About U.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan

U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet

U.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet Location: 1 mile southeast of Squan Beach;
40-06' 52"N x 74-01' 43"W in 1880; 40-07' 00"N x 74-02' 00"W in 1915; 40-06' 12"N x 74-02' 30"W.
61 Inlet Drive, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742-2642, (732) 775-5029 Map


Welcome to Station Manasquan Inlet/Shark River 


Coast Guard Station Manesquan
U.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet Location: 1 mile southeast of Squan Beach; 40-06' 12"N x 74-02' 30"W.

61 Inlet Drive, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742-2642, (732) 775-5029 Map
Guardians of Manasquan Inlet and Shark River


Brief History


With some of the most treacherous of New Jersey's coastal waterways, this central coast area suffered nearly 200 shipwrecks within a ten year period during the 1840s. 


Station Shark River
U.S. Coast Guard Station Shark River 28SEP14


Today, the crews of Coast Guard Stations Manasquan and Shark River provide assistance to boaters who have trouble navigating the strong waves and shifting sands of the inlet, the inland waterways, and Shark River. 



47' Motor Lifeboat
47' Motor Lifeboat

Missions


Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet/Shark River is manned by a crew of 30 full-time men and women, supported by Flotillas of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and they respond to about 600 search and rescue cases a year.



Manasquan Inlet
Manasquan Inlet

REPAIRS UNDERWAY AT STATION MANASQUAN

Station Manasquan Under Repair


Station Manasquan Under Repair
A major renovation of the building and docking facilities at U.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet is underway. The docks are being repaired and replaced where necessary and the historic Coast Guard Station is being restored to her former glory both inside and out.

New insulation and updated electrical systems will get the station up to code and make the facilities more energy efficient.

All the historic details of the traditional Coast Guard Station design will be kept in place and the search continues for period hardware, doors and trim for this restoration. 
  

  (Pictures courtesy of Jim Picciano)

Station Manasquan Under Repair
Station Manasquan Under Repair
Station Manasquan Under Repair

Station Manasquan Under Repair

  



USLSS
More recently known as Manasquan and located at Point Pleasant, New Jersey, this station is believed to have been built in 1856 as USLSS Station #9, Fourth District, on property conveyed in 1849, located "one mile southeast of Squan village." In the 1902 Annual Report is that statement that "under a contract entered into during the year, the old station which has become unsuitable for occupancy at Squan Beach is being replaced by a new structure."

In 1938, the Work Relief and Public Works Appropriation Act provided funds for a combination boathouse and garage, workshop, and launch way.

Squan Beach Life Saving Station
USLSS Station #9
Established in 1902, the Squan Beach Life Saving Station is located about 1000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean in Manasquan. This Duluth-style facility served to house crews and equipment used to save victims of shipwrecks off the Manasquan area coast. In 1936 the station became part of the US Coast Guard and served as the Manasquan Coast Guard Station until 1996 when it was decommissioned and later sold July 26, 2000, to the borough for $1.00

In 1936, the U.S. Coast Guard built a new station, Coast Guard Station #105, on the south side of Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. This station replaced the Manasquan, Bay Head, Mantoloking, Chadwick Beach and Toms River Stations because of its ocean access and protected mooring facilities.

The only one of those early five stations that remains in service is at Manasquan, where the old station now serves as an Electronics Shop for Coast Guard Group Sandy Hook.

In approximately 1939, a boathouse was added in Point Pleasant Beach, and in 1976, an enlisted quarters. On the exterior, Station Manasquan Inlet has retained its 1936 appearance, but once inside one will find that it’s equipment has kept up with technological advances important to it’s primary missions of search and rescue and law enforcement. Additionally, remodeling projects have kept the living areas modern and comfortable for its inhabitants.


U.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan and Boathouse
Current U.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan and Boathouse


47' MLB USCG  photo by PAC Tom Sperduto
47' MLB USCG
photo by PAC Tom Sperduto
Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet is manned by a crew of 30 men and women, and they respond to about 600 search and rescue cases a year. The station’s missions are search and rescue, enforcement of laws and treaties, and enforcing recreational boating safety.

The station’s area of responsibility is from Spring Lake N.J. to Seaside Heights up to 48 miles offshore, and from the Manasquan River entrance to Toms River N.J. and all of Barnegat Bay in that area.

The Manasquan Inlet also is the Northern terminus of the Intracoastal Waterway which means that on any summer weekend as many as 1600 boats may pass through it. In addition, The Inlet is home to a fleet of commercial fishing and charter boats that bills itself as the "Fishing Capital of the World."



USCG 44 Foot Motor Life Boat 44329
44 Foot Motor Life Boat 44329 These photos where taken in 1983 of a rescue which took place at Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey after the fishing vessel "Liberty" capsizing while trying to enter the inlet. The last photo shows the 44329 rescuing one of the crew members from the upturned hull.

 

44 Foot Motor Life Boat 44329

44 Foot Motor Life Boat 44329


Manasquan Inlet, through the 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's, had three rescue boats assigned to the station:
  1. 44 Foot MLB (Motor Life Boat) 44329 This vessel was a self-righting heavy weather boat designed to operate safely in seas up to 30 feet and winds of 50 knots. It could withstand the power of breaking surf and had the power to tow vessels up to 120 tons. It had a top speed of 12 knots and a crew of 4. It went in service in 1964.
  2. 41 Foot Utility Boat (CG 41300) This vessel was a moderate weather boat designed to operate safely in 8 to 10 foot seas. is the work horse of the modern Coast Guard. It’s top speed is 26 knots and it is manned by a crew of 3. It is outfitted with the same rescue equipment as the 44 Foot Motor Life Boat. The 41300 is the oldest 41 footer in the Coast Guard, in fact, it was the first one off the drawing board and was put in service in 1974.
  3. 22 UTL Foot Utility Boat LIGHT(CG 221543): This vessel was a light weather boat designed to operate safely in 4 foot seas. It is manned by a crew of 2 and equipped with search and rescue, dewatering, and first aid equipment. This boat was primarily used in Barnegat Bay.
41 Foot Utility Boat (CG 41300)
41 Foot Utility Boat (CG 41300)

 22 Foot UTL Utility Boat Light (CG 221543)


 22 Foot UTL Utility Boat Light (CG 221543)



USCG Station Manasquan boats


underway for training
POINT PLEASANT, N.J. (Jan. 5, 2006) A Coast Guard rescue crew from Station Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant NJ gets underway for training Jan. 05, 2006. USCG photos by PAC Tom Sperduto


Current Rescue Boats include:

47 Foot MLB (Motor Life Boat): There are two of these boats here. Newly assigned within the past 5 years. Developed in the mid 90’s to replace the 44329, they carry a crew of 4, with a top speed of 24 knots. Primary use is search and rescue. They are also used for law enforcement and coastal security. It can withstand 30 ft. surf and 50 mph winds. The boat is also self-righting, meaning when all openings are shut and the boat is rolled by a large wave, it will right itself within a minute or so.


47MLB (Motor Life Boat) off Manasquan Inlet  USCG photo by PAC Tom Sperduto
47MLB (Motor Life Boat) off Manasquan Inlet
USCG photo by PAC Tom Sperduto



25 Foot RBS (Response Boat Small): There are two of these 6 year old vessels here. This is one of the first boats to come out of the Coast Guards' deep water modernization project.” They are 25 feet long with a top speed of 44 knots, have a 3-4 member crew and can operate in 4-6 foot seas. Primary use is Maritime law enforcement, coastal security, inshore river back bay search and rescue.

25 Foot RBS (Response Boat Small)


25 Foot RBS (Response Boat Small)



Traditionally, each command of the U.S. Coast Guard is authorized to display an emblem symbolic of its origin and mission. Although a design has not been selected, Manasquan Inlet Station’s Motto is " DEMONSTRAMUS VIAM " which, when translated is " WE GUIDE THE WAY." Even with the Station’s Search and Rescue case load, and it’s ever increasing Law Enforcement responsibilities, the crew continues to live up to its motto and proud heritage.
U.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet Patch
U.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet PatchU.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet Patch



U.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet
U.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet
Location: 1 mile southeast of Squan Beach;
40-06' 52"N x 74-01' 43"W in 1880; 40-07' 00"N x 74-02' 00"W in 1915; 40-06' 12"N x 74-02' 30"W.
61 Inlet Drive, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742-2642, (732) 775-5029 Map
Flotilla 16-07, D5NR, USCG Auxiliary was established in 1958 and meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 1930 in the Sail Loft of USCG Station Manasquan Inlet, 61 Inlet Drive, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. The Sail Loft is located across from the main Coast Guard Station building. Members of Flotilla 16-07 conduct Boating Safety Classes for the public, Free Vessel Safety Examinations of recreational vessels (VSCs), Maritime Observation Missions (MOM), Search and Rescue Missions (SAR), and Marine Dealer Visits (MDVs). Flotilla 16-07 Members receive advanced training through the Auxiliary Member Training Department so they can assist and augment the Coast Guard in all missions except direct military and direct law enforcement activities.



DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM NEW YORK STATE AND NORTH
Take the Tappan Zee Bridge to the Garden State Parkway South.
Get off Garden State at Exit 98.
Follow the signs to Route 34 South.
At the first traffic circle go half around and continue on 34 South.
Continue on 34 to Route 35 South.
Take Route 35 South over the Manasquan Bridge, get in the left lane and follow the signs for The Beach and Broadway.
Take Broadway to the end at the beach and turn left follow to USCG Station Manasquan,  
61 Inlet Drive, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742-2642, (732) 775-5029 on the left. Map


DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM THE WEST

From the Trenton area, take Route 129/195 east toward the Shore Area
After approximately 39 miles, merge onto Route 34 south
Continue on Route 34 south until it becomes Route 35 south
Take Route 35 South over the Manasquan Bridge, get in the left lane and follow the signs for The Beach and Broadway.
Take Broadway to the end and turn left follow to USCG Station Manasquan  
61 Inlet Drive, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742-2642‎

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM THE SOUTH

On the west side of New Jersey take the New Jersey Tpk. to Exit 7A, Route 195 east
At this point, follow the directions from the West, above
On the east side of New Jersey take the
Garden State Pkwy north
to Exit 90 toward Brick
Merge on to Route 88 east
Take Route 88 east to Point Pleasant.
Turn left on to Richmond Ave., Route 35 north
Proceed on Route 35 north until Broadway, just before the Manasquan Bridge
Take Broadway to the end and turn left follow to USCG Station Manasquan  
61 Inlet Drive, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742-2642

Reporting Aboard

Congratulations on your orders to Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet/Shark River
 
Station Manasquan
U.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet Location: 1 mile southeast of Squan Beach; 40-06' 12"N x 74-02' 30"W.
61 Inlet Drive, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742-2642, (732) 775-5029 Map


We are pleased to have you aboard and believe you will find this assignment fulfilling both personally and professionally. Station Manasquan is located on the north end of Long Beach Island, approximately 50 driving miles north of Atlantic City. Group units along the coast from north to south include: Station Shark River,  Station Barnegat Light, Station Atlantic City, Station Cape May, ANT Cape May, USCGC Finback, USCGC Ibis and USCGC Mako. 

Manasquan Inlet
Manasquan Inlet

Coast Guard Stations Manasquan and Shark River's primary missions are Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement. In the summer season the tempo of operation increases but in the winter it slows considerably. Coast Guard Reserve and Auxiliary personnel augment both staff and operational positions at Stations Manasquan and Shark River. 

You can expect to find Point Pleasant Beach and Avon by the Sea much like other summer resort areas. A little over an hour to an hour and half away from New York City, there are a wide variety of stores as well as two malls to meet your needs. The population in many of the towns in the area average between 15,000 and 40,000, depending on the season.


Here are a few answers to some of your questions.

Q&A

What can I expect on my first day?

Personnel with orders to Station Manasquan should call the station as soon as possible and speak with the Operations Petty Officer or Executive Petty Officer. On your reporting date please report no later than 1600 in tropical blue long for summer and bravos for winter. When arriving at the station, report to the Officer of the Day.


You should have the following



  • Your Orders
  • Training Record
  • Medical Record (This might have been mailed)
  • PDR (personal data record) This might have been mailed as well.
  • A Complete Sea Bag
  • Military ID Card



What will be expected of me?

Once you have reported in you'll be given a letter of the commands qualification deadlines for crewmen which identifies what qualifications you have to reach and the deadlines for each.



Where will I live?

Housing is available onboard the unit at Station Manasquan and Station Shark River for single members or single members can request BAH. BAH is available for everyone. 

BAH Rates - Manasquan Zip Code: 08742



What are my medical options for myself and my family?

Active Duty personnel at Station Manasquan have been designated as TRICARE Prime Remote. You will fill out an application for your insurance card during check-in. There are two options to choose from for spouse/dependent medical care. They are TRICARE and Uniform Service Family Health Plan (USFHP). The following links can provide you with information for you to make a choice for what's best for your family. A link for Family dental is also provided. 

TRICARE Prime Remote
US Family Heath Plan
United Concordia

Contacts

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Contacts and Links


Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet/Shark River
61 Inlet Drive
Point Pleasant, N.J. 08742


Station Manasquan Inlet Phone Number
Station Manasquan Inlet Fax Number
Station Shark River Phone number
(732) 899-0130 (732) 899-1903 (732) 775-5029
 

Coast Guard History

Surfmen History

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Command Info


USCG Station
 Manesquan Inlet/
Shark River






 

USCG Station Manasquan/Shark River
61 Inlet drive
Point Pleasant, N.J. 08742
Unit Phone:  732-899-0130
Unit Fax:      732- 295-1903
Chris.S.Sparkman@uscg.mil


CWO Chris S. Sparkman 
 Commanding Officer
CWO Chris S. Sparkman



CWO Chris S. Sparkman 



Commanding Officer

USCG Station Manasquan / Shark River Inlet
– Present, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey



USCG Sector Boston

Aids to Navigation Officer

(4 years 1 month) Boston, Massachusetts



USCG Station Gloucester

Commanding Officer

(3 years 2 months) Gloucester, Massachusetts



USCG Station Depoe Bay

Officer In Charge

(4 years 1 month) Depoe Bay, Oregon



USCG Station Noyo River

Executive Petty Officer, XPO

(4 years 1 month) Fort Bragg, California



USCG Station Umpqua River

Surfman

(2 years 1 month)



USCG Station Siuslaw River

Surfman

(3 years 1 month) Florence, Oregon



USCGC SEDGE

Deck Force

(2 years 9 months)

Fifth Coast Guard District

USCG 5th District Logo


District Command Staff:





Divisions

Administration (da)

Response Division (dr)
           Incident Management Branch (drm)
           Intelligence Branch (dri)

Prevention (dp)
          Waterways Management Branch (dpw)
        
          Inspections and Investigations Branch (dpi)

Planning and Force Readiness (dx)                                                                                                            



District Telecommunications (dt)                                                                                                               



Units


Base Support Unit:
BSU Portsmouth
          Base Command Elizabeth City, NC

Sectors:
Sector Baltimore Sector Delaware Bay Sector Hampton Roads Sector North Carolina

Sector Field Offices:
Atlantic City, NJ Cape Hatteras, NC
Eastern Shore, VA

Marine Safety Units
           Wilmington, NC

Airstations:
Atlantic City, NJ Elizabeth City, NC

Boat Stations
Aids to Navigation Teams
Cutters
 
 

Coast Guard Auxiliary Units


Local Flotillas

Flotilla 16-01, Gull Island, established in 1958.  Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1945 at Ocean Fire Company #1, Arnold Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.

Flotilla 16-03, Toms River, established in 1958.  Meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 1930 at VFW Post 6063, 210 Courthouse Lane, Toms River, NJ.

Flotilla 16-05, Brick, established in 1966.  Meets the 3rd Friday of each month at 2000 at Brick Municipal Building, Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, NJ.

Flotilla 16-06, Dover-Brick, established in 1962.  Meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1930 at the Dover-Brick First Aid Squad building on Route 35 South, Normandy Beach, N.J.

Flotilla 16-07, Manasquan Inlet, established in 1958.  Meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1930 at USCG Station Manasquan Inlet, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.

Flotilla 16-08, Shark River, established in 1952.  Meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 2000 at USCG Station Shark River, Avon, NJ.

Flotilla 16-10, Metedeconk River, established in 1976.  Meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 1930 at USCG Station Manasquan Inlet, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.

Surfman Info







USCG 47ft Motorlifeboat In Station Surf Operations
47ft Motorlifeboat

WHO ARE SURFMEN?

Surfman Check Badge
USLSS Surfman Check Badge
Throughout their 44-year history, the U.S. Life Saving Service (USLSS) is credited with saving over 178,000 persons.The mainstay of the USLSS was the surfmen – men who crewed lifeboats and performed daring and often amazing rescues. The USLSS passed on its legacy of lifesaving - and its surfmen - to the United States Coast Guard in 1915. Today, the title of surfman is reserved for the service’s most highly trained boat handlers. Surfmen are the only coxswains qualified to operate rescue boats in breaking surf conditions. Surf is both unpredictable and treacherous, and requires the utmost boat driving skill and mastery. 


Of the 188 boat stations currently in the Coast Guard, 21 stations are located in areas with surf conditions that require surfmen. Surfman qualification is the pinnacle of professionalism at these units.


WHO CAN BECOME A SURFMAN?

Any SNBM, BM3, BM2 or BM1 can enter training to become a surfman, but few have what it takes! The training is very demanding and can take anywhere from 1 to 6 years. Only 1 out of every 25 BM1 or BM2s will achieve qualification as surfman and become part of this elite community. Throughout their careers, Surfmen often prove to be among the service’s most outstanding achievers; currently 35% of BMCMs and 25% of BMCSs are qualified surfmen.

THE SURFMAN INSIGNIA


Surfmen are the Coast Guard’s elite boat coxswains; only they are permitted to wear the surfman insignia. The Coast Guard Surfman insignia recognizes the highest level of boat operations experience and the immense responsibility that Surfmen undertake in the performance of their duty, and embodies a strong sense of pride and history. Its design is based on the insignia of the USLSS: those who wear it wear it with pride, carrying on a tradition and honoring our legacy of lifesaving.

HOW TO BECOME A SURFMAN

If you think you have what it takes to be a surfman, enroll in the Prospective Surfman Program today! Check out the Surfman Program website maintained by the National Motor Life Boat School.


USCG Auxiliary
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary, America's Volunteer Guardians, supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service's missions. For more information about the Coast Guard Auxiliary visit http://www.cgaux.org




Contact us:
Flotilla 16-07 Hotline:732-785-2618 
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