Welcome to Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25-1, also known as "One Washington."  
Flotilla 054-25-01 Emblem

We have been operating in Washington, DC since 1939.  We are part of the Auxiliary's Fifth District, Southern Region and are currently the only flotilla in the nation's capital.  Our area of responsibility is the Anacostia River and the Potomac River from Key Bridge to the power lines near Quantico.  

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer service of the United States Coast Guard.  Members receive training to assist Coast Guard forces in non-law enforcement activities, including boating education, vessel safety checks, search and rescue, operational patrols, and environmental protection.  Fellowship is a key component in everything we do. 

We welcome new members.  One way to get started is to join us for a meeting.  We meet on the fourth Wednesday of most months at the DC Metropolitan Police Harbor Patrol Station located at 550 Water Street, SW. Use the Contact Us link if you have any questions about becoming a member of our flotilla.  You can also learn more about joining the Coast Guard Auxiliary by visiting our national website.

Safe Boating Week in DC May 21-27!

posted May 17, 2016, 6:09 AM by Nico Lacchini   [ updated May 24, 2016, 3:58 PM ]

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser
Mayor Muriel Bowser has declared the week of May 21-27, 2016, as "Safe Boating Week" in the District of Columbia, which coincides with National Safe Boating Week being promoted all over the United States! Join Flotilla 25-1 by taking stock of your safety equipment in your boat this week or signing up for a boating safety class (or encouraging a fellow boater to sign up). We'll be out at Gravelly Point Park this Saturday, May 21, to give free vessel safety checks starting at 11:00am! Join us to kick off the boating season!

Download the mayor's proclamation below.

Photo Credit: mayor.dc.gov

Coast Guard Auxiliary: Celebrating 76 years of Service to Nation

posted Jun 26, 2015, 11:54 AM by Nico Lacchini   [ updated May 24, 2016, 4:01 PM ]

Two Auxiliarists piloting vessel
Seventy-six years ago, Congress authorized the creation of a ‘Coast Guard Reserve.’ This Reserve force, which became known as the Coast Guard Auxiliary two years later, was to act as a force multiplier to promote safety on and over the high seas and the nation’s navigable waterways. Whether patrolling our Nation’s waterways to ensure safety and security or offering free vessel safety checks to recreational boaters, the Coast Guard Auxiliary serves a crucial role for the Coast Guard. Read the full article.

Photo Credit: Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Stanton

Safe Boating Week in DC is Happening Now!

posted May 18, 2015, 8:56 AM by Stephen Banea

Mayor Muriel Bowser has declared this week as "Safe Boating Week" in the District of Columbia, which coincides with National Safe Boating Week being promoted all over the United States! Join Flotilla 25-1 by taking stock of your safety equipment in your boat this week or signing up for a boating safety class (or encouraging a fellow boater to sign up). We'll be out at Gravelly Point Park this Saturday, May 23 to give free vessel safety checks starting at 11:00am! Join us to kick off the boating season!

Vessel Safety Check Dates for 2015

posted Mar 29, 2015, 7:54 PM by Stephen Banea   [ updated May 24, 2016, 4:02 PM by Nico Lacchini ]

Pickup Truck with Auxiliary Markings
Flotilla 25-1 will again be giving free vessel safety checks at the boat ramp at 
Gravelly Point Park in Arlington, Virginia starting in March! Check out the Vessel Safety Checks page for upcoming dates. Look for our tent, or our sign for the vessel safety check station. Hope to see you out on the water this boating season! 

Photo Credit: Stephen Banea, FSO-PA

Get Coast Guard Ready with Washington One

posted Aug 9, 2014, 6:48 AM by Dan Paisley   [ updated May 24, 2016, 4:04 PM by Nico Lacchini ]

Auxiliary vessel with MH-65 hovering nearby
The Coast Guard motto is semper paratus, which means "always prepared." The Coast Guard Auxiliary 
wants to help get you and your vessel “Coast Guard Ready” and make your experience on the water safe and fun!

Become Coast Guard Ready by taking one of the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s boating safety classes starting in September.  This year, the Washington, D.C. flotilla is offering both boating and sailing skills classes that will teach the proper and safe ways to operate a vessel, as well as how to navigate the waterways and meet state and local requirements.  Classes will be on weekday nights in Washington, D.C., at a Metro­ accessible location.  Click here for details.

And make sure your vessel is Coast Guard Ready, too, by taking advantage of a free vessel safety check offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25-1.  Vessel safety checks go over the required and recommended safety equipment and can be done for boats and paddlecraft (like canoes and kayaks).  If your vessel meets all of the requirements to have a safe trip on the water, you get a decal to display on your vessel showing that it passed.  Knowledgeable members of the Washington, D.C. flotilla provide vessel safety checks many weekends at Gravelly Point Park in Virginia.  More information, including the schedule, is available here.

CG Auxiliary Photo by Linda Vetter

Washington, D.C. Mayor Declares Safe Boating Week

posted May 11, 2014, 11:05 AM by Dan Paisley   [ updated May 24, 2016, 4:05 PM by Nico Lacchini ]

Mayor Vincent C. Gray signed a proclamation declaring May 17 through 23, 2014, “Safe Boating Week” throughout the District of Columbia.  Safe Boating Week is part of a larger National Safe Boating Week that kicks off a yearlong campaign to promote boating safety through life jacket wear, knowing the rules on the water, and being a responsible boater.

DC Safe Boating Week Proclamation from Mayor Vincent Gray
Mayor Gray recognized the Washington, D.C. flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in its role of promoting National Safe Boating Week in D.C., and this year the D.C. flotilla will be providing complimentary vessel safety checks to local boaters.  Do you know how many life jackets you need to have aboard your boat?  How about child size life jackets for when the kids or grandkids visit?  Vessel safety checks take a brief look at the safety equipment on board and start a conversation with the boater regarding proper equipment and safety practices with a knowledgeable member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

More information on vessel safety checks is available here; the next day of free checks is planned for Gravelly Point Park on May 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Along with other boating safety partners, the Coast Guard Auxiliary wants boaters in and around Washington, D.C. to have a worry-free, safe, and memorable boating season and encourages everyone to “Wear It!” – wear a life jacket when on the water at all times.  It saves lives!

For more information about the Wear It! campaign, and National Safe Boating Week, go to www.safeboatingcampaign.com.

2014 Free Vessel Exams Starting April 26th

posted Apr 24, 2014, 6:19 PM by Dan Paisley   [ updated May 24, 2016, 4:06 PM by Nico Lacchini ]

Flotilla 25-1 is pleased to announce that it will be offering free vessel safety checks (VSCs) again starting this weekend and continuing all boating season long, near the boat ramp in Gravelly Point Park in Arlington, VA.  VSCs are brief checks conducted by a knowledgeable member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary who will take you through all the safety equipment you need to have on board.  Boats, kayaks, canoes, sailboats, and rowboats that have all of the safety equipment needed will receive a VSC decal that shows you passed the VSC, and it is good for a year.

Tom Musso, FC 25-1, conducts a VSC at Gravelly Point
Get your free VSC at Gravelly Point from 10 am to 4 pm on April 26, May 3, May 17, May 24, June 7, and June 21.  As you kick off the season, look for our white tent near the ramp.  You can also stop by to get the latest information on safety equipment, navigation rules, and other pointers on safe boating.

A vessel safety check is brief.  There's no penalty if you don’t pass.  But the lessons learned and the information gained will ensure a safe season on the water!  Click here for more information on vessel safety checks.


Photo: Tom Musso, FC 25-1 conducts a VSC at Gravelly Point Park .  Photo taken by Stephen A. Banea, VFC.


Boating Safety Course Starts on March 31

posted Feb 1, 2014, 1:07 PM by Dan Paisley

Flotilla 25-1 will offer "About Boating Safely" in four classes from March 31 through April 9, 2014, at the D.C. Harbor Patrol Headquarters.  This beginner class is a prerequisite for a boat license or safety certification in many states, and many boat insurance companies will offer discounts to boaters who successfully complete it.  Click here for the detailed flyer with registration details.

January Flotilla Meeting Canceled

posted Jan 21, 2014, 10:12 AM by Stephen Banea   [ updated Jan 21, 2014, 10:12 AM ]

Due to the probability of inclement weather continuing tomorrow, the Flotilla Commander has canceled tomorrow's flotilla meeting. Stay safe!

Boating Skills and Seamanship is Back!

posted Jan 14, 2014, 4:34 PM by Stephen Banea   [ updated May 24, 2016, 4:09 PM by Nico Lacchini ]


Hot NewsStarting on January 27, Flotilla 25-1 will again be holding the premier boating safety class offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Boating Skills and Seamanship! This six week class will cover the many aspects of being a boater, from choosing the right boat for you to navigating the waters using a nautical chart! Successful completion of this course also fulfills many state requirements of taking a boating safety class. Space is limited, so register today through the link here

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