A Coast Guard petty officer and a civilian pose for a staged photo of someone being arrested for boating under the influence. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in boater deaths. Be part of Operation Dry Water by making a pledge to never boat under the influence. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin)

Boat safe, boat sober: Designate a sober skipper

Boating under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs continues to be the primary contributing factor in fatal boating accidents where the primary cause was known. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 91 boating fatalities and 228 boating injuries in 2015.

Get your free vessel safety check today!

Vessel Safety Checks: Are you in compliance?

Getting a free vessel safety check ensures you are better prepared if something goes wrong while you’re out on the water and could save your life. The free VSC is performed at your boat – whether in a slip, at the launch ramp, or in your driveway – by a certified vessel examiner, at a mutually-convenient time, and usually takes 30 to 45 minutes, depending upon the size of your boat.

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Life jacket wear: Live to love another day

A life jacket buys you time to catch your breath when you fall in the water. It buys you time to try to rescue yourself and get back on your boat or personal watercraft. Wear your life jacket and live to love them another day.

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley salutes as the ship is brought to life during its commissioning at Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico May 20, 2016. The Donald Horsley is the Coast Guard's 17th Sentinel Class fast response cutter and the fifth of its kind to be homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ricardo Castrodad.

Welcome to the fleet, Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley!

With a max speed of more than 28 knots and a range of nearly 3,000 nautical miles, the Coast Guard’s fast response cutters are crucial to curbing illegal maritime activity. The Coast Guard welcomed the 17th fast response cutter, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley, to the fleet in the cutter’s new home port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 20, 2016.

Own the plank graphic by U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen

National Coast Guard Museum offers plank ownership

Being named a plankowner in the nautical realm means you are part of a ship’s original crew, serving during the building process and commissioning, bringing it into active service to the nation. The National Coast Guard Museum, which aims to respect the past, engage the present and look to the future, is respecting the past by creating an original plankowner certificate for its supporters.

Point Loma Lighthouse

Legacy of Light: Point Loma Light guides American forces home

First lit in 1855, the Point Loma Lighthouse helped to guide the rise of San Diego from a sleepy fishing village to a bustling military port. U.S. Coast Guard aids to navigation, like the Point Loma Lighthouse, have helped to enable San Diego’s meteoric rise.

Griffons and Pipers and Dolphins, oh my!

Shutter Shootout 2016: Photo of the Year!

After hundreds of thousands of your votes on our Facebook page, we are proud to announce “Wildlife Control” has won Shutter Shootout 2016. “Wildlife Control” features Piper, the wildlife control canine at the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Mich. Piper keeps the airport clear of pests so aircrews, such as the ones featured in the winning photo from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City and the Royal Canadian Air Force, can safely transit the area.

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Shutter Shootout 2016: Finals

It’s Dog versus Eagle in this head-to-head 2016 Shutter Shootout championship round! Which will be crowned the winner? We need our fans to decide! Go to the official Coast Guard Facebook page and VOTE!

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Shutter Shootout 2016: Final Four

We’ve made it to the final four and your winners from each division have been chosen! Still in the competition is a pup keeping guard of an airport, a photo fit for a stamp, a cutter steaming with pride and a son happy to have his daddy home. Now it’s your turn to find out who goes to the finals of “Shutter Shootout” – your chance to select the Coast Guard photo of the year.

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Shutter Shootout 2016: Elite 8

We’ve reached the Elite 8 in the 2016 Shutter Shootout competition! Did your favorite photo make it?

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