About Mario

MarioHSMario’s first experience with at-sea emergencies was as ship’s company aboard the USS Coral Sea, a WWII era aircraft carrier., in 1985. Joining the Coast Guard in 1991 he worked at Training Center Cape May before transferring to the Cutter Point Franklin as a helmsman and small boat coxswain. He graduated from Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School in 1994 and began his career helicopter rescue with two tours at Air Station Elizabeth City, one at Air Station New Orleans, then finally as an instructor and course developer at the Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, NC. He retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2013 following  four years as a vessel inspector and accident investigator in Norfolk, Virginia […]

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3006, 2015

BoatSafe TV – Episode #1 – Inflatable vs. Non-Inflatable: Why I’m Old School

By |June 30th, 2015|Categories: Boating Safety, BoatSafe TV, Media, Water Safety|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Four years ago I said I would start posting videos. Well, I'm starting. Below is episode #1. If you have any questions at all about anything, just ask and I'll answer it in the next [...]

1411, 2014

ISLA Awarded Presidential Service Award

By |November 14th, 2014|Categories: Water Safety|0 Comments

409, 2014

Expecting the Unexpected

By |September 4th, 2014|Categories: Boating Safety, Coast Guard, Risk, Water Safety|21 Comments

Freezing and alone, three-hundred miles at sea in the dark, rescue swimmer Mike Odom lashes his arms to his life raft. He knows he’ll be dead soon and wants us to find his body – [...]

Comprehensive experience in directing maritime operations with a focus on safety, security, and rescue operations. Adept trainer and instructor, using skills gained during career progression in the U.S. Coast Guard; decorated helicopter rescue swimmer. Solid leadership and mentoring skills with diverse technical background in safety systems and risk assessment and mitigation. Self-directed leader who can build and develop cross-functional teams and cultivate effective partnerships with all stakeholders. Committed to adding value and exceeding expectations through collaborative problem solving and disciplined decision-making. Published author and polished speaker. Recognized as the 2007 U.S. Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year. Recipient of the 2009 Alex Haley Award for Journalism.