FAQ Friday: What life jackets are required to be carried on my recreational boat?

Friday, May 8, 2015

What life jackets are required to be carried on my recreational boat? In general, federal law requires that you must have a Coast Guard-approved wearable, life jacket (Type I, II, or III) for each person onboard your vessel. In addition, boats greater than 16 feet in length must carry a Coast Guard-approved throwable device (Type […]

Frequently Asked Question Friday – How to Choose the Right Life Jacket?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Today’s life jackets are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. They are much thinner and more flexible than they were in past. There’s no excuse not to wear a life jacket on the water, and this handy PDF at the bottom of the post will aid you in choosing what’s right for […]

Prepare for National Safe Boating Week 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

SMITHVILLE, MO – Summer is fast approaching.  For many, that means undertaking the annual ritual of getting their boats ready for the boating season.  The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary reminds boaters it is important that we give as much thought and attention to safety precautions for ourselves and our passengers as we do in the […]


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

    Kilmarnock, Virginia.  The Virginia area is a great part of the country for boating.  Although there are a lot of cold temperatures during the winter season, there still are people on the water like commercial fisherman, recreational fishermen and even the occasional recreational boater.  On some winter days, the air temperature warms up […]

USCG and Auxiliary hold joint Open House

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Barnegat Light, NJ  – USCG Station Barnegat Light and the Auxiliary in Southern Ocean County, NJ, held their Annual Open House.  The participants included the USCG, its Auxiliary, Ocean County government, and other local groups.  The diverse attendees estimated at nearly 800 individuals, included folks of all ages from a variety of backgrounds. Article by […]

Miss St. Croix Launches Life Jacket Campaign

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Miss St. Croix is lending her voice to educate the public on one of the Coast Guard’s most important safety messages. Article by Auxiliarist Robert Fabich, Christiansted, VI Contributions by Auxiliarist Steve White, Lake Lanier, GA “WEAR IT” is a message that could save lives. The message is simple. Wearing a life jacket is essential […]

Featured Photo and the Story Behind It

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

On Saturday, June 10th, 2006, 16 individuals in four teams set off from Liberty Yacht Club, Jersey City, in the New York Harbor, in the world’s first North Atlantic Ocean Rowing Race – the Shepherds Ocean Fours Rowing Race 2006. Not only was this the first North Atlantic Ocean Rowing Race, but it was also […]

“Where is the Cold?” Unseasonal Weather for Seasonal Boaters

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

One of the primary missions of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is boating safety education and awareness.  Auxiliary boating courses are beneficial to anyone, even if you do not own a boat.  Like most New Englanders, you may be experiencing some unseasonably warm weather for this time of year, which can be creating some sense […]


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

  Mustang Survival is voluntarily recalling all model number MD2010 and MD2012 inflatable life jackets sold in the United States during 2011. To determine if you are impacted by this recall please click this link.