcement agencies; all first responders or officials involved in the security and/or response to an incident inside a maritime facility.
Class Size: 50 - 100
Hours of Instruction: 0800 x 1600
Training Location: Rockland County Police Academy
35 Fireman’s Memorial Drive, Pomona, NY 10970
Prerequisites: None

Approved by the DHS/Office of Grants and Training

Course Overview
: An introductory course providing an awareness level of the complicities involved in responding to a terrorist event on or along the Hudson River that may involve any of our Hudson Valley industry and / or critical infrastructure south of Albany. An overview of the day-to-day operations and an examination of the challenges associated with securing our various critical sites. A review of the regulations that ensure protection for our waterways and the agencies enforcing them. There is also an introduction to the response capabilities along the Hudson River and our interaction with our Port Partners of the Port of New York / New Jersey and the Port of Albany. A discussion of the threat methodology, adversaries, risks and vulnerabilities associated with our Marinas and Maritime traffic.

Click here for the official flyer (PDF file):



Change of Watch Held

2010 Change of Watch - Table
The Division 6 Change of Watch was held at the RiverView restaurant in Hastings on Hudson on Sunday February 21st. The following is an excerpt of the days events provided by Joan Jennings, Public Affairs Officer, 1st Southern Division, Division 6:
YONKERS, NY: US CG Auxiliary Division 6, 1st Southern Region held their annual "Change of Watch" Ceremony at the River View in Yonkers, NY on Sunday, February 21st, 2010. The aptly named River View is also the new meeting place for Flotilla 6 – 8. The meeting commenced with a parade of colors, followed by the playing of the National Anthem led by Division Vice Commander Jonathon Romero, the Pledge of Allegiance led by James Dipelesi and an invocation by Art Spinner. Guest speaker Jim Pinto, Director of Downtown and Waterfront Development for the City of Yonkers presented a slide show on existing and planned projects for the Yonkers shoreline along the Hudson River. He presented a plaque from Yonkers Mayor Philip A. Amicone to lifelong Yonkers resident Art Spinner, Vice Commander of Flotilla 6-8, designating Sunday, February 21st, 2010 as “Art Spinner Day” in Yonkers.

The ceremony inaugurated the new Division 6 elected leaders and appointed staff officers for 2010. The oath of office was administered by Commander David Flaherty, USCG Sector NY to Lynn Glassman (Flotilla Commander 6-3), Phil Simone (6-4), Steve Schmidt (6-5), Annette Leder (6-6), Donald R. Elmendorf (6-7) and Barbara Karsten (6-8). Barbara Karsten was also “Auxiliarist of the Year” for her work in increasing active participants in her Flotilla 6-8 from 6 to 34 this past year 2009. Flotilla of the Year was 6-3. Other Awards given were to Ray Hitney for Public Education, Steve Schmidt for Vessel Examinations, to Kevin Hanley for Member Training, and Jim Dipelesi for Operations.

After remarks by IP Division Commander Kevin Hanley and Division Commander Betsy Blee, a silent auction was held, with proceeds going to support the work of the Division.
Thanks to the staff and owners of the River View, many of whom have recently joined the ranks of Flotilla 6-8.

Click here to view a photo album of some of the days events.