Posts Tagged ‘Coast Guard’

National Safe Boating Week: Choosing The Right Life Jacket

It’s not enough to have the life jacket.  You need to make sure you have the right life jacket for your size, your activities, and the water conditions you might be encountering. The Safe Boating Council has these guidelines: Try It On Check the manufacturer’s ratings for your size and weight. Make sure the life…

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National Safe Boating Week: The Statistics

Why is Safe Boating Week important?  Here are the statistics from the Safe Boating Council. All figures are from the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2012 Recreational Boating Safety Statistics, the latest official record of reported recreational boating accidents. The full report is available online at: www.USCGBoating.org/statistics/accident_statistics.aspx. Drowning was reported as the cause of death in almost…

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National Safe Boating Week: Wear Your Life Jacket

I’m going to talk about statistics later in the week, but I wanted to start with the most important safety advice for boating: WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in almost three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2012 and that 85 percent of those…

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First Summer Drowning Of The Year?

I’m in the process of getting organized to help teach a bunch of Boy Scouts about water safety for their swimming merit badge class.  And it appears that the lessons are as important as ever. It’s not even mid-May yet, and Austin has apparently had its first summer drowning.  Earlier this week a 28 year…

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