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Deadliest Catch?

This is a post where I feel compelled to put the disclaimer right up front:  The views and opinions expressed by the author are not necessarily those of the Department of Homeland Security or the United States Coast Guard. (There - now that we've got that out of the way....) Alright gang, I've officially had [...]

By |August 23rd, 2012|Boating Safety, Coast Guard, SAR, Survival|8 Comments

Ο πνιγμός δε μοιάζει με πνιγμό

Translations: - Norsk 汉语 - tiếng Việt - Español - Italiano -  Français - Magyar -  Português - română - Deutsch - Suomi - Svenska -  Čeština - Русско -Íslenska - Nederlands - Audio Version Ο καινούριος καπετάνιος πήδηξε από το κατάστρωμα με τα ρούχα και άρχισε να κολυμπάει με ταχύτητα. Πρώην ναυαγοσώστης, κρατούσε τα μάτια του πάνω στο θύμα καθώς κατευθυνόταν προς το ζευγάρι που κολυμπούσε μεταξύ του αγκυροβολημένου σκάφους και της παραλίας. «Νομίζω ότι νομίζει ότι πνίγεσαι» είπε ο άντρας στη σύζυγό του. Λίγο [...]

By |July 22nd, 2012|Boating Safety, Water Safety|1 Comment

Is Parasailing Safe?

I’ve never done it, but it was on my list.  Parasailing; it just looks like fun, doesn’t it?  After spending most of my life evaluating what is safe or going after people who weren’t, hanging from a parachute high above the water seemed like a great way to have fun. The view has to be awesome; they make you wear a life jacket so that is covered; and you’re in a parachute for goodness sake.  If anything happens, you just float down to the water and wait for them to pick you up, right?  Well, maybe…but that depends…on a lot. Since 2006, in the U.S. alone, there have been 8 deaths and 38 injuries associated with para-sailing. Personally, I blame the name; “Parasailing” – it even sounds soft…sailing and parachuting, gliding through the air, adrift.  But that is not what is happening. At the most basic level, parasailing is strapping yourself to a massive object (the chute) that harnesses the power of the wind to pull you in one direction, while an engine with hundreds of horsepower tries to pull you in the opposite direction.  Now – being the”Pivot-point-in-a-high-intesnity-high-altitude-tug-of-war” doesn’t sound as nice as going parasailing, so they don’t call it that; but that is what it is.  There is an engine trying to pull you one way while mother nature fights to pull you the other way while tied together with a relatively thin line. Most cases of injury or death associated with parasailing occur when the towline breaks.  In a Marine Safety Alert released last year, the U.S. Coast Guard stated “Failures occur significantly below the rated towline strengths due to a variety of reasons that may include cyclic loading, long term exposure to environmental elements, the presence of knots, and overloading.”  As wind speeds double, the load on the line can quadruple and these lines are exposed to saltwater and sunlight which weaken them a little with every use. […]

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By |May 25th, 2012|Boating Safety, Opinion, Water Safety|16 Comments

Top Ten Coast Guard Rescue Videos

By |January 28th, 2012|Boating Safety, Coast Guard, Survival|2 Comments

Thinking About It All Wrong

The image above is from a YouTube video posted in 2009 - a sort of warning to boaters about the benefits of safety gear like life jackets and kill switches. I'm posting it here as a warning about how wrong some people are about what is safe and what isn't. Our man, Greg - the [...]

By |December 11th, 2011|Boating Safety, Opinion, Survival, Water Safety|9 Comments

Self Rescue – Falling Through Ice

In 2002, my friend and mentor (and maniac) Dr. Gordon Geisbrecht fell - on purpose - through the ice on a frozen lake. He wanted to demonstrate just how those who fall through the ice can survive and help themselves.  Advice is also given to amateur and professional rescuers.  I ran across the video on [...]

By |December 10th, 2011|Boating Safety, Risk, Survival, Water Safety|0 Comments

This Much

I simply thought this quick video on drowning prevention out of Sydney Australia was worth sharing. Please like it, share it, email - or just plain remember it yourself when caring for small children. ~ Mario

By |November 29th, 2011|Boating Safety|2 Comments

All Available Boats – Mariners on 9-11-2001

By |September 12th, 2011|Boating Safety, Leadership, Risk|0 Comments

Video of Instinctive Drowning Response

By |July 28th, 2011|Boating Safety, Water Safety|77 Comments

Ertrinken sieht nicht aus wie Ertrinken!

Translations: - English -  汉语 - tiếng Việt - Español - Italiano -  Français - Português - română  - Suomi - Svenska -  Čeština - Русско -Íslenska - Audio Version Als der Kapitän voll bekleidet von Board sprang und durch das Wasser lief, irritierte er die anderen Badegäste, die im Wasser schwammen. “Nicht, dass er [...]

By |May 27th, 2011|Boating Safety|7 Comments