Auxiliary Qualification Handbook - Boat Crewmember, Coxswain, Personal Watercraft Operator ABQH 16115.52A


1. PURPOSE. This Handbook provides standardized performance objectives and guidance for the purpose of training, qualifying and certifying auxiliary members for patrol duty on Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel facilities.

2. ACTION. All Coast Guard unit commanders, commanding officers, officers-in-charge, deputy/assistant commandants, chief of headquarter directorates must comply with the policies contained.

3. AUTHORIZED RELEASE. Internet Release is Authorized.

4. DIRECTIVES AFFECTED. Auxiliary Boat Crew Qualification Guide, Volume I: Crew Member, COMDTINST M16794.52A; Auxiliary Boat Crew Qualification Guide, Volume II – Coxswain, M16794.53A; Auxiliary Boat Crew Qualification Guide, Volume III: PWC Operator, COMDTINST M16794.54A, are canceled.

5. DISCUSSION. This Handbook is to provide guidance to train and qualify members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary as Coxswain, Boat Crewmember, Personal Watercraft Operators.

6. DISCLAIMER. This guidance is not a substitute for applicable legal requirements, nor is it itself a rule. It is intended to provide operational guidance for Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel and is not intended to nor does it impose legally-binding requirements on any party outside the Coast Guard.

7. MAJOR CHANGES. Major changes to the Auxiliary Boat Crew Qualification Handbook are as follows:

a. Streamlined Qualification Guides for Boat Crewmember, Coxswain and Personal Watercraft Operator into a single document.

b. Updated Coast Guard office designations, addresses and telephone numbers.

c. Added Deferred task requirements and definition.

d. Removed all references to the legacy POMS and replaced with AUXDATA II.

e. Added Physical Fitness and Vision screening task requirements.

f. Added the PLB to the PPE equipment task for Crewmember. Commandant United States Coast Guard US Coast Guard Stop 7710 2703 Martin Luther King JR Ave SE Washington DC 20593-7710 Staff Symbol: CG-BSX-12 Phone: (202) 372-2515 ABQH 16794.52A 01 NOV 2022 ABQH 16794.52A 2

g. Changed the standard time for MOB recovery to 3 minutes to improve the chances of survivability of a PIW for Coxswain.

h. Combined all search pattern plotting tasks into a single task.

i. Added proficiency in the Use of GPS/DGPS (if equipped) and Use of Radar (if equipped) to the Coxswain Underway Check Ride form and Coxswain Currency Maintenance Check Ride form.

j. Added proficiency in the use of GPS/DGPS (if equipped) to the PWC operator Underway Check Ride form and the Currency Maintenance Check Ride form.

k. Water Survival exercise added.


a. The Office of Environmental Management, Commandant (CG-47) reviewed this handbook and the general policies contained within, and determined that this policy falls under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) categorical exclusion A3. This handbook will not result in any substantial change to existing environmental conditions or violation of any applicable federal, state, or local laws relating to the protection of the environment. It is the responsibility of the action proponent to evaluate all future specific actions resulting from this policy for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), other applicable environmental requirements, and the U.S. Coast Guard Environmental Planning Policy, COMDTINST 5090.1 (series).

9. DISTRIBUTION. No paper distribution will be made of this Handbook. An electronic version will be located on the Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety (CG-BSX) Portal site:

10. FORMS/ REPORTS. The Coast Guard forms called for in this Handbook are available on the internet at Coast Guard Auxiliary forms can be found at

11. REQUESTS FOR CHANGES. Proposed changes to this Handbook shall be submitted to the Office of Boating Safety and Auxiliary, Commandant (CG-BSX-12), via the Response Directorate, thru the requesting members Chain of Leadership and Management (COLM).

Please submit a formal request email, through your COLM to:,

Attn: CGBSX-12. CG-BSX has ultimate approval authority.

T. P. Glendye Captain, U.S. Coast Guard Chief, Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety