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Greetings to all active duty, reserve, auxillary, past, present, and especially FUTURE Coasties!
For those of you who have served or are serving, I want to thank you for your service. This website is primarily designed to assist Coast Guard recruits in their quest to prepare for the challenges of Coast Guard Basic Training. It is the best, FREE online Coast Guard Boot Camp Preparation Resource! Here, you can find everything you need to help you get ready for Coast Guard Boot Camp. You can check out helpful articles on physical preparation, and mental preparation, get the best-selling Coast Guard Boot Camp Survival Guide and a Fitness Success Program geared toward your fitness level. You can even find links to other Coast Guard resources. I'm dedicated to giving you all the tools you need to help you succeed in USCG Basic Training. Please feel free to scroll down below to learn more about the specific aspects of getting ready for USCG Boot Camp.
If you have any questions about anything, please don't hesitate to contact me and I'll be glad to help you. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org (On a side note, I hate SPAM in my e-mail inbox just as much as I hate it on my plate. Long story short, your e-mail stays with me and me only.)
Enjoy the website. I hope it helps you in some way.
That's me on the left, blazing my way through the obstacle course in Coast Guard Boot Camp. As a recruit who recently returned from the Cape May Training Center, I decided that I wanted to help future Coast Guard men and women in their preparation for one of the toughest experiences of their life. To read more about me and how this website came about, please read the story behind Survive Coast Guard Boot Camp.
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The Coast Guard Boot Camp Survival Guide is your ticket to more sleep, less physical and mental punishment and overall success in Coast Guard Basic Training. I just came back from Coast Guard Boot Camp a few months ago so this information is very up-to-date and it has all the secrets they don't want you to know before you get to Cape May. Don't go into this blindly. Believe me when I tell you - it's worth knowing this stuff before you go. The extra sleep especially is worth it. I remember one night when I was so sleep deprived and exhausted that I literally started shivering and shaking in bed after lights out. Consider that I was also in above average physical condition so I was able to handle the "beatings", but lots of exercise combined with very little sleep will still take its toll on you. If you get my book though, you can seriously reduce the amount of punishment that will be handed out by your Company Commanders and get A LOT MORE SLEEP.
The Coast Guard Boot Camp Survival Guide is divided up into 20 Chapters. Most chapters also have a Review Section and a Practice Now Section that tells you how to apply the information into your overall preparation plan.
Your Coast Guard Boot Camp experience is in your hands. It can either be painful, miserable and end with you possibly not even graduating, or it can be a challenging, rewarding life experience. The choice is yours.
It's not given. It is earned.
I know a thing or two about training people.
If you are reading this, I hope for your sake that you are NOT one of those people who thinks they are going to "get in shape at boot camp". I'm going to say this very bluntly - you ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY CANNOT show up to Coast Guard Boot Camp thinking that you will get in shape there. I have news for you, the people with that attitude won't get in shape. What they will get is injured. Injuries aren't only painful, but they also usually lead to reversions (i.e. - you will be in boot camp longer).
If your body isn't accustomed to taking the kind of pounding you will get at Cape May, and you combine that with sleep deprivation, stress, etc, then you can pretty much expect to get injured. Between the PT / IT, the obstacle course, the pugil sticks, the swimming and running, your body will be challenged. The mental part of boot camp is even more difficult than the physical part so do yourself a favor and make the physical part easy.
You can get FREE access to lots of useful information on what you need to do to get physically prepared for Coast Guard Boot Camp by reading the physical preparation articles I wrote for you. I give you the inside scoop on everything from swimming to specific advice on how to avoid beginner mistakes. You can also learn more about the FREE (for now) customized 8-week fitness success programs. Whether you are overweight or skinny, strong or weak, these plans are specifically designed to get you physically ready for the challenges of Coast Guard Basic Training. They were all written by a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and recent returnee from Coast Guard Boot Camp (me). I created 5 fitness types/profiles and wrote out specific programs for each one of them. It's like having your own personal trainer (who's been through the trenches of Cape May) walking you through what to do. The only way it could get any better is if I was to actually train you in person.
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A team of scientists from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, New London, Connecticut, is currently underway aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy for a series of technology evaluations in the Arctic. The team departed Seward, Alaska, August 8 and is currently conducting operations off the North Slope. Posted: Tue 26th of August, 2014
Anyone who meets Lt. Hillary Allegretti walks away with two distinct impressions – she loves the Coast Guard and is equally passionate about running. What baffles the mind is how she finds time to be so successful at both. When she dons her uniform, Allegretti serves as the waterways management chief and senior investigating officer for all federal marine casualties at Marine Safety Unit Cleveland. In her spare time, she is a marathoner who competes in Olympic-distance triathlons to “break the monotony of preparing for a marathon.” Posted: Fri 22nd of August, 2014
The SS Marine Electric sunk amidst a strong storm off the coast of Virginia on Feb. 12, 1983. Of the crew of 34, only three survived. In response to the sinking, the Coast Guard convened a marine board to investigate the causes surrounding the disaster. The resulting report was released 30 years ago this summer and would significantly alter the safety culture throughout the maritime community. Posted: Thu 21st of August, 2014
Born in Kazakhstan, growing up in America and now serving in the galley aboard Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton, Zelenskaya has left a lasting impression on her shipmates through her love of country, her passion for using food to knit the crew together and her "cheesy bread" recipe which is a personal favorite of Sexton's commanding officer, Lt. Kevin Connell. Posted: Wed 20th of August, 2014
Senior Chief Petty Officer Peter MacDougall recalled the dark and stormy nights he went out into, knowing his wife could hear the helicopter take off from their house, imagining the anxiety it caused her. He spoke about the close calls. He spoke about survivors he rescued from the grip of the sea, and the men and women he served alongside who made each of his 40 years of service special. Posted: Tue 19th of August, 2014
Do you have questions about how to prepare for Coast Guard Boot Camp? Feel free to ask a question or leave a comment below. If you would prefer a faster response, I recommend e-mailing me though. My e-mail address is email@example.com.
Im glad that there is this webste to go over. I know some informaton about the Coast Guard from my grandfather but i know some things may have changed but i want to be sure and be prepared and sucessful.
How many pages are in this book? Is it both text and pictures? Thanks
@Vincent - The book is delivered to you via e-mail as a pdf attachment. You can always print it out if you prefer to have a physical copy.
Tiffany - No worries Tiffany. I'm glad it can help you. Shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be glad to answer any questions you might have in more detail. The short answer is that the Coast Guard is the most selective of all the services (only 4% of applicants make it to Cape May) so yes, having experience will definitely help you. At the very least you should aim for a VERY HIGH ASVAB score and you should be able to crush your PFT.
Thanks for writing this website! I was wandering if I needed experience in enlisting for us coast guard And what should I know before applying & attending coast guard boot camp.
Awesome site, I will be buying your book when I get paid!
Just wanted to say thanks for the videos on youtube and all these articles you wrote for us future recruits. Very helpful. I'll be buying your book tomorrow when I get paid...
Is this book an online book it is it sent to you through mail?
Simply wanted to say thank you for all of your help. The Survival Guide and Fitness Success Program exceeded my expectations. I came back from boot recently and I was definitely ahead of the game. If you are reading this and you're on the fence, I promise you that the information in the book is well worth it. Thank you again.
The book was awesome and very helpful. I definitely feel READY for USCG Boot Camp. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with me and for answering my questions via e-mail. You're great!
Hey i have some questions i just bought your Ebook, leaving for boot soon.
this sounds great im going to be shipping out soon and i would love to get in touch with u for a few questions.
I graduated about a month ago (Whiskey 187!) and I have to say that your book definitely helped me A LOT. From learning how to respond correctly before they even taught us, to the rack inspection tip, to your description of what happens in the galley and everything else. I can say that I definitely had an easier time than most of my shipmates. Not to say boot camp was easy, but not being individually punished that much and the extra sleep were well worth it. Thank you.
Thank you SOOOOOOO much for writing the Coast Guard Boot Camp Survival Guide. I only have a few weeks left before I leave, but I definitely feel ready after reading and practicing the information you wrote in the Guide (and the Fitness Success Program). USCG Basic Training here I come!
Hey man, I just wanted to say thanks for putting this site together and for the books. I just graduated from USCG Boot Camp and I have to tell you that I was way ahead of the game. The rack inspection tip you gave in the book helped me out a lot and the "how to respond correctly" info gave me a BIG jumpstart over my shipmates. Thanks again man. Semper Paratus!
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