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Auxiliary University Programs (AUP) Program, Recreational Boating Safety Education, and Seamanship Seminar Series in the United States

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Established in 1939 by the U.S. Congress, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG Aux) is the uniformed auxiliary service of the United States Coast Guard and helps the communities by saving lives, assisting distressed boaters, conducting safety examinations of recreational vessels, and providing boater safety instruction. USCG Aux promotes safety, security, and assistance for the citizens of the United States in the harbors, seaports, coasts, canals, and rivers across the country. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating courses provide instruction to boaters at all levels, from the fundamental to the advanced.

USCG Aux is also responsible for promoting and improving recreational boater safety and supports active duty and reservists with search and rescue, Maritime Homeland Security, and mission support, Apart from this, the Auxiliary University Programs (AUP) is a Coast Guard Auxiliary-managed initiative established in 2007 and has students in over 30 colleges and universities across the United States.

AUP prepares undergraduate and graduate students for future public service inside and outside of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and provides opportunities for students to gain boating education, learn about homeland security, and gain operational and leadership experience by the time they graduate and completes the programs.

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Auxiliary University Programs (AUP) Program

AUP Qualification Levels

  • AUP Junior: Granted immediately upon enrollment, valid not more than 12 months; students must advance to AUP Senior prior to the expiration of the 12 month Junior qualification. The applicant is considered an AUP Junior from the date their AUP application is accepted, which allows them to begin taking online classes.
  • AUP Senior: Valid not more than three years following qualification; students must advance to AUP Graduate prior to the expiration of the 3 year Senior qualification. Extensions may be given on a case by case basis.
  • AUP Graduate: Students have a maximum of 3 years to achieve this qualification from the date they first qualify as an AUP Senior. Additional years require a waiver from the AUP national staff.

AUP Courses - General Requirements

  • Basic Introduction Course
  • Intro to Incident Management
  • Safe Boating

AUP Courses - Electives

  • Boat Operations
  • Telecommunications
  • Marine Safety
  • Vessel Examination
  • Public Affairs
  • Aviation

AUP Courses - Leadership Capstone

  • Leadership and Management
  • Internship
  • Independent Project
  • Homeland Security
  • Unit Leadership

AUP Courses - Operational Qualification

  • Boat Crew (Auxiliary or Active Duty)
  • Telecommunications Operator
  • Marine Safety Training Ribbon (MSTR)
  • Vessel Examiner
  • Public Affairs Specialist 1
  • Air Observer

Boating Safety Education

  • About Boating Safely (8 hours)
  • Navegando América (Spanish (8 hours)
  • Sailing Skills & Seamanship (8 to 13 lessons)
  • Weekend Navigator (8 to 13 lessons)
  • Boating Skills and Seamanship (8 to 13 lessons)
  • Navigating with GPS (8 hours)
  • Suddenly In Command (4 hours)
  • A Paddler's Guide To Safety
  • Personal Watercraft Course (1 hour)
  • Waypoints (1 to 3 hours)
  • Boating Fun (1 hour)

Seamanship Seminar Series

  • Inland Boating (2 hours)
  • Boating Safety (2 hours)
  • Power Your Boat (2 hours)
  • Lines & Knots (2 hours)
  • Weather and Boating (2 hours)
  • Your Boat's Radio (2 hours)

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