Boating Safety

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Ertrinken sieht nicht aus wie Ertrinken!

By |May 27th, 2011|

Translations: - English -  汉语 - tiếng Việt - Español - Italiano -  Français - Português - română  - Suomi - Svenska -  Čeština - Русско -Íslenska - Audio Version Als der Kapitän voll bekleidet [...]

Children on Boats are Still Children

By |April 24th, 2011|

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 permission to post her question and my answer to her here. What do you think? Your comments would be appreciated. Here is the email and my answer:     Hey Mario – Given your area of expertise, I was hoping you could provide an opinion on a boating matter to help settle a family discussion. Here goes – Do you think it is wise for an adult to boat alone with two 2-year-olds. They would be on a standard pontoon boat that has seating around the entire front and 36″ guard rail where there isn’t seating. The little ones would obviously be in life vests. The adult would not be wearing a life vest (but there would be an available life vest for him on the boat). Thoughts? Thanks for your input! I didn’t know who to ask and you came to mind!! If you are celebrating Easter – Happy Easter! A Concerned Mom Never shrinking from getting into the middle of a family …discussion…I replied. Dear Concerned Mom: There are a huge number of variables to consider and I thought about getting into all of them but I’ll just tell you my initial gut reaction and why I had it: […]

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She’ll Save You

By |March 17th, 2011|

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 [...]

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

By |February 27th, 2011|

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 – pass all sorts of information about your position and how many people are on board and what your problem is, etc., but while your doing that you still have this problem to handle.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could just push a button and send out the information about your vessel and what your problem is – to everyone – and get back to trying to save your boat (and your life)? What you you pay for a button like that?  If there was just some system – like the alarm system in your house – where you could automatically call for help and the people you need would instantly know everything about your boat, where it is, what your emergency is, and then send help whether you can talk or not; wouldn’t that be something worth paying for? […]

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Two is One – One is None

By |December 13th, 2010|

My older brother and I have this thing about phone tag.  It takes four calls and three messages (typically laugh-out-loud funny messages) before one of us is not too busy to answer.  So I was really [...]

Staying Alive in Cold Water (1-10-1)

By |October 24th, 2010|

I couldn’t feel my hands anymore and using them was impossible. The shivering was uncontrollable and violent. “That’s a good sign,” I thought to myself. I remembered from my studies of hypothermia that shivering stops before you lose consciousness. “If I’m still shivering than I’ll live for a while longer”, I reasoned. But mostly I was wondering about how I got myself into that mess.

The Truth About Cold Water

By |October 21st, 2010|

I’m going to come right out and tell you something that almost no one in the maritime industry understands. That includes mariners, executives, managers, insurers, dock workers, for certain – fisherman, and even many (most) [...]

Weather Checks First

By |September 30th, 2010|

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.  [...]

El que se Ahoga no parece Ahogarse

By |August 29th, 2010|

Translations: – English -  汉语 - tiếng Việt – Italiano -  Français – Português – română – Deutsch – Suomi – Svenska -  Čeština – Русско -Íslenska – Nederlands – Audio Version (Notes: Spanish translation revised by Luis Miguel Pascual, Escuela Segoviana de Socorrismo ESS Technical Manager Traducción al español revisada por Luis Miguel Pascual, Director Técnico de la Escuela Segoviana [...]

Drukknun er ekki eins og drukknun

By |July 26th, 2010|

Translations: – English -  汉语 - tiếng Việt – Español – Français – Português – română – Deutsch – Svenska – Čeština – Русско – Audio Version Hann stökk alklæddur út í sjóinn, - skipstjórinn, [...]