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Our Fathers Are Drowning

By |March 28th, 2017|

So much of drowning prevention is focused on children, and it should be. Well over six-hundred children under the age of 15 drown in the United States each year and it is a tragedy that [...]

When All Else Fails: Broken Cables, Lost Hooks, and Options

By |January 30th, 2016|

Though the mission had started out easy enough, three hours later it was the single worst moment of my life and by far my worst day in a helicopter. We were 240 miles offshore. It [...]

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

By |June 30th, 2015|

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 [...]

ISLA Awarded Presidential Service Award

By |November 14th, 2014|

Expecting the Unexpected

By |September 4th, 2014|

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 – [...]

Are You Missing Something?

By |July 5th, 2014|

You've been sailing for years and planning this next trip for months. You've created the perfect sail plan, stocked the galley, the weather is shaping up perfectly and the boat has been checked and rechecked. [...]

Dangerous Drains – A Quick and Valuable Lesson

By |July 5th, 2014|

Do you have a backyard pool or spa? Laws exist that make anti-entrapment drains a requirement in commercial pools and spas, but YOU have to check your own back yard to be sure. Before you [...]

Cold Water Recovery – Safer Option

By |November 24th, 2013|

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued two teenage boys Sunday after the teens' 16-foot Jon boat became disabled and started taking on water in Currituck Sound, N.C., near aids to navigation marker 99. Currituck [...]

Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School – MSNBC Report

By |June 16th, 2013|

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Dangerous Distance

By |May 31st, 2013|

Boating is about getting away from it all, but if you don't consider all of the things you are getting away from - like hospitals - you can wish you were back in civilization pretty quick.  In [...]