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Water Sports Foundation Launches New “National Boating Safety Media Center” as Part of Media Outreach Campaign

As part of a U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Outreach Grant, the Water Sports Foundation (WSF) has just completed the first phase and launch of its new “National Boating Safety Media Center” which is designed to facilitate and support the work of journalists assigned to cover boating safety topics.

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Recreational Boating Statistics

Boating Statistics 2019, the 61st annual report, contains statistics on recreational boating accidents and state vessel registration. This publication is a result of the coordinated effort of the Coast Guard and those states and territories that have Federally-approved boat numbering and casualty reporting systems.

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US Coast Guard Data Access Query System (DAQS)

A service from the 2018 Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety Survey called Data Access Query System (DAQS). The DAQS allows a user to quickly sort the boating data off a number of pivot points.

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Video: Paddling Shorts Ep. 8 // Calling For Help

In this short episode, paddling experts Paul and Kate Kuthe describe how to use a marine radio to call for help from the U.S. Coast Guard.

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NSBC BoatBeat Blog: Search and Rescue Process

If a boater is in distress, they should contact search and rescue assets via VHF-DSC marine band radio, or with an EPIRB or PLB. It is the boater’s responsibility to contact search and rescue assets.

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U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division

The U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division (CG-BSX-2) is dedicated to reducing loss of life, injuries and property damage that occurs on U.S. Waterways by improving the knowledge, skill and abilities of recreational boaters.

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Doug Leavell

Doug Leavell is Recreational Boating Safety Specialist, Coast Guard District 11 in Alameda, CA, a post he began in January 2020. A 30-year veteran of the United States Coast Guard, he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 in 2019.

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Ethan J. Coble

Ethan Coble is USN Retired and Merchant Mariner Credential as2nd Mate Unlimited. He has enjoyed an extensive, 20-year career with the US Navy in senior enlisted leadership overseeing navigation, shipping, operations, force protection and project management.

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Paul Barnard

Paul Barnard is the Recreational Boating Safety Program Manager of US Coast Guard District 8, based in New Orleans, LA. He has 34 years of Coast Guard experience serving as Rescue Boat Coxswain, Federal Law Enforcement Officer, SAR Coordinator, Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Program Manager, and Recreational Boating Safety Program Manager.

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New Life Jacket Labels Explained

You may see a new label on the inside of new life jackets with a performance level icon. This fact sheet explains what the new information means and how it affects existing life jackets.

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Rental Boat Safety Programs and Contact Info

Summary: Rental Boat Safety is a National Boating Safety Program funded by the U.S. Coast Guard that promotes safe boating practices. This campaign targets non-traditional boaters that do not actively participate or engage in the boating lifestyle. The rental boat market is rapidly expanding. Rental Boat Safety partners directly with Rental Liveries, BLA’s and customers, […]

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How to Choose the Correct Children’s Life Jacket

Children’s life jackets come in all different sizes and styles, depending on the child’s body weight and comfort in the water. Here are some tips for helping choose what works best for your kids.

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ACA Safety Series

An informative series of 15 infographics, covering a range of important boating safety topics.

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Photos: Kids in Properly Fitting Life Jackets

Photos of a group of young girls on a boat, all wearing properly-fitting Life Jackets

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Photos: Hull Identification Number

Photos showing the hull identification number on various boats

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Boating Deaths by Vessel Power (2019)

2019 Boating deaths, by vessel power, including human-power, motor, sail and others.

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2019 Recreational Boating Statistics

Recreational Boating Statistics 2019, the 61st annual report, contains statistics on recreational boating accidents and state vessel registration. This publication is a result of the coordinated effort of the Coast Guard and those states and territories that have Federally-approved boat numbering and casualty reporting systems.

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2018 Recreational Boating Statistics

Boating Statistics 2018, the 60th annual report, contains statistics on recreational boating accidents and state vessel registration. This publication is a result of the coordinated effort of the Coast Guard and those states and territories that have Federally-approved boat numbering and casualty reporting systems.

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