The mission of the Education Department of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary is twofold: to provide exceptional boating safety education to the American public with the aim of reducing loss of life, personal injury and property damage to recreational boaters; and to deliver the highest possible quality training, resources and timely materials in support of our flotilla instructors and public education staff officers at every level who are furnishing such boating safety education.
To become a qualified Instructor (IT), a member needs to complete Instructor Development Course (IDC). Credentialed teachers & instructors may seek a waiver from the DSO-MT as specified in the Auxiliary Manual.
If a member applies for an Instructor wavier, the decision to waive requirements will be based on sufficient documentation, but at a minimum, the waiver will include the following criteria:
To remain certified, an Auxiliary Instructor must teach a minimum of 2 hours or serve as an assistant Instructor for 4 hours or by teaching 1 hour and assisting for 2 hours each year. Instructors must also attend approved workshops when required.
Failure to satisfy annual requirements will require the Auxiliarist to recertify as an Instructor. When the hours for teaching/serving as an assistant Instructor have not been met, the Instructor must perform the annual certification task(s), as a trainee, under the supervision of a certified Instructor. The certified Instructor receives the training (PE or MT) credit for the 2 or 4 hours performed during this recertification process. The candidate must then complete the annual certification requirements to retain certification for the following year.