Petty Officer 1st Class Krystyna Duffy, a boatswain's mate assigned to Coast Guard Station Golden Gate in San Francisco, drives a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat near the Golden Gate Bridge, Feb. 8, 2018. In March, Duffy became the fourth active female surfman in the Coast Guard, earning the highest rank in Coast Guard boat operation and a title which dates back more than 200 years to the U.S. Life-Saving Service. U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: BM1 Krystyna Duffy – the fourth active female surfman

Petty Officer 1st Class Krystyna Duffy pursued her dream to become a Coast Guard surfman her entire career. Duffy had to rely on her network and community of people who care and were willing to stand for her to help her achieve her dream. She is now the fourth active female surfman in the Coast Guard.


Motor lifeboat

Not just a surfman’s world

Just like any position in the U.S. Coast Guard, women can serve – and surf – as surfman. As the nation reflects on the role women have played in forming our great nation, Compass traveled to the National Motor Life Boat School in Ilwaco, Wash., to hear from women surfman on how they came to be elite boat drivers.