Boating Safety

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 […]

Two is One – One is None

By MarioDecember 13, 2010 Boating Safety, Risk, Survival

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 surprised the other day when I called his number and he answered – because the man was definitely too busy. […]

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

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

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) rescue professionals: It is impossible to get hypothermic in cold water unless you are wearing flotation, because without flotation – […]

Weather Checks First

By MarioSeptember 30, 2010 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 […]