Top boating safety gifts for Cyber Monday

A handheld radio and emergency flares are some of the most effective pieces of life-saving equipment and they make an excellent holiday gift along with a properly-fitted, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen and Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica Potter.

A handheld radio and emergency flares are some of the most effective pieces of life-saving equipment and they make an excellent holiday gift along with a properly-fitted, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen and Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica Potter.

As one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, Cyber Monday is a great time to score some deals for those on your holiday gift lists, including your favorite boaters! From rescue flares to nautical charts, there are enough items to put together a great gift for any boater in your life.

“I can’t think of a better gift for the holidays than one that may save the life of a loved one,” said Cmdr. Brian Rush, chief of response at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville in the 7th Coast Guard District. “Ideally, your family will never be forced to use it. However, should an accident happen in the harsh marine environment, it will become the gift that will never be forgotten.”

Three of the top gift gift choices are also some of the most effective pieces of survival equipment:

• A properly-fitting, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket
• A handheld VH-FM marine radio
• A 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon or Personal Locator Beacon.

And don’t forget to encourage your loved one to register it!

Other gift ideas include:

• A marine GPS navigation system
• A Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher
• A first aid kit in a watertight container
• A seamanship book
• Nautical charts for the areas your favorite mariner frequents
• A signaling kit
• A life raft with a survival kit

There are also free gift options for those on a tight budget:

• Several pre-printed blank float plans ready to be filled out before the next boating trip
• A complimentary Vessel Safety Check provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary
• Enrollment in a free boating safety course

If you need a stocking stuffer idea, whistles and other sound-producing devices, signaling mirrors, flares and neatly rolled nautical charts are all ideal sizes and are items any boater could use.

The holidays are a perfect time to remind friends and family to boat responsibly, so take advantage of today’s Cyber Monday bargains and arm them with safe boating essentials. If you have any other gift ideas, leave them in the comments below!

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