Boating Safety

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 […]

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 […]

This Much

By MarioNovember 29, 2011 Boating Safety

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

Ertrinken sieht nicht aus wie Ertrinken!

By MarioMay 27, 2011 Boating Safety

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 […]

Children on Boats are Still Children

This morning I received an email from a reader who was struggling with a boating safety question.  She and her husband enjoy the water and and they have two small children and they just couldn’t seem to get together on one issue: How much supervision is enough out there on the water?  She gave me […]

She’ll Save You

By MarioMarch 17, 2011 Coast Guard, Military, SAR

My friend, Sara Faulkner, is one of only four women currently serving as helicopter rescue swimmers in the U.S. Coast Guard. Here she is being interviewed after a rescue she was involved in late last year. Video 1 Video 2

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got – Your Radio and DSC

By MarioFebruary 27, 2011 Boating Safety, Coast Guard, SAR

If you’re out on the water and things go badly -fire, taking on water, man overboard, etc – you really need to work the problem.  Seconds may count but you also need to get on the radio and make a call.  If things go bad, really bad, you have to call “Mayday” – wait for a response […]