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 […]

Safety on the Ice – Barely and Very Carefully

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Here’s how the story goes. In the dead of winter, two duck hunters and their trusty hunting dog drive their brand new Range Rover out on to the ice of (choose: _______ [a] Moriches Bay, [b] Shinnecock Bay, [c] Great South Bay, [d] Narrow Bay, [e] body of water of your choice) and, seeing that […]

USCG Auxiliarists help the disabled in South Florida

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Recreational boating should be an activity that everyone can enjoy. But there are times when obstacles get in the way of a person’s chance to enjoy some time afloat. One of those obstacles can be a physical limitation caused by illness, or a disabling wound suffered in combat, that leaves a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Social Media at the Boat Launch

Monday, April 23, 2012

It was a brisk spring morning, with overcast skies, a scent of low tide, and a hint of Social Media?  No kidding, this is absolutely true.  At Gateway National Recreation Area, Great Kills Park, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary unveiled a new sign at the boat launch ramp that not only advertises Boating Safety Classes […]