Boaters found to be impaired while boating can expect penalties to be severe. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.

6 most common rumors about alcohol and boating

It’s nearly Friday! Getting ready to go kick back on the boat this weekend? Relax, unwind, invite some friends and have some beers, right? Think twice before you get behind the wheel of a boat while intoxicated, though.


Portrait of Bruce Johnson, a Coast Guard auxiliarist who rescued three near Baltimore

Right place, right time

“Our goal was to get them out of the channel as fast as possible. There was no way the cargo ship would have seen them. The ship was approaching at about 15-20 knots. We only had about 15 minutes to get them out of the channel before being hit.”


Five things all parents should know about water safety

“Keep an eye on your kids! You wouldn’t let your kid run around unattended in a mall parking lot, and the waters at the beach can be just as dangerous.”


Pony Swim

Ensuring public safety for a pony swim

On a sunny, summer day, the biggest event of the year in the small town of Chincoteague, Va., took place – and the Coast Guard was there to ensure public safety. Thousands of visitors watched from land, along the water’s edge, on boats and in kayaks, as some 120 ponies were herded across Assateague Channel for the 89th annual Chincoteague Pony Swim.


Coast Guard Salute

Five lessons from the Coast Guard

In your career as a leader, there will be times when others will fail you. How you handle that failure will be your greatest test. The key question is, is it you or is it them? If your people have the ability but not the willingness, they need motivation. If they simply do not have the ability, it is your job to train them. Ability is not inherent. Ability must be taught.


Coast Guard boating

#safeboatingtips

Over the past week, we have shared some important aspects to help keep you and your loved ones safe while out on the water. We asked our virtual friends and family – our followers on Twitter – to share how they stay safe on the water each and every day. Share, retweet or favorite the advice below, or share your own using #safeboatingtips. We look forward to learning how you stay safe on the water!


April Chizum

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: April Chizum

Good Samaritans play a crucially important role on the waterways. When a recreational boater needs assistance on the water, other boaters in the area can provide immediate assistance, mitigating further damage and saving lives. These good Samaritans are true heroes and often times go unnoticed.


U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Childhood obesity means fewer recruits

Department of Defense statistics show that 71 percent of 17-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. are not eligible for recruitment primarily because they are too overweight, poorly educated, or have a serious criminal record. This is a national security issue.


Roxanne Watson Heartaversary

A ‘heartaversary’

Four years ago, Roxanne Watson lay in a critical care unit, awaiting a heart transplant she never thought would come. Watson had already been told three times they had found a match. When they came to her a fourth time, she remained skeptical. To avoid getting her hopes up, she told her heart transplant coordinator to call her when they found a heart. That call came on the night of July 15, 2010.


Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur: Stay safe on the coast

With the Fourth of July holiday and warm weather upon us, the beach is a popular destination for both tourists and residents of coastal communities. However, in the midst of hurricane season, it could also become one of the most dangerous destinations. With the first named hurricane of the season, Arthur, making it’s way up the Atlantic Coast, make sure you stay up to date on the latest local weather updates as the holiday weekend progresses.


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