Coast Guard boating

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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!


Partner Paddling

Paddle craft: Reduce your risks!

Last year alone, there were more than 200 deaths and injuries for paddle craft operators, a sobering statistic that shows how inattention and improper preparation can affect paddle craft operators too. If you love getting outdoors and enjoying the growing trend of paddle sports, here are some simple tips to follow to help lessen the risks associated with these craft.


Float Plan

Getting underway? Be prepared

Last year, there were nearly 5,500 boating accidents that resulted in more than 550 deaths and 2,600 injuries. Most people look at this statistic and think, ‘It will never happen to me.’ However, most of these accidents involved experienced boaters. It is important to plan for the unforeseeable. What do you really need on my boat? What do you do if you are in need of assistance?


Kayakers with life jackets

Life Jackets: Saving a life

In 2013, drowning was the number one cause of death on the water. 82 percent of those victims did not have one crucial item – a life jacket. Below, we share the story of one man who encourages all boaters to take necessary safety precautions. He thought this encouragement would one day save a life on the water – but never thought it would be his own.


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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To discuss or not discuss: Helping children prepare for hazards

There are varying opinions to the age-old question, “How much information do you give your children about a possible or pending emergency situation.” Think about how you approach “heavy” topics with your children. Do you follow the philosophy that you should withhold information, so you don’t frighten a child until they are forced to face it, or do you share information with them, so they have some advance knowledge?


PSU 301

Port Security Unit 301: Protecting the marine transportation system

Coast Guard reservists assigned to Port Security Unit 301 in Cape Cod, Mass., provided port security and communications support in Anchorage, Alaska, during the 2014 National Exercise Program’s Capstone Exercise. During the exercise, the Port of Anchorage, which processes approximately 90 percent of all cargo arriving in Alaska, was heavily damaged by the simulated earthquake and knocked out of commission.


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Ruff responder

Paws down, snout up and ready for landing; Bert, an explosive detection dog from Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Galveston, and his handler, Petty Officer 2nd Class Chandler Nuttal, approached the deck of the training boat. They hovered over it, almost effortlessly, along with a whirlwind of freezing-cold saltwater. The confidence of Nuttal and his fury friend Bert, a 5-year-old German shepherd was evident as they were lowered more than 30 feet out of a Houston-based Coast Guard rescue helicopter to the deck of the boat.


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DV: A new Coast Guard rating

Formalizing the role divers play across the service’s diverse mission sets, the Coast Guard announced the creation of the diver, or DV, rate and an associated chief warrant officer, or DIV, specialty, Jan 31, 2014. Coast Guard divers have a storied history that began in the 1940s with intelligence gathering and subsurface activities supporting the Office of Strategic Services, a predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency. They were also assigned to the Navy Yard at Washington, D.C., to support salvage operations.


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Strengthening partnerships for mission success

In the world of emergency response, one can accurately infer that strong working relationships among all involved parties are crucial to mission success. The Coast Guard, being one of the nation’s top emergency response organizations, works with local agencies throughout the country every day in search and rescue operations, law enforcement cases and even environmental protection missions to ensure the preservation of lives, protection of property and national security, and the conservation of ecosystems and endangered species.


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