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.