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Dogs and Boating – The USCG Has Some Tips

My personal favorite life vest for pups is the MTI Adventure Wear – Underdog!  

Drukning ser ikke alltid ut som drukning

By MarioMay 1, 2013 Water Safety

Translations: – English  汉语 – tiếng Việt – Español – Italiano –  Français – Magyar – Português – română – Deutsch – Suomi – Svenska –  Čeština – Русско –Íslenska – Nederlands – Audio Version Den nye kapteinen hoppet fra dekk, fullt påkledd og spurtet gjennom vannet. Som tidligere badevakt holdt han blikket på offeret mens han skyndet seg rett mot et par som svømte mellom den oppankrede båten og stranda. «Jeg tror han tror at du drukner», sa mannen til kona si. De […]

Cape Disappointment – Training Ground for Really Bad Days

By MarioApril 29, 2013 Boating Safety, Coast Guard, SAR

The crew at USCG Station Cape Disappoint work in a place where heavy seas and surf aren’t just possible, they are damned likely. The station’s back yard is the Columbia Bar – one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world. What does the station like to do when the roughest of the […]

Update: Tough Mudder – Witnesses Describe Rescue as Slow / Disorganized

By MarioApril 25, 2013 Opinion, Risk, Water Safety

(If you were there – please help:  A Call for Videos) A recent article by Andrew Metcalf at Patch includes witnesses describing the rescue efforts (or lack of rescue efforts) after Sengupta’s friends reported that he did not surface from the jump.  Nicholas Sayers was at the Walk The Plank obstacle watching his sister participate in the […]

The Unaccounted-For Variables: Where Tough Mudder Failed

By MarioApril 23, 2013 Life, Opinion, Risk, Water Safety

I was saddened to hear of the death this past Sunday of twenty-eight-year old Avishek Sengupta, who drowned at a Tough Mudder event in West Virginia. Saddened, but not at all surprised. Tough Mudder is one of those pay-to-play obstacle challenges that allow anyone with an entry fee and the willingness to sign a waiver […]

Images from Bounty – 2008 – Slideshow

By MarioMarch 4, 2013 gCaptain, Media

This may take a while to load – but it’s worth it. For print copies of any image, contact the photographer at www.robertdemar.com [slideshow_deploy id=’6076′] .

A vízbefúlás nem látszik vízbefúlásnak

By MarioFebruary 10, 2013 Boating Safety, Risk, Water Safety

Translations: – English –  汉语 – tiếng Việt – Español – Italiano –  Français – Português – română – Deutsch– Suomi – Svenska –  Čeština – Русско –Íslenska – Nederlands – Audio Version Az új kapitány ruhástul a vízbe vetette magát a fedélzetről és teljes sebességgel úszni kezdett. A volt vízimentő, szemét mindvégig az áldozaton tartva, egyenesen a lehorgonyzott vitorlás és a strand között úszkáló tulajdonos pár felé tartott. “Szerintem azt hiszi, fuldoklasz” mondta a férj a feleségének. Egymást fröcskölték a […]

Diminishing Returns – Why Smaller Isn’t Always Better

By MarioNovember 21, 2012 Boating Safety, EPIRB, Survival

UPDATE: The fine people at Datrex sent me a Rescue PLB1 to try for myself.   I loved it.  It handled well – even in some pretty chilly water.  Full report up soon; but in this case, I consider smaller – very, very good. Ocean Signal and Datrex recently introduced the world’s smallest Personal Locator Beacon, […]

Redefining Limits: The Hidden Value of Hard

By MarioSeptember 27, 2012 Coast Guard, Leadership, Learning, Speeches

There is a value to pushing the limits and expectations on students that has been lost because the training community failed to define the value inherent in these methods. In not applying a performance objective to fear and stress, many programs (including basic training and others) gave up a piece of what mattered most. Drawing […]

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 […]