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Boat Crew Qualification Program D1NR

Boat Crew finds the position of rescue equipment dropped from an Air Station Cape Cod HC-144 during a traiing mission.

Nantucket Sound - Boat Crew finds the position of rescue equipment dropped from an       
Air Station Cape Cod HC-144 during a training mission. USCG AUX Photo by William J Bell


Overview of the BCQP
Finding the Study and Reference Materials
Changes to the Boat Crew Program (National)
D1NR Policy Documents and Instructions
Task Specific Tips and Tutorials
Useful Links for Aux Boat Crewmembers and Coxswains


The manuals and policy documents of the Boat Crew Qualification Program (BCQP) set requirements for eligibility, performance, qualification, certification, currency maintenance and recertification.  This process validates that a member is capable of performing assigned duties safely, effectively, and responsibly, and places great trust and confidence in the member.

All trainees, regardless of disability, must successfully demonstrate the skill, ability, and endurance to perform all qualification tasks utilizing the process established in the appropriate qualification guide.

Auxiliary members who safely and successfully complete the qualification tasks by demonstrating the skill, mobility, and endurance, are considered Qualified and eligible to achieve Certification in the Boat Crew Qualification Program by the District Director of Auxiliary. Certification is recorded in AUXDATA II.

The presentation below (in either PowerPoint or pdf format) provides a more detailed overview of the program and its process intended to help members make informed decisions when considering participation and to assist trainees and their mentors work thru the qualification process. 

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Finding the Study and Reference Materials

There are a number of documents that Trainees, Mentors, QE's and others need to access in order to prepare and participate in the BCQP.  The number and size of these seems somewhat daunting at first. Below is a presentation (again in PowerPoint or pdf format) that gives specific guidance on what parts of which documents need to be studied by Boat Crew Trainees.  Many of these references can be found on the National Response Directorate website  https://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=R-DEPT&category=telecomms-documents  you will need to use your Member Zone Credentials to login to access the documents.  Before diving in it is recommended that you review the presentation below on Finding the Material for Boat CREW Qualification.  It explains step by step how to access the documents and how to use them for efficient study.

Image of Title Slide Finding Material for Boat CREW QualificationImage of Title Slide Finding Material for Boat CREW Qualification
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Changes to the Boat Crew Program (National)

FAQ Surface Operations Updated Training & Qualifications Handbooks You will need to login with your Member Zone credentials to view this document

D1NR Policy Documents and Instructions

D1NR has issued Additional Joint Qualification Requirements for Boat Crew and Coxswain Positions (24 May 2022). This document lists specific expectations for the performance of search pattern evolutions, u/w training and administrative performance.

D1NR has a District specific process for requesting QE Services. The document accessed from the link below details the current procedure for Requesting QE Services. 

The request for QE services form is a vetting form to be sure the candidate is up to date on all prerequisites prior to a QE session. This is aimed at preventing Oral Exam and/or Check Ride being done only to find it cannot be entered into AUXDATA II due a REYR or REWK.  Be sure to carefully read the instructions.

A request for QE services is sent to CQEC who will assign QE(s). Do not contact QEs directly, pass the word to Active Duty QEs to contact CQEC for guidance on what to do.  No QE Services including Active Duty QE's will be provided without this form.  No Request for QE Services means no entry into AUXDATA.

Initial BC and CX Candidates must present QE with signed request for QE services form and pages from the QUALIFICATION GUIDE with all dates and mentor names listed and within the two year limit from first to last task sign-off.

This is to ensure that everything is in order for the QE Services to be provided.


Task Specific Tips and Tutorials

Search Pattern Expectations for Coxswain Check Rides

Auxiliary Vessels under orders are Coast Guard Assets. As such, you need to be able to respond to a SAR Case should be so assigned by the OIA.

Therefore, plotting aboard is a necessary skill.  It is permissible to plot at the dock if conditions permit.

Plotting requirements:

  • SS and VS are NOT Plotted, they are drift patterns and have a track space which is too small to plot. Those are acted upon by proceeding to CSP and initiating the search pattern.

  • Coxswains are expected to be able to accurately plot PS and CS patterns.

  • This requirement is part of the the PQS for Underway Check Rides for all CXs.

  • Plot the given SAR Pattern (PS or CS) on paper chart (First 3 legs minimum); enter the turning waypoint coordinates and proceed to execute underway.

Here is a tutorial describing a quick plotting method for CS and PS Search Patterns.

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Useful Links for Aux Boat Crewmembers and Coxswains


Surface Program Documents  http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=R-DEPT&category=telecomms-documents  Member Zone Login required

Surface Operations Best Practices   http://www.rdept.wow.uscgaux.info./content.php?unit=R-DEPT&category=surface-best

USCG Aux Operational Excellence Program  http://wow.uscgaux.info/Uploads_wowII/095-45/OperationalExcellence.pdf

Drill Sheets - Every Mission is a training mission http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=R-DEPT&category=training-guides

D1NR Nav Systems  http://www.uscgaan.com/


USCG Boating Safety  https://www.uscgboating.org/  Recalls and much more

Radiotelephone Handbook, COMDTINST M2300.7   https://www.hsdl.org/?view&did=453956

Light List Vol 1.  https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lightlists/LightList_V1_2021.pdf

US Aids to Navigation System Guide  https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/navRules/US_ATON_Guide.pdf



National Weather Service   https://www.weather.gov/

National Data Buoy Center   https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

Office of Coast Survey  https://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/

US Coast Pilot  https://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/publications/coast-pilot/index.html

Tide Predictions   https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.html

Current Predictions  https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/noaacurrents/Regions


National Geospatial -Intelligence Agency

Bowditch,  American Practical Navigator  https://msi.nga.mil/Publications/APN


Private Sources

NavRules Training Software   https://www.navrules.com/





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