Boating Safety

Recreational Boating Safety – Good Practices for Safe Boating

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
Getting home safely from a recreational boating outing is simply a matter of following some important good practices. Some of the good practices are required by law, some are recommendations from the Coast Guard, and some just make good practice. Although this is not a complete list, it is

Recreational Boating Safety – Responsibilities Between Sailing Vessels

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
The last column was about the conduct of vessels in sight of one another, otherwise known as the pecking order of rights of way. This column will be about sailing vessels within sight of each other. But first, I am reposting the pecking order between boats. It seems we have had some

Recreational Boating Safety – The Pecking Order

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08

Hardheads 4th Annual Bolivar Rig Run
There is nothing more exciting on the water than a sailing regatta, and the Hardheads 4th Annual Bolivar Rig Run catamaran race was no exception to the rule. We have

Recreational Boating Safety – Operating Offshore

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
Another Rescue at Sea
The Sector Houston-Galveston Watchstander received word of another capsized recreational vessel off Crystal Beach this weekend. The five occupants stayed with the capsized boat and were successfully rescued by US Coast Guard

Recreational Boating Safety – Waterway Pollution Prevention

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
We have all seen pieces of plastic and other garbage floating in the water near our boats or washed up on our beaches. There are many regulations that apply to dumping of garbage, sewage, and oil waste. This column addresses a few of those, and discusses the Coast Guard’s participation

Recreational Boating Safety – Lessons to be Leaned

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
School has started again, and that puts us toward the end of the recreational boating season, although the fishing season is about to start. We have had some great rescue success stories, and we have had some heartbreaking losses. This column will cover some lessons to be learned

Recreational Boating Safety – Rescue at Sea

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08

Sometimes things happen that are beyond your control. This is such a story. It happened last week and involved 3 men aboard a recreational fishing vessel fishing near the North Jetty limit. Here is what happened.

Recreational Boating Safety – US Coast Guard Anniversary

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08

United States Revenue Cutter Service Established
On August 4, 1790, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton established the United States Revenue Cutter Service as the Revenue-Marine. The Revenue-Marine fell under the jurisdiction of the US Department

Recreational Boating Safety – Good Samaritan Rescue at Sea

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
The US Coast Guard relies heavily on private boaters to assist other boaters in distress. Often the nearest boat to a vessel in distress is a private boat. When time is of the essence, it is often the private vessel operator that comes to the aid of a fellow boater, and these private boaters

Recreational Boating Safety – Search and Rescue

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
Search and Rescue (SAR) is one of the Coast Guard’s oldest missions. Minimizing the loss of life, injury, property damage or loss by rendering aid to persons in distress in the maritime environment has always been a Coast Guard priority. Coast Guard SAR response involves

Recreational Boating Safety – Marine Safety Overview

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08

Gold and Silver
People see Auxiliarists in uniform performing their duties and know that we are part of the US Coast Guard, but often that is as far as their understanding goes. We are the uniformed civilian component of the US Coast Guard, and we

Recreational Boating Safety – 2017 Recreational Boating Accident Statistics

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
It has been a year now that I have been writing this column, and it is time to see how we are doing in the recreational boating world. The US Coast Guard has released the 2017 Recreational Boating Accident Statistics. There is good news: both deaths and injuries are down. But they could be

Recreational Boating Safety – Operation Paddle Smart

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
One thing is certain: if we get lost at sea, the US Coast Guard will come searching for us. But it is up to the vessel operator to do everything possible to make that search easy. We do that by registering our vessels as required, having proper emergency communication devices such as

Recreational Boating Safety – Stand-Up Paddle Boards

Recreational Boating Safety – Stand-Up Paddle Boards
By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
Growing up on the Texas Gulf Coast, I always had a surfboard. We drove to school with our surfboards on the roofs of our cars, and as soon as school let out we headed to the beach. But we paddled out into the surf while lying down on the board, and we wouldn’t have thought of

Recreational Boating Safety – Talk Like a Pirate

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
Who among you hasn’t, upon occasion, shouted “Land ho!” upon returning to port from a boat trip? Who among you does NOT participate in International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19)? Arrrrr! True aficionados of Talk Like a Pirate Day know that it was actor Robert Newton, who

Recreational Boating Safety – Hyperthermia

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08

hy•per•ther•mi•aThe condition of having a body temperature greatly above normal
We have discussed the dangers of being immersed in frigid waters, including the deadly condition known as hypothermia. Hypo is a prefix that means “beneath” or “below,”

Recreational Boating Safety – Anatomy of a Boating Accident

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
In August 2017, three men, two of whom I graduated from high school with, were fishing the Louisiana side of Sabine Lake in the area of Green’s Bayou when they hit a submerged pipe. This column concerns the events of the accident, the aftermath reporting of the

Recreational Boating Safety – Pamphlets and Stickers

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
The Coast Guard has pamphlets and stickers for all kinds of stuff. I ordered some to pass out to people, and if you want a particular one, just drop me an email and I will get one to you for no charge. We don’t charge for any of our services. Our goals are to educate boaters and encourage

Recreational Boating Safety – Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08

We all hope that we never have to call the Coast Guard for help. In previous columns I have discussed different methods of calling for help, and what information you need to give the Coast Guard when you do call. First, you must know your latitude and longitude. There are several ways

Recreational Boating Safety – The Perfect Storm

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08A
A perfect storm is an event in which a rare combination of circumstances drastically aggravates the event. The term “perfect storm” is nearly synonymous with “worst case scenario,” although “worst case scenario” is usually used hypothetically, while “perfect storm” usually describes

Recreational Boating Safety – Vessel Safety Check Failures

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
Our purpose in providing free Vessel Safety Check (VSC) inspections is to enhance safe boating practices by letting the boat operator know if they fail to meet any regulatory requirements an to offer recommendations from the Coast Guard on how they can make their boating

Recreational Boating Safety – Human Factors and Open Water Survival

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
Survival is the “preservation of one’s own life under conditions of immediate peril.” To preserve one’s own life at sea requires the ability to live through extreme conditions of emotional and physical shock, and hardship for an indefinite period of time. When faced with an open water survival situation,

Recreational Boating Safety – Wind and Weather

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
One of the greatest hazards to boaters is when they operate in heavy weather conditions. The waves, seas and wind can present the greatest challenges to seamanship and greatly affect survivability whenever there is an accident. The greatest dangers from heavy weather are

Recreational Boating Safety – Boat Handling and Maneuvering

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
I am on the water quite a bit. My office at US Coast Guard Station Galveston is on the water, and I can see hundreds of boats pass by our windows on any given day. My home is at the beach, and I can see ships in the gulf as well as barge tows and recreational boaters in the

Recreational Boating Safety – Boater’s Pre-Departure Checklist

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
How many times have you loaded up your boat, launched, and headed out to your favorite spot only to realize you have forgotten your bait/fishing rod/tackle box/life jacket/drinking water, or any other important item required to make the trip successful? You need to know your vessel, plan the trip,

Recreational Boating Safety – First Aid for Shock and Bleeding

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
As a boat operator, you are responsible for your safety and the safety of your passengers. Today we will talk about recognizing and treating shock and about controlling severe bleeding, both of which occur in boating accidents and need immediate

Recreational Boating Safety – First Aid for Sun and Heat Related Factors

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
As a boat operator, you are responsible for your safety and the safety of your passengers. We have mentioned that a first aid kit is not an item required by regulation, but it is highly recommended that you carry one, and it is also recommended that you carry plenty of water and

Recreational Boating Safety – Towing a Disabled Boat

By Bob Currie, Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-06-08
The master or person in charge of a vessel is obligated by law to provide assistance that can be safely provided to any individual in danger at sea (46 USC 2304). The type of assistance is greatly dependent on the ability of the assisting vessel’s master to provide assistance without endangering

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