Monday, January 22, 2018

Take a Beat for Boating Safety

Take a Beat for Boating Safety

September 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Ever wish for a one-stop database for boating safety, training, and awareness that combines the knowledge of multiple boating authorities and includes many helpful resources? Wish no more and start searching www.boatbeat.org to access the National Safe Boating Council, the National Administration of State Boating Law Administrators, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Rachel Johnson, the […]

Emergency Locator Beacons Provide Life Saving Communication

Emergency Locator Beacons Provide Life Saving Communication

January 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A perfect day on the water can quickly change. A boat may hit an unseen object, a wave capsizes it, a sudden storm makes navigation impossible, or equipment fails. In situations like these, communication is key. Many boaters operate in locations beyond cell phone towers and the line-of-sight capabilities of their VHF radio, so owning […]

Color and Learn!

Color and Learn!

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

There are apps for everyone and plenty of online games, but there’s still something satisfying about laying out a sheet of paper and coloring it in. We’ve compiled a list of free coloring pages for kids (and adults, too — no one is looking). The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has coloring pages on […]

Changes Are Coming to Life Jackets

Changes Are Coming to Life Jackets

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. The way life jackets are categorized is changing. The code of I – V has been used for years to label and differentiate life jacket types, but new designs are in the works. Type code labels, unique to the United States, will no longer be used. According to BoatUS, type coding confuses boaters and […]

Water Safety Smarts

Water Safety Smarts

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. Do you love to spend time out on the water? No matter how comfortable you feel out there, it is never smart to head out on a boat without knowing how to swim. We don’t want to scare anybody enough to stay inside, but many childhood deaths are due to drowning. The majority of […]

Boating Safely: It’s a Responsibility, It’s a Lifestyle

Boating Safely: It’s a Responsibility, It’s a Lifestyle

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s nothing better than a little R&R with family and friends, but it’s important to add a third R, for responsible boating. That includes wearing a life jacket, being alert and aware while on or near the water, and obeying navigation rules. According to the most recent U.S. Coast Guard report, New York had the […]

Safety Enhances Fun On The Water

Safety Enhances Fun On The Water

April 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The media usually only reports on negative boating incidents; unfortunately, tragedies will sell more newspapers than an article on the joys of boating at night. But no one should be deterred from enjoying the pastime because they think recreational boating is dangerous. It is no more hazardous than driving, thought it is different. It’s up to boat operators to recognize and understand the differences and to learn how to run boats safely and competently in that different environment.