The Importance of Life Jackets

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Boaters enjoy the feel of sun and spray. So it’s tempting to boat without wearing a life jacket – especially on nice days. But modern life jackets are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Many are thin and flexible. Some are built right into fishing vests or hunter coats. Others are […]

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Outreach Directorate

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Looking for safe boating information? We’re here for YOU…The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Outreach Directorate is dedicated to promoting safe boating on U.S. waterways by improving the knowledge, skills, and abilities of recreational boaters. Vision – The RBS Outreach Directorate is committed to an on-going reduction of boating-related accidents, deaths, and property […]

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 […]

Auxiliary “ZERO ONE” to the rescue

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Crystal River, FL – Late one Friday morning Auxiliarists Jim Simon, Don Jones and Steve Hampton were working on USCG Auxiliary Facility; “ZERO ONE”. These Auxiliarists routinely monitor the marine radio while aboard the Auxiliary vessel. Hearing someone was in distress, they quickly went to the rescue. By Auxiliarist Jodi Love, Public Affairs Officer Two […]

USCG Air Station San Francisco helicopter operations with Station Tahoe

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

There are some things we in the USCG Auxiliary like to say; one of them is that we are truly a part of Team Coast Guard. By Auxiliarist Jack Leth – Sierra Division Operations Officer Members from the USCG Auxiliary had an opportunity to participate in training with the officers and enlisted men and women […]

Situational Awareness Saves the Day

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

It was just another quiet boating day on the Siletz River in coastal Oregon in late fall, when a tragedy was narrowly averted by the quick response of one of the Siletz Moorage managers. Manager Belinda Ellis was on duty in the office when she noticed a boat getting ready to leave the dock with […]

Cold Water – The 1-10-1 Rule

Monday, January 7, 2013

I attended a presentation at an USCG Auxiliary National Training meeting called Cold Water Boot Camp, which works in cooperation with many life saving organizations, including the US Coast Guard.   I saw a good friend and fellow member of Team Coast Guard – Mario Vittone, USCG Marine Safety Specialist and former Helicopter Rescue Swimmer […]

For Holiday Gift Giving – Think Boating Safety

Monday, December 17, 2012

  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 […]

Featured Photo – Safe Boating Week in Dunkirk, NY

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Featured Photo – Auxiliary Billboard Launches National Safe Boating Week

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Coast Guard Auxiliary, Callao Virginia – “Wear It” billboard resulting from a BoatUS Foundation Grant.  Photo courtesy of USCG Auxiliary.

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