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Engaging Survivors

The National Safe Boating Council is embarking on a new initiative to be a resource for survivors of recreational boating accidents.

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Inspecting Your Life Jacket is a Must

This safety alert reminds all vessel operators to routinely inspect their life jackets to ensure they are suitable for service.

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The RBS In-Network connects instructors to course providers and credentialing opportunities in recreational boating safety professional programs.

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Marine Safety Alert: Whether at Work or at Play Remember it’s a Shared Waterway
This Safety Alert reminds all operators of power-driven, sail, and human propelled vessels of the importance of maintaining a sharp look-out while on a shared waterway and recommends that all recreational boaters carry a DSC-VHF marine radio in order to communicate with other vessels. Recently a catamaran type passenger ferry…
Supreme Court ruling goes against Florida houseboat owner

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Florida man’s latest appeal in a landmark case involving the seizure and destruction of his floating home.

Operation Dry Water: 2017 Heightened Awareness & Enforcement Weekend

Register now for the three-day heightened enforcement weekend taking place nationwide June 30 – July 2, 2017.

How legalized marijuana applies to boaters

With possession of small amounts of marijuana now legal in eight states, boaters are asking whether the U.S. Coast Guard, a federal agency, will abide by those state laws. Read more from Boating Magazine.

2017 North American Safe Boating Campaign Makes a Splash

The annual campaign kicks off the weekend before Memorial Day with National Safe Boating Week and continues throughout the year with family-friendly boating safety events.

Official-Looking Vessel Documentation Renewal Notices Can Lead to Confusion and Higher Costs

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Consumer Protection Department is advising boaters with vessels having a US Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation to be wary of any letter arriving by US mail offering renewal.

International Boating and Water Safety Summit

IBWSS is the premier event for professional development with increased focus on training, education, meeting, and networking for professionals, volunteers, and anyone involved in boating and water safety.

First Collaborative Online Hub of Recreational Boating Resources

A new online hub for the media, boating educators, boating accident reporters, public information officers, law enforcement officials, and the general public promises to make the waters safer.

Reporters play a critical role in recreational boating safety

Quite simply, reporters have a huge impact on the promotion of safe boating behaviors.

US COAST GUARD LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE NEWSROOM

The U.S. Coast Guard recently launched its new online newsroom, U.S. Coast Guard News, available at http://www.news.uscg.mil.

Cold Water Immersion Safety Tips from U.S. Coast Guard

Do not let the temperature outside fool you. Cold water immersion and hypothermia can occur in water as cool as 70 degrees at any time of the year.

U.S. Coast Guard Releases 2017-2021 National Recreational Boating Safety Program Strategic Plan

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety has released the Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program 2017-2021.

Recreational Boating Safety Instructor Network

The RBS In-Network connects instructors to course providers and credentialing opportunities in recreational boating safety professional programs.

Inspecting Your Life Jacket is a Must

This safety alert reminds all vessel operators to routinely inspect their life jackets to ensure they are suitable for service.

Engaging Survivors

The National Safe Boating Council is embarking on a new initiative to be a resource for survivors of recreational boating accidents.

NOAA satellites help in the rescue of 240 people last year

NOAA’s fleet of weather satellites helped save 240 people last year from potentially life-threatening situations throughout the United States and its surrounding waters.

NASBLA Webinar on Important Changes in Hull Identification Number Validation

NASBLA hosted two webinars to assist states in setting up a HIN Validation System.

UL Standards Publishes First Joint Canada-US National Standards Adoptions for Canada and the US Simultaneously

ISO based standards for Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets) published on December 31, 2015