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.


Boating under the influence

All washed up: The dangers of BUI

Last year alone, there were more than 70 deaths and 180 injuries that were directly attributed to the use of alcohol while boating. These staggering statistics make alcohol use the leading contributing factor to fatalities on the water. In fact, alcohol is involved in about one-third of all recreational boating accidents.


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.


Traveling Inspectors

Traveling inspectors: 100 years of expertise

July 16 marked the 100th anniversary of the traveling inspection staff, originally created under the Steamboat Inspection Service. These travelers are highly experienced marine inspectors and investigators that help to measure the effectiveness of existing programs and policies.


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.


San Luis Pass

Swim somewhere else

All across the United States, there are beaches notorious for strong rip currents and other hazardous swimming conditions. Down in central Texas, one place in particular provides a constant and dangerous challenge for the area rescue services – San Luis Pass. Coast Guard crews from Air Station Houston recently conducted rescue training in the area to acclimate themselves to the treacherous conditions presented by San Luis Pass and to bring public awareness to the hazards of the area. For the crews, it was an eye-opening experience.


hurricane flood

3 hurricane preparation tips from someone who knows

This weekend marked the beginning of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts we’re in for a near-normal or below-normal hurricane season this year. As the season prepares, Greg Mason, a civilian employee was interviewed about his experience before, during and after a storm.


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