Breaking Out Boating Season With Fellowship

David Schuster

Welcome to the web site of Flotilla 83.

 The Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress in 1939 to promote safe recreational boating. We are unpaid uniformed volunteers who assist with many Coast Guard missions. Flotilla 83 was established in 2003.  It conducts safety patrols on Claytor Lake and the New River in Virginia, teaches boater safety classes as well as boating courses, provides free vessel examinations and assists the Coast Guard with homeland security duties. Flotilla 83 has 60 members who volunteer their time, talent, boats, and energy. In 2009 we volunteered 6275 hours, running  332 hours of safety patrols, conducting 242 vessel safety inspections, making 378 marine program visits and teaching 15 state-mandated boater safety classes to 712 participants.  Since 2003, we have conducted 33 validated rescues. If you are interested in learning more about the Auxiliary and Flotilla 83, email me at