Boating Safety Is For Life

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Boating Safety News

Happy New Year

Water Wise, the Alaska boating safety course for recreational boaters, is free for all Alaskans and fulfills most states' safety education requirements.

The standard is freely available for voluntary application by organizations providing recreational boating safety instructional programs. Also under 
The U.S. Coast Guard’s National On-Water Standards (NOWS) grant management team and American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has approved the publication EDU-1 On-Water Power Standard, which is the first of three proposed skills-based American National Standards (ANS) for On-Water instruction in recreational boating safety - See more at:
A panel of 11 distinguished national boating leaders that serve as a ... fees, uniform titling bills, boating safety education requirements and anchoring 

The fund, originally the Wallop/Breaux Trust Fund, serves as the backbone of boating safety, infrastructure, clean water and fisheries conservation ...
Through the foundation, they promote boating safety courses, awareness of emergency locator devices and legislation to give discounts to boaters on ...



Juan Villanueva, commanding officer of Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D, announces several boating safety certification courses are being .
Flotilla 24-03, the Milford unit of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, will offer its course, About Boating Safety, on Jan. 23. Successful completion of the course ...
LAKE HOPATCONG — There will be a boating safety course on Jan. 17 to obtain the NJ Boating Safety Certificate, required to operate a power boat ...
The U.S. Coast Guard’s National On-Water Standards (NOWS) grant management team and American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has approved the publication EDU-1 On-Water Power Standard, which is the first of three proposed skills-based American National Standards (ANS) for On-Water instruction in recreational boating safety - See more at:
The U.S. Coast Guard’s National On-Water Standards (NOWS) grant management team and American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has approved the publication EDU-1 On-Water Power Standard, which is the first of three proposed skills-based American National Standards (ANS) for On-Water instruction in recreational boating safety - See more at:

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Boating Safety News

Oh, some boats may get a “courtesy” safety inspection by the local Parks & Wildlife ... This hardly makes someone qualified to operate a boat safely.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Boating Safety News

Coast Guard winds down Differential GPS

 First deployed in 1999, the Differential Global Positioning Systems (DGPS) correct for slight discrepancies between signals from GPS satellites and actual ground locations. Subsequent enhancements in GPS capabilities have since rendered the corrections unnecessary, the Coast Guard said, as DGPS has narrowed accuracy from 40 meters to the present 7.8 meters as estimated by the official website.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Boating Safety News

Popular boating safety campaign hits communities
Coastguard is excited to announce the re-launch of the 'Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade', a popular and highly successful boating safety initiative.
Tragic disappearance highlights need to wear lifejackets
The Safer Boating Forum was established in 2000 to coordinate and implement recreational boating safety initiatives. It is made up of government ...
  Mice can cause major damage if they get at a boat's wiring
Secondly, the plastic tarp on our boat stayed on last week despite 60 ... And thirdly, the formerly annual boat show at the River Center in downtown ...
  Over 1000 children to learn safe open water swimming
National Swim Safety Week, which begins on Monday, aims to raise ... “We'll put the blow up boats in so they'll simulate falling out of the boat and ...
  Small craft operators urged to practice safety at sea
Small craft operators urged to practice safety at sea ... dinghies are being reminded of the importance of proper boating and marine safety practices.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Boating Safety News

  Proof That Flotation Works.
 Divers Rescued

 Safety tips when duck hunting by boat
It is critically important that they have all of the safety equipment that a boating outing requires. In addition having safety gear, it is critical to consider ...
  Private boat drivers to be licensed
“My concern is operational safety. If you are buying a boat that size you should go to the Port Authority and do a simple course, on who has right of ..
  Installing a boat heater
Graham Snook finds out how the professionals go about installing a boat heater ... Winter is an ideal time to have a boat heater installed. ... reason to get a professional, approved by your heater's manufacturer, to install it for you.
  Marine safety plans should be mandatory: investigator
The recent capsizing of whale-watching boat in Tofino highlights the need for the federal government to require safety-management systems for all ...

Battle Creek Enquirer
Rob Dingman: Ethanol blends ravage boat, bike engines
To prevent ethanol problems over the winter, boats with built-in gas tanks ... And using E15 inmany vehicles on the road today will void manufacturer ...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Boating Safety News

This is a repost of two posts  I made on Carbon Monoxide poisoning.  I think it needs to be said again:

New Boatbuilders on Carbon Monoxide.   It's that time of the year when people start thinking about getting out on the boat, enjoying the sunshine and the water. Soon it will be warming up and the hot summer days will be upon us.  This also means air conditioning, and running generators.  Running the generator produces carbon monoxide.  This is unfortunately something few people think about when out boating, especially on a nice sunny day, or when you are out waterskiing or wakeboarding.

There are a few deaths each year from carbon monoxide and houseboats, particularly rental houseboats, which seem to get all the press when this happens, but it can happen on any boat powered by an internal combustion engine.

A quick list of things to be aware of.

Gasoline engines produce lots of Carbon Monoxide, especially if they are older or out of tune. Keep them tuned up and make sure they are getting adequate air to run correctly.

Carbon Monoxide is odorless and colorless so you don't know when it is present. Install a detector with an alarm.

CO poisoning can happen on open boats, sailboats and enclosed cabin boats; in plain words on almost any boat with an internal combustion engine or other device that creates CO.

Carbon monoxide can cause death or severe brain damage.

Some things to do.

Do shut off the engine when you aren't actually using it.  This reduces fuel consumption and carbon monoxide.

Do buy a marine carbon monoxide detector and install it on your boat.

Read the warning labels on your boat or in the owners manual.

Become familiar with the symptoms.  They are very much like sea sickness, so be cautious.

Ventilate the interior of your boat well, especially when running downwind or when running air conditioning.


Don't teak surf (holding onto the swim platform while being towed behind the boat) this can be deadly.  Also towing skiers or wakeboards on a short towline has resulted in CO poisoning.

Don't run the engine while picking up skiers or wakeboarders. There is not only a danger of CO poisoning there is the danger of them being hit by the prop.

Don't sit or lie down on the swim platform while the engine is running.

Some boats have a sunbathing area on top of the engine hatch. Don't use it when the engine is running.

Don't dive or swim under the swim platform on large boats or houseboats.  Exhaust gets trapped there and the amount of CO is deadly.

Don't run your Air Condtioning at night while sleeping, or heaters that use up oxygen.  If it is so cold or hot that you have to heat or cool make sure the boat is well venitlated and you have a CO alarm.  (this is a big cause of CO deaths on boats.)

This is just the beginning.  Do some research on the internet. Google carbon monoxide and you will get thousands of hits.  Narrow it by adding the keyword boat.  Here are some links on CO

New Boat Builders on Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide Kills  
USCG On Carbon Monoxide
Carbon Monoxide Warning Pamphlet - NMMA USCG & ABYC

Houseboat-Associated Carbon Monoxide Poisonings on Lake Powell --- Arizona and Utah, 2000 : Center for Disease Control
Carbon Monoxide Pamphlet Boating Sidekicks
Carbon Monoxide Alert David Pascoe-Yacht

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Carbon Monoxide


Carbon monoxide suspected in deaths
Put safety first in finding ways to stay warm, officials plead

Casualties from Tuesday's massive ice storm continued to climb across Kentucky yesterday, as six people died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning -- including three found dead at their western Louisville home with a generator running in the garage.
Last night, Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Jack Arnold identified the victims as William Matthews, 62, his wife, Beverly Matthews, 54, and their adopted daughter, Mona Stephens, 46.

Be careful. Carbon Monoxide is not just a threat on boats. Anywhere that exhaust fumes can be confined, there is a threat of CO accumulating and killing the occupants.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Boating Safety News

Water Police urge safety and caution on Victorian waterways as temperatures rise
He also urged boating enthusiasts to ensure all their safety gear was on board and in working order, to carry a fully charged mobile phone on board, .

  Falling overboard can be deadly
Boating safety is no accident. To further develop your boating knowledge, proficiency and confidence take America's Boating Course offered by the ...
  Joint state-wide safety operation launched as boating season officially opens
NSW Police Force, Roads and Maritime Services, and NSW Crime Stoppers have launched a state-wide safety compliance operation as the boating ...
  Safety not just a slogan: Be prepared on the water
“It is really important that people are able to help and that means having some knowledge of boating safety. I want to make people aware of the ...
  Majority of boaters take the safe option
The first NSW statewide boating safety operation of 2015-16 has revealed that the wearing of lifejackets is still the number one safety issue for boaters.
  Product Review: US Coast Guard Mobile App The app's intent is to provide a single-source of boating safety information, and that it does well. There are icons providing access to menus for State ..
  Gas safety engineer's dodgy work killed family, court told A GAS safety engineer fitted a dodgy power supply in a boat which ... Boat owner Matthew Eteson, 42, installed the petrol-driven system on board his
  Coast Guard urging boaters to be cautious as it gets colder
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard is reminding fishermen, boaters and paddlers around New York to be extra careful as the air and water ...
  Injury count up to 12 after boat explosion in Havasu's Bridgewater Channel
In a heroic effort, Jason Montgomery, who was on a neighboring boat, ... Also the safety crew from the jet ski show came in on a Sea-Doo came and .
. Panel talks ways to improve boater safety
Maria L. Sachs conducted a forum on how to improve boating safety ... Panelists said every boat is supposed to have flares and fire extinguishers.
. Governor signs Frazier legislation to improve boat, waterway safety “This bill was supported by a broad coalition of boaters, boating safety officers and the State Lands Commission, because it was clear that we need an ..
  Cause of death of 8-year-old Edina girl: carbon monoxide poisoning
On Lake Minnetonka, the Minnetonka Power Squadron hosts public boating safety classes that include how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Boating Safety News

Do you have the right to boat while drunk?
... on Saylorville Lake that year, The Des Moines Register archives show. ... water can be more dangerous for boat drivers and passengers, she wrote.

And the answer is........NO!


  Malloy to sign Emily's Law on Friday

... she was being towed on a raft by a boat operated by one of her friends. ... and require any boat operator to complete a safety course on safe towing.
Best safety strategy in water is supervising children If you plan to spend time on a boat, a boating safety course is recommend. Also teach children not to go near the water without an adult, and choose .

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Boating Safety News

Boating Safety for Year-Round Boaters
RICHLAND COUNTY (WOLO)-- Just because Monday marks the official end of boating season doesn't mean the end of boating on Lake Murray.
  Coast Guard developing Recreational Boating Accident Reporting Manual The U.S. Coast Guard is accepting public comment through Nov. 19 as part of its Recreational Boating Accident Reporting Manual update. Photo by .
  Boater Safety Course Set For Oct. 10
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A boater safety certification course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the Troop F ...
Coastguard urges boat owners to carry distress beacons in wake of Kilmore tragedy
The Coast Guard is advising anyone putting to sea in a small boat to take distress beacons with them which can be activated in an emergency.
  Whitman County Sheriff's Office to conduct boat education class set in Colfax this week
The course will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in room A in the Whitman County Public Service Building, 310 Main St., Colfax.
  Boating safety class scheduled
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary plans an “About Boating Safety Class” 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 at Ben Franklin Transit, 1000 Columbia Park Trail, ...
BoatUS life jacket design competition winners announced Sponsored by the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water and the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA), ..

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Boating Safety News

  Feds add charges to man who allegedly shot at Coast Guard crew

A Key Largo liveaboard accused of firing gunshots at a U.S. Coast Guard crew now faces state and federal charges that could lead to 20 years in ...
  Phony distress call to Coast Guard leads to 1-year prison sentence
PORTLAND (AP) — A Maine man whose phony mayday call led to a seven-hour search by the U.S. Coast Guard was sentenced Thursday to a year in ...

Safety precautions for taking your pet on board a boat
It is summer and hot, which makes it perfect weather for boating. What safety precautions should you do if you take your pet on board a boat?
  Safety Tips for Stand-up Paddlers When Boats Are Around
When is a paddleboard a boat? According to the US Coast Guard an SUP is considered a “vessel,” so it's important to understand certain boating ...
USCG Plans to Up Passenger Boat Enforcement
... public to check safety requirements before paying for any boating services. ... Whenever a passenger pays to be on board a boat someone else is ..
  Labor Day is not the end of boating season: Boat Safe, Boat Smart, wear a life jacket
Much like a helmet is to a biker or skate boarder, life jackets are an essential part of your boating safety equipment and should be worn at all times ...

Inattention is the leading cause of boat accidents
That allows for even the more experienced boaters to get a refresher course on the latest boating laws and safety standards while their children can ...
  PUBLIC SAFETY NOTEBOOK Wear lifejackets, check forecast, plan ahead to stay safe on the water
I was recently invited to take a boat ride with members of the Newport News Fire Department's Marine Incident Response Team. I took them up on the ...

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Boating Safety News

Boating safety tips from the U.S. Coast Guard
“It's the common stuff boating safety. Just want to make sure you have life jackets on the boat for everybody on board. Kids under 14 should be ...
Brewer: Boating safety is a must
Wayne Brewer is the president of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association. His outdoor column is published the first Sunday of each month in ...
  Interest in boating classes rises after disappearance of two Tequesta teens
The disappearance of two Tequesta boys boating near the Jupiter Inlet has many ... Before Austin and Perry's boat capsized waters were rough. ... right now and that's one of the reasons I wanted my kids to do the safety class.".
Photo of children on boat raises safety concerns The photo shows five small children sitting on the bow of a speed boat. They are not in proper seats and are dangling their legs over the edge of the ..
  Operator attention is key to boating safety
PHOENIX — Arizona waterways are teeming with activity and the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds all boaters to ensure a safe boating ...
  Be serious on boat safety: take beacon, life jackets
THE weekend boating tragedy in which a man drowned after a fishing mishap off Moreton Island is a reminder of how quickly a day on the ocean can ...
  Boating safety top concern for rescue squads
The deaths of a father and son who fell into Lake Guntersville after their canoe capsized have put a spotlight back on the importance of boating safety ... 
  Red Cross to host safety workshop at Gander Lake
Boating safety officers with the Canadian Red Cross will be hosting an event on Gander Lake on Aug. 20 in partnership with the Qalipu Mi'kmaq Band.