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Make your Children Wear Their Life jackets

U.S. Coast Guard Reminds Parents To Make Their Kids Wear Life Jackets  ...more>>


The Coast Guard plans to distribute a beach safety video along the Oregon and Washington coasts in an effort to remind beachgoers to use caution while on the beach.  ...more>>


Improperly discarded EPIRBs can lead to false distress calls and costly responses by rescuers ...more>>

The Discontinuation of *CG

The Coast Guard has requested all wireless providers to remove *CG used to reach the Coast Guard for maritime emergency assistance. ...more>>

Boating Safety Information Sheets

Recreational Boating Safety Information Sheets ...more>>

121.5/243 MHZ EPIRBs Discontinued

Use of 121.5/243 MHZ EPIRBs to be discontinued January 1, 2007 ...more>>

Propeller Injury Awareness Brochure

Propeller Safety Brochure Available ...more>>

Propeller Injury Control Technology

A variety of technologies are available that should be considered by recreational boaters when they are considering means for reducing the risk of propeller-related injuries while boating.  ...more>>

Strategic Plan of the National RBS Program

The Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program ...more>>

TWIC and the Recreational Boater

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and the Pleasure Boating Community  ...more>>

America's Waterway Watch

How you can help keep America's waterways safe ...more>>

A Report on the Strategic Plan of the RBS Program

This Report on the Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Program, describes the goals, objectives, and strategies to reduce recreational boating injuries and deaths for the years 2007-2011. It serves as the primary framework for programmatic decision-making, budgeting, and program evaluation. To view this document, click here...  ...more>>

Extension Period for Comments Hull Identification

Request for extension of Hull Indentification number for Recreational Vessels Comment Period. Docket No. USCG-2007-29236 ...more>>

Education Requirement for Rec Boat Operators

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council unanimously votes for the Coast Guard to seek stautory authority to establish minimum education requirements for recreational boat operators ...more>>

Carbon Monoxide Update

The Coast Guard has conducted an investigation to determine what carbon monoxide (CO) detection devices are available to recreational boaters, such that, when installed and activated could reduce the risk of being exposed to high levels of CO -THAT SILENT KILLER. A variety of technologies is available for detecting the presence of CO on boats and should be considered by recreational boaters to reduce their risk of injury or death while boating. ...more>>

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