“I will have no man in my boat," said Starbuck, "who is not afraid of a whale." By this, he seemed to mean, not only that the most reliable and useful courage was that which arises from the fair estimation of the encountered peril, but that an utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward.   

The last great gains to be made in offshore safety is to change the way mariners think about going to sea.


Mario has written articles on boating and water safety, aquatics safety, and rescue and survival since 2007. His work has been published in professional journals and commercial magazines and newspapers worldwide. Currently, he writes for this site alone, though many of his articles are available for republishing with permission or have been released to the public domain.


Mario has lectured extensively to various organizations on a wide range of topics including drowning risk and immersion hypothermia, safety at sea, aquatic risk and safety, safe boating operations, rescue operations, lifeguard training evaluation and management, and various leadership issues. He continues to speak on rescue and survival tactics to professional organizations around the world.

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Mario is a leading expert on immersion hypothermia, drowning, sea survival, and safety at sea. His writing has appeared in Yachting Magazine, SaltWater Sportsman, Soundings Magazine, The Washington Post, and Reader’s Digest. He is a retired U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer and accident investigator.