Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Coast Guard Auxiliary Boat Crew

Iowa may not have any oceans, but it has plenty of water resources.  I'm staying sharp out here.  I recently qualified as Boat Crew.  It's really an exercise in staying calm and focused amidst traffic and changing environmental conditions.

Laying anchor in the Mississippi River
My first official patrol was in Coralville, IA on Labor Day Weekend.  The morning was sidetracked by some mechanical problems--nothing we couldn't fix with a three pound sledge (and some replacement parts).  The lake had wakes and wind that bounced us around a bit.  All in all, I had a good foundation of team coordination and communications training that made me confident in the crew.  Our day's end tally was one escort and one tow.