Tag Archives: boating safety

Garmin, Sea Tow join forces for boating safety

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., announced that it is working with Sea Tow Services, International, Inc. to provide members and franchise operators exclusive offers and product training aimed at improving boater safety. Sea Tow franchisees will receive access to special offers on a variety of Garmin marine electronics, including its flagship GPSMAP chartplotter series, full line of ...

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TowBoatUS opens Fort Gibson Lake operation

Recreational boaters who unexpectedly need on-water help for the routine such as towing, ungrounding, battery jump-starts and fuel drop-offs now have professional 24/7 assistance with the opening of TowBoatUS Fort Gibson Lake. The local business was started last summer by Steven Rhoades when he opened his first location, TowBoatUS Grand Lake. It is the third TowBoatUS location in the Sooner ...

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Sea Tow Foundation appoints new Boating Safety Advisory Council members

Nine new marine industry stakeholders were recently elected to serve two-year terms beginning June 1, 2022, on the Sea Tow Foundation’s Boating Safety Advisory Council. Established in 2019, the advisory council collaborates on multiple national boating safety initiatives and also judges and selects the most outstanding efforts by marine industry companies promoting recreational boating safety through its annual “National Boating ...

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Sea Tow Foundation honors franchise owner posthumously

The Sea Tow Foundation honored and celebrated the life and outstanding contributions of former Sea Tow Boston franchise owner, Capt. Steve Winkler, during a special Life Jacket Loaner Station dedication ceremony held on May 26 in Winthrop, Mass. Winkler, the franchise co-owner of Sea Tow Boston for 29 years, passed away suddenly on July 16, 2021 at the age of ...

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NASBLA, MADD partner on BUI campaign

Impaired boating continues to be a leading known contributing factor in fatal recreational boating incidents. Operation Dry Water (ODW) is proud to join boating safety advocates nationwide during National Safe Boating Week, May 21 – 27, 2022, to remind boat operators and passengers of the dangers associated with boating under the influence (BUI). As part of the upcoming holiday weekend, boaters from ...

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WSF reports record number of paddlesports accidents

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Over 37 million participants engaged in paddlesports like kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding during the pandemic according to the latest data (2020) from the Outdoor Foundation. This pandemic surge brought an estimated 2.5 million new paddlers to American waterways. However, it increased accidents to 331 and fatalities to a record high 202 – accounting for more than 26% of all ...

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Sea Tow Foundation seeks nominations for Boating Safety Advisory Council

The Sea Tow Foundation is now accepting nominations for membership in its national Boating Safety Advisory Council, with applications being accepted through April 19. New appointees will be chosen by the current council and executive committee, notified in mid-May and serve a two-year term beginning June 1, 2022. The Boating Safety Advisory Council is currently comprised of 20 leaders representing all ...

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Water safety remains top priority for MN legislative session

The Minnesota House of Representatives Committee on Transportation Finance and Policy convenes Tuesday, March 22, for a hearing on HF3787, legislation which would expand upon the state’s existing youth boater education requirements. The hearing marks the fourth hearing in four weeks’ time for the companion bills SF3392 and HF3787, indicating there is strong support within the legislature for increased boating ...

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Water Sports Foundation reports spike in online boater education

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The Water Sports Foundation reported a major surge in boater education enrollment across the nation, marked by new online delivery trends. As the non-profit educational arm of the Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA), the Water Sports Foundation attributed the surge to record-setting growth in recreational boating activity and a 35% increase in first-time boat ownership in 2020, brought on by ...

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