September 2010

Weather Checks First

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by Mario on September 30, 2010

in Boating Safety

If you only think about the weather when the National Weather Service sends a warning, you may be thinking about it too late. Small craft advisories are issued for different conditions depending on your location.  In Louisiana, for example, small craft advisories are issued when winds are expected to exceed 20 to 33 knots and/or […]

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A Plea to Texas Lawmakers

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by Mario on September 15, 2010

in Leadership,Water Safety

I received a copy of a powerful letter sent to members of the Texas State Senate and Governor Rick Perry.  The Letter is from a reader whose grandson drowned last year.  Shortly after his death, she discovered that her state is one of the few that have no residential pool safety laws regarding access, and […]

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Surfing Storm Swells

Surfing the Hurricane

by Mario on September 1, 2010

in Risk,Water Safety

As the hurricane approaches the East Coast – many parents will be hit with the question, “Surf’s up! Can I go?” It’s a tough question to say no to. The boy loves surfing and because you live where you do, waves like he sees in surfing magazines don’t exist in his world. That’s because so many Eastern beaches have to wait for hurricane force winds to drive in enough swell for truly righteous waves. But before you look into your kid’s excited eyes and say something silly like, “O.K., but be careful.” consider applying a risk practice professionals often use to make decisions about what is a good idea, and what isn’t.

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