Author: Jeff Moag

Stay Safe On Your Next Kayak, SUP or Canoe Adventure

Paddling is a fun and safe activity, especially if you pay attention to these common-sense rules — always wear a life jacket, don’t paddle alone, dress for water temperature and don’t mix alcohol and paddling.

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Box Store Bargain Kayak – Don’t Forget the Life Jacket

If you go to the box store for paper towels and end up with a kayak, make sure you also pick up a life jacket. Because nobody wants to pull a Brad.

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Learn to Get Back On Your Kayak BEFORE You Flip

Getting back on your sit-on-top kayak isn’t that hard – if you know how. That’s why it’s a great idea to take a paddling safety class BEFORE you flip.

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Don’t Forget the Leash and Lifejacket 

You can pick up a new SUP anywhere these days, but you can’t buy common sense. Always remember to wear your life jacket and leash when you paddle your standup paddleboard. And if your honey asked you to get TP at the Big Box, don’t forget that either.

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Scott Szczepaniak

Recreational Boating Safety Specialist, US Coast Guard District 7, Miami, FL Cell: 843-327-9655  Office:   206-815-0598 Email: Scott.J.Szczepaniak@uscg.mil  Scott Szczepaniak is the Recreational Boating Safety Specialist for the Seventh Coast Guard District, which includes South Carolina, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Scott has been involved in aquatic and maritime safety his entire […]

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Boating Tips For Fourth of July Fun

Throughout the country, boaters are expected to cruise to popular gathering spots this Fourth of July weekend with friends and family, with plans to raft up, drop anchor and swim, enjoy barbeques and cap off festivities with spectacular fireworks celebrations.

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Rhode Island Passes Mandatory Life Jacket Law For Paddlers

PROVIDENCE, RI – For paddlers in Rhode Island, wearing a life jacket is no longer a choice. It’s the law. The mandatory life jacket rule is one of five new safety regulations that went into effect on April 2, 2023, according to an announcement by the state’s Department of Environmental Management (DEM). The new life […]

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Recreational Boating Statistics 2021

An annual compilation of recreational boating statistics in the United States, compiled by the U.S. Coast Guard using data supplied by the U.S. states and territories. Recreational Boating Statistics 2020 was released on June 30, 2021. New reports are published in early summer using certified data from the previous year.

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WSF’s Jim Emmons Talks Boating Safety With The Weather Channel

Water Sports Foundation Executive Director Jim Emmons is interviewed by The Weather Channel

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Water Sports Foundation Campaign Wins National Boating Industry Safety Award

Southold, NY, December 8, 2021 – The Sea Tow Foundation and its Boating Safety Advisory Council announced six winners today of their National Boating Industry Safety Awards which recognizes the best boating safety work in the for-profit section of the recreational boating industry. Sponsored for the second year by KICKER Marine Audio, the six top […]

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Water Sports Foundation Suggests Six Top Tips for Enjoying a Fun & Safe Holiday Boat Parade

ORLANDO, Fla. — December 2, 2021 — Whether you’re a spectator or a participant, nighttime boat parades featuring festive lights and creative boat and yacht displays can be one of the most fun and memorable traditions of the entire holiday season. From San Francisco’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf Holiday Lights & Sights Boat Parade to the […]

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Heroic Boating Rescue at Destin Pass

Sgt. Brian Parkton knew the situation could turn bad in a heartbeat. The veteran marine patrol officer was responding to reports of a boat in trouble with nine people, including three children, still on board. The 21-foot open motorboat had filled with water and lost power at the mouth of Destin Pass, a northwest Florida […]

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The Rest of the Story

What happened after this viral smash-up at the mouth of the Columbia is just as scary as the crash itself. By Jeff Moag If you’ve been on the Internet in the last four years, you’ve probably seen the video. It starts with three salmon fishermen waving and shouting as a 31-foot powerboat bears down on […]

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Lifeline

Adrift on a capsized boat 16 miles offshore, a palm-sized personal locator beacon was their best last chance. By Jeff Moag The situation went bad in a hurry. Tan Boriboune joined a group of five friends for a day of spearfishing off Virginia Beach on August 16, 2020. A heavy swell was running that Sunday […]

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Answering the Call

When a 17-year-old paddleboarder was swept out to sea, his survival depended on his cell phone — and the voice on the other end of the line. By Jeff Moag The emergency calls came in a flurry as the weather turned sour along the coast of North Wales. When the last one came, Andy Bolter […]

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Ride Dry, Drive Dry With Brittany (@britt_fishing) Oskey

Professional angler Brittany (@britt_fishing) Oskey reminds everyone to take the pledge and avoid alcohol while boating. Whether you’re driving the boat or reeling in the catch of the day, always Ride Dry and Drive Dry.

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Wakeskate Legend Brian Grubb Shares His Most important Boating Tip

Professional Waterman Brian Grubb reminds boaters that operating a boat under the impairment of alcohol or drugs is a really bad idea. Alcohol is the number one leading contributor to boating accidents. Take the pledge and Ride Dry, Drive Dry or at least designate a Sober Skipper.

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Ride Dry, Drive Dry With World Champ Dallas Friday

World Wakeboard Champion and 4-time X-Games Gold Medalist Dallas Friday reminds everyone to take the pledge and avoid alcohol while boating. Whether you’re driving the boat or reeling in the catch of the day, always Ride Dry and Drive Dry.

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