For Holiday Gift Giving – Think Boating Safety

Monday, December 17, 2012


Regardless of your budget there are many gifts available for the boater in your family. Photo by Auxiliarist Brad Simpson.

Puzzled about the perfect gift or stocking stuffers for the recreational boating family members and friends on your holiday gift-giving list? You can’t go wrong by thinking boating safety. The gift ideas are almost endless and many are relatively inexpensive.

Article by Auxiliarist Brad Simpson, Public Affairs Officer

For Dad, how about a rearming kit for his inflatable life jacket, or one of the new variety of flare guns with attached assortment of flares? Of course, if you can afford a more expensive gift, a marine-band VHF radio or a portable, hand-held EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) can be extremely useful while fishing or pleasure boating (be sure to register the EPIRB after purchase or rescuers may be delayed in responding).

Mom will be safe and stylish while sun bathing on the deck in a wrap-around-the-waist “belt pack lite” life jacket that won’t interfere with her sun-tan maintenance. A CO2- charged fanny pack model also is available…it’s unobtrusive yet readily accessible if the need arises.

For the kids, a new life jacket sized to your child’s weight and sporting a neoprene collar will keep them safely afloat if they happen to fall overboard.

Stocking stuffer ideas might include:

…a Coast Guard-approved fire extinguisher,

…a first aid kit in a watertight container,

…nautical charts for areas the family likes to visit,

…or a signaling kit, with a  mirror, whistle and air-horn.

If it’s been a while since your family captain has had a boating refresher course, your local Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla offers a number of inexpensive courses.

Some of the most valuable gifts don’t cost anything but a few minutes of your time. For example, you can schedule a free vessel safety check with your local Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla at a marina near you.

No matter what level of enthusiasm or how many years your family mariner has been boating, any of these items can help make boating a safer, more enjoyable experience. Consider giving the boating enthusiast in your family a lifesaving gift this holiday season.

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  1. Marshall Gautier says:

    An excellent article with great gift ideas we often do not think about.

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