Paddling

Paddle Smart: A call to action

Despite the cold winds and snow that has been sweeping through many parts of the country, many outdoor enthusiasts are out enjoying our nation’s beauty. One of these enthusiasts is Justin Chase. Chase knows it takes a community of educated, prepared boaters to stay safe and have fun while out on the water.


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Shipmate of the Week – James Muldoon

What group impacts more than 73 million boaters nationwide? The National Boating Safety Advisory Council. The National Boating Safety Advisory Council is a civilian advisory board comprised of 21 members with expertise, knowledge and experience in recreational boating safety. Mandated by the Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971, the council provides broad-based input to the Coast Guard on recreational boating safety issues.


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.

Top boating safety gifts for Cyber Monday

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 […]


Winterization 101

Sadly, summer is over and freezing temperatures are right around the corner. Freezing temperatures for boat owners means time for winterization! Even if you are in a region that is more temperate, winterizing your boat is important and fall is the perfect time to take the proper steps.


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Float plans: Safety can’t get any easier

I want to tell you about the most useful safety device available today. When you’re going through your underway checklist, this item should be the first and last thing you mark off. It’s simple and it’s free. It’s called a float plan. Essentially, it’s a “who, what, where and when” of your boat trip.


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Radio check

Knowing how to reach the Coast Guard in an emergency is an important step in getting help quickly. Dialing 9-1-1 may be the best for an emergency on land, but not on the water. Boaters should use marine two-way radios, not cell phones. These broadcast radios allow everyone to listen; whereas a phone call only goes to the number dialed.


Rip tips

Sunny days, fresh water, sandy beaches; all of these could be used to describe summer on the water. It’s the time of year when the snowsuits go into storage and the swimsuits come out. Every year, however, rip currents continue to claim lives on America’s beaches.


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National Safe Boating Week 2013

National Safe Boating Week 2013 is here! It is no coincidence this week, focused on educating boaters about the latest safe boating practices, takes place in the days leading up to Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the recreational boating season. Many Americans will be visiting our nation’s lakes, rivers and coasts for the first time in months and should keep safety at the forefront of their plans.


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Shipmate of the Week – Belinda Ellis

Situated along the Oregon coast, just off Highway 101, is the unassuming Siletz Moorage. People travel to Siletz Bay from all over for a day of fishing for Chinook salmon or crabbing; in fact, Siletz boasts “the best crabbing on the Oregon coast.” But due to the quick thinking of Belinda Ellis, one of the moorage managers, Siletz is now home to lifesavers.


Ice rescue training

ICE: Intelligence, clothing, equipment

Many recreational boaters in colder parts of the country have put their boats away until spring, but scores of boaters still rely on their vessels for hunting, fishing and transportation. Once familiar lakes or rivers can freeze over and become unpredictable and dangerous. Ice is an ever-changing surface, and the fluctuating weather conditions affect the ice’s stability.


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