Coast Guard Aviation Association


The Silver Fins Association is a division of the Coast Guard Aviation Association, also the home of the Ancient Order of The Pterodactyls. Members of the Silver Fins come from the ranks of the Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Program which began in 1985, following the sinking of the Marine Electric in the Atlantic. To date there have been over 1000 graduates of the ASM / AST Rescue Swimmer School. Some started their careers at the Navy “PR” School in Lakehurst New Jersey, attended Navy Rescue Swimmer School in Pensacola, Florida. Now the Coast Guard combines AST and Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School at ATTC, Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

The USCG Silver Fins Association is a group of retired USCG Aviation Survivalman/ Survival Technicians that served as Helicopter Rescue Swimmers at Coast Guard Air Stations across the US, in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, from 1984 to present day.

We serve the active and retired USCG aircrew community with programs that range from college and trade school scholarships for their children, to referrals with travel costs to attend programs that help the individual member cope with life stresses that are complicated by service-related experience.

We are dedicated to honoring those that have gone before us, helping those that have served, and are serving now.

We are associated with the Coast Guard Aviation Association.