Tag Archives: boating safety

U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Report shows some ways the pandemic impacted boating

The U.S. Coast Guard recently released the 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics, and reports of accidents, fatalities and injuries were significantly up over the prior year. While still under review, the Coast Guard believes that the primary driving factor for the significant increase in deaths was the significant increase in boating activity. The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water looks ...

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New owner takes over TowBoatUS Anacortes

Capt. Chris Justice, a former hired on-water towing captain with TowBoatUS Tacoma, has chosen to strike out on his own and is the new owner of TowBoatUS Anacortes. “I knew I wanted to go out on my own, so when I heard about the opportunity, I immediately jumped on it, packed up my bags, and moved to Anacortes," said Justice. Asked ...

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Boating BC collaborates on new boater education

Representatives from Boating BC, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and BC Ferries have announced a new collaboration aimed at educating recreational boaters and small commercial vessel operators about how to share the waterways with deep sea vessel traffic. The initiative, which will include a province-wide advertising campaign is made possible through a grant from Transport Canada and addresses increasing near ...

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Marine Industries Association of Southwest Florida brings law enforcement and marine businesses together

boating safety forum

With the dramatic increase in boating traffic, the Marine Industries Association of Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay (MIA) joined with the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND), the Venice Police Department, and the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit to host a forum that brought 15 law enforcement and government agencies together along with 30 marine industry representatives to discuss boating ...

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Boating tips to safely navigate busy Fourth of July waters

By the Water Sports Foundation All over the country this upcoming holiday weekend, boaters will be cruising to popular gathering spots for watersports, to raft up, drop anchor and swim, enjoy barbecues and cap off festivities with spectacular fireworks celebrations.  “After a year of Covid restrictions, boaters are out on the water in force, soaking up plenty of sun and ...

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New owner takes over TowBoatUS Naples, Marco Island

After spending years working as a part time on-water towboat captain on the waters off Southern California, Capt. Todd Dillman knew one day he wanted to have his own recreational boat towing business. The question was only where and when. “When I was out there, I fell in love with helping boaters get home safely and knew it was something ...

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Profiles in leadership: Jim Emmons

By Wanda Kenton Smith From the time he was a tyke tubing behind his grandfather’s 55-foot houseboat, through combo skiing and carving on a big board as a teen, to surfing the waves in exotic oceans as an adult, Jim Emmons has had a lifelong love affair with the water. In 1989, former college buddy John McEver of World Publications ...

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TowBoatUS returns to Lake Murray under new ownership

After a nearly three-year hiatus, TowBoatUS Lake Murray has reopened under new ownership. Rick Kahn, a lifelong boater, U.S. Power Squadrons member, Mechanical Engineer, and former IT consultant, has taken the helm of the 24/7 on-water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters. The company recently provided towing assistance to student anglers during two days of competition at the BoatUS National Collegiate Bass ...

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Boating BC receives new safety funding

Boating BC, the not-for-profit industry association dedicated to enhancing boater safety on all British Columbia’s waterways, is pleased with the announcement from Transport Canada that the organization will receive two grants under Canada’s Boating Safety Contribution Program. The grants, totaling $375,000 will allow Boating BC to enhance boating safety education and outreach campaigns across the province over the next several years. “The ...

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America’s Boating Club partners with West Marine for National Safe Boating Week

Americans have taken to the water in record numbers to enjoy the socially distanced fun and relaxation that boating provides. With more boats and new boaters on the water—many without any boating education—boating accidents and fatalities have been rising around the country.  The nation’s largest volunteer recreational boating safety nonprofit, America’s Boating Club has partnered with marine retailer, West Marine, to ...

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