Coast Guard Auxiliary Association

Skilled Auxiliary boat driver assists national organization create a public service video

Auxiliarist Jim Fogle of Flotilla 72, St. Petersburg, answered the call from the Eckerd College Waterfront Program to help locate an open power boat capable of holding 12 to 15 people to use in the production of a public service video to debut for National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23. He provided his own boat and served as captain.

Ryan Dilkey, who coordinates Eckerd College’s search and rescue team, contacted Fogle, hearing of his skills as a boater and longtime representative of the Auxiliary’s public affairs and partner visitation programs.

The television spot, “Live the Life,” shares the experience of two families and a dog as they spend the day boating and fishing. It was shot at St. Petersburg’s Eckerd College and distributed by the National Safe Boating Council throughout the U.S. and Canada for the 2014 North American Safe Boating Campaign, which is a yearlong effort focused on spreading the message of boating safety and the critical importance of consistent life jacket wear.

“You can still have fun on the water while choosing to always wear a life jacket and boating responsibly,” says Rachel Johnson, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council, the lead organization for the Wear It! campaign.

View the 30-second spot at

The training Auxiliarists receive and the community relationships they build provide tremendous safety outreach opportunities!

Richard Risk USCGAUX