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  • National Oceans Month 🏄

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    Many of our readers know we surf test our bandages, kayak test our water resistant first aid kits, and take our marine and boating kits out on the ocean for "real life" quality testing before we offer these products for sale. 🌊

    The oceans, seas, and waterways are very dear to us, and we sponsor beach clean ups, wet lands preservation, and of course, water safety.

    As such,  the Presidential proclamation of National Oceans Month 2015 means a lot to us, and we hope you will read,, consider, and heed:

    Presidential Proclamation-- National Oceans Month, 2015


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    This summer, millions of Americans will take in the beauty and natural splendor of our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes. As destinations for recreation and tourism, these bodies of water rejuvenate our spirit and cultivate a love of our great outdoors. And no matter where you live or who you are, a healthy and thriving ocean is essential to all people all year. Our marine environments contribute to our food supply, bolster our economy, strengthen our national defense, and support important scientific research and innovation. They are some of humanity's greatest treasures and central to who we are as a people. During National Oceans Month, we celebrate these lifesustaining ecosystems, and we reaffirm our vital role as stewards of our planet.

    Ensuring the long-term health, resilience, and productivity of our marine environments requires us to act to protect and preserve them in the face of a range of threats. Climate change is causing sea levels and ocean temperatures to rise, and these effects can harm coral reefs and force certain species to migrate. Carbon pollution is being absorbed by our oceans, causing them to acidify and changing entire ecosystems. And illegal fishing continues to threaten our global and economic security, as well as the sustainability of our world's fisheries.

    My Administration is committed to doing all we can to combat these threats and leave our children and grandchildren clean and vibrant oceans. As part of my National Ocean Policy, we are creating a coordinated, science-based approach to managing our coasts and oceans, and we are focused on implementing specific, on-the-ground actions to improve our ocean economy and bolster ocean health. We continue to make meaningful progress toward ending overfishing, and the Federal Government is partnering with State, local, and tribal leaders to promote marine conservation. As President, I continue to use my authority to preserve our most precious ecosystems, including last year when I expanded the largest marine reserve in the world -- ensuring more of our pristine tropical marine environments are off limits to commercial resource extraction.

    We are heirs to a vast expanse of oceans and waterways that have sustained our ancestors for centuries. As caretakers of our planet, we share an obligation to protect these magnificent ecosystems for generations to come. This month, let us work to do our part and recommit to leading the way toward a safer, cleaner, more stable world.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2015 as National Oceans Month. I call upon Americans to take action to protect, conserve, and restore our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


  • Sailboat Safety: What to Know if you aren't an Expert

    Spring is upon us, and we all want to get our an PLAY!

    Renting a sailboat and taking it out to sea can be a great way to spend your day... sailing can't be that hard, right? Hm.

    Be warned, it can also be dangerous if you don't follow a few simple rules.

    You don't want your amazing experience to turn into a nightmare, so we're going to look at a few different personal safety tips you need to take into account so you make it back to shore.

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    Check For Safety Equipment

    If you were on your own sailboat you would know it had all the essential safety equipment on board, but when you charter a boat you don't have any idea what you'll find. Don't set off until you've had a thorough look around to make sure you have all the safety equipment you might need in the event of an emergency. When you rent your boat from a respectable charter agency it's likely they will have everything you'll need, but everyone is prone to making mistakes and something might be missing.

    Think Safety At All Times

    Once the bad weather strikes you'll automatically go into safety mode and your mind will be completely switched on. When the sea is relatively calm and you're having a lot of fun you won't be thinking about safety. This is actually dangerous considering most sailing accidents happen when the sea is calm.perhaps you didn't know this because it seems so strange, but it just goes to show you that safety should always be at the forefront of your mind whenever you're out at sea.

    You Need To Stay Warm

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    Sometimes it's going to get cold when you're out on the water and you'll need to wrap up tight. Even when you're only a little cold you can't underestimate the importance of keeping warm. If something bad were to happen you might only have seconds or minutes to react, so you'd be in deep trouble if you were starting to suffer from hypothermia. It will affect your judgement and you won't have the same physical capabilities, so the chances of you reacting to something correctly will be much lower.

    Know When To Give Up

    OK - so you've spent a lot of money chartering a sailboat, but you have to ask yourself how much your life is worth. If you have your family on board you have to think about them too. If the conditions get too rough and you feel like there is a chance something might be wrong it's better to turn around and head home. It might end up ruining your experience, but at least you'll live to tell your tale. Someone who take too many chances with their life might not be here any more to tell their tale.

    MaritimeMake Sure Your Guests Are Safe

    If you're taking any guests out on the sailboat you'll need to make sure they're safe at all times. If they've not been out on the water before they won't know what to do in an emergency, so you'll need to teach them a few essential tips before you set off as well as keeping your eye on them at all times. If they get into trouble it won't only be their life that is in danger because you'll need to help them which will put your life at risk too.

    It's Not All Doom And Gloom

    Let's be honest, when you're out on the sailboat you're going to have a blast.

    If you're lucky the conditions will be ideal and you will be enjoying yourself so much you won't want to head back to shore. All good things must come to an end, but enjoy your freedom out at sea while it lasts.

    Just because you're clued in about safety doesn't mean it's going to affect the fun you'll have, but there is nothing wrong with being prepared. The agency you chartered your sailboat from will appreciate you knowing this information too and they'll be glad when you bring it back to them in one piece.

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  • Guidelines for Boating and Sailing Safety

    After having to put up with the cold, summer is finally here, a wonderful time where fun and outdoor activities are the order of the day. This is the season to get out of your homes, head to the beaches and into the sea, taking cruises and sailing into the sea on your boat, yacht or gulet. Though sailing into the sea is an amazing way of experiencing the outdoors and seeing the world, there are precautions that need to be taken before setting off on your voyage. Below are important safety tips that will make your sailing fun and safe at the same time.

    1. Check everything before leaving

    Sailing into the sea is fun but could be extremely dangerous depending on how prepared you are. Check to ensure your survival kit is intact before leaving the port. Check to ensure you have your first aid kit, life preserver of adequate size for everyone on board, life jackets, fire extinguishers in case of a fire, enough fuel and working lights in case you find yourself sailing in the night or in dark areas. You should also not forget to carry enough drinking water and food and also enough fuel (again, this is very important!) for the period you will be sailing. You may also bring a flare gun, a container to bail water and wax seal in case of an emergency like a hole on your boat.

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    2. Check the weather

    Ensuring you know the weather of your journey's starting point and your destination is one thing that should never be ignored. It should be known that once you head into the sea, reaching out to people on land will be quite a challenge so precaution in terms of weather conditions should be taken. Though weather in the sea is quite unpredictable, you should reduce your risk of capsizing due to storms, tides and strong winds by keeping track of the weather using your smart phone or on board radio. You should also know your way to the nearest shores in case of unexpected rapid weather changes. Knowing the weather will also help you to determine the kind of clothing or gear you may need for example cold weather will call for warm clothing.

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    3. Know your boat's capacity

    How much weight can your boat sustain and how many people can it accommodate? This is an extremely important question to ask yourself. Your boat should never be overloaded lest you risk capsizing or sinking. Most boat accidents occur due to overloading either due to ignorance or just arrogance. Capacity and loading capacity of any water vessel should be taken seriously as it is a matter of life and death. You can find formulas for safe loading and more information about capacity here on Boating Basics Online.

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    4. Do not drink and ride

    This does not only apply to vehicles. This rule should be followed even in water. Alcohol and other drugs when taken will alter your thinking and perception thus affecting your judgement of distance and impending danger thus making the whole sailing experience risky. In addition to this, you should have enough sleep before heading off on such a course. Lack of sleep, just like drugs, will affect your perception, sight and hearing thus putting you in danger when sailing.

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    5. Know your environment

    Different water bodies have different features and different activities taking place on them. Others have irregular sea beds with deep areas and very shallow areas, others have fishing activities while others have mining activities. You should be on the lookout, both by sight and by hearing when sailing. It helps to have a map or a guide with you to show you where great caution should be taken, especially when sailing into unknown areas. When approaching obstacles such as ice bergs, rocks and other vessels like ships and boats, you should be sure to slow down so as to avoid accidents.

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    6. Sail at a safe speed

    Your sailing speed should be chosen carefully to prevent accidents and possible hazards to other people on other vessels. Safe speed is relative and depends on the sailor's experience, visibility, presence of other vessels, maneuverability of the vessel and navigation hazards. In such instances, speed should be reduced to a level in which changes and adjustments can be easily made in case of an emergency.

    7. Know the rules

    Different states have different sailing rules that should be adhered to. Before taking that boat ride, you should consider knowing the laws and regulations governing such activities. Whether you are allowed to practice other activities like fishing, swimming or surfing, the dangers of sailing into the waterways and even if there are specific requirements in terms of the size and condition of your water vessel. It also helps to know what to do in case of an accident or emergency; the person to call, what signals you need to use and other specific precautions you may need to take. You should also know the different sound and light signals and what they mean and also know the rules that apply to giving way to other vessels.

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    8. Maintain your water vessel.

    Your water vessel should never be left unmaintained. In case of damage, it should be repaired and it should be checked on a regular basis to prevent accidents and emergencies while on board.

    The skippers from Orvas Yachting also recommend having an oar or a large stick in the boat as a good safety precaution in case the vessel goes aground or your fuel runs out. It is also a good precaution to know how to swim just in case you fall into the water or your vessel capsizes or sinks. For better sailing, it is advisable to take some sailing safety course from institutions like the Coast Guard Auxillary to ensure 100% safety as you enjoy nature and have fun on the endless waters.


  • Playing on the water

    We've talked about Fishing Safety - what about recreational boating and personal watercraft?

    With common sense, you can have fun and still be a responsible boater.

    • Wear your life jacket. Always.
    • Make sure your boat has ALL required safety equipment. Especially a boating first aid kit.
    • Avoid alcohol while boating. Alcohol use affects judgment, vision, balance, and coordination. Reports suggest that alcohol was a contributing factor in about one in five boating fatalities.
    • Complete an approved boating safety course. You may save on your boat insurance, and you most certainly will be a more knowledgeable operator for it.
    • Know the rules. They were developed for your safety, and the safety of those around you.
    • Don't overload. Know the capacity of your boat and stay within those limits.
    • Boat with a partner, and let family or friends know of your boating plans.
    • Check the weather forecast.


    Basic safety tips for boating apply to personal watercraft such as jet skis.

    • Always wear your life jacket
    • Make sure your craft has all required safety equipment
    • Avoid alcohol
    • Boat with family and friends, and if you are going to go out alone make sure that someone knows your plans
    • Check the weather forecast

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    Steering and stopping 
    Your personal watercraft has no brakes. Here are basic safety tips for steering and stopping your vessel.

    PWCs are propelled by drawing water into a pump and then forcing it out under pressure through a steering nozzle at the back of the unit. This “jet” of pressurized water is directed by the steering control—when the steering control is turned, the steering nozzle turns in the same direction. For example, if the steering control is turned right, the nozzle turns right and the jet of water pushes the back of the vessel to the left, which causes the PWC to turn right.

    Remember—no power means no steering control …

    Most PWCs and other jet-drive vessels must have power in order to maintain control. If you allow the engine on these PWCs to return to idle or shut off during operation, you lose all steering control. The PWC will continue in the direction it was headed before the engine was shut off, no matter which way the steering control is turned. New PWCs allow for off-throttle steering.

    A PWC has no brakes. Always allow plenty of room for stopping. Just because you release the throttle or shut off the engine does not mean you will stop immediately.

    PWC steering

    Engine Cutoff 
    Most personal watercraft have an emergency ignition safety switch. Knowledge of this is a vital part of operating your vessel.

    Ignition Safety Switches

    Most PWCs and powerboats come equipped by the manufacturer with an important device called an emergency ignition safety switch. This is a safety device that is designed to shut off the engine if the operator is thrown from the proper operating position.

    A lanyard is attached to the safety switch and the operator’s wrist or PFD. The safety switch shuts off the engine if the operator falls off the PWC or out of the powerboat. If your vessel does not come equipped with an ignition safety switch, you should have one installed.

    Inmost areas, it is illegal to ride your PWC without attaching the lanyard properly between the switch and yourself.

    Ignition Safety SwitchAlways wear your lanyard when operating a PWC.

    Basics of operation
    Courteous consideration of those around you and other boats will go a long way towards making your personal watercraft experience a pleasant one.

    Courtesy When Encountering other Vessels

    Jumping the wake of a passing boat, or riding too close to another PWC or boat, creates risks and is restricted or even prohibited in some states. The vessel making the wake may block the PWC operator’s view of oncoming traffic and also conceal the PWC operator from approaching vessels.

    Excessive noise from PWCs often makes them unwelcome with other vessel operators and people on shore. Be a courteous PWC operator.

    • Vary your operating area, and do not keep repeating the same maneuver.
    • Avoid congregating with other PWC operators near shore, which increases annoying noise levels.
    • Avoid making excessive noise near residential and camping areas, particularly early in the morning.
    • Avoid maneuvers that cause the engine exhaust to lift out of the water because that increases noise levels.
    • Do not modify your engine exhaust system if it increases the noise. Improperly modified exhausts will not make your PWC faster and may raise the noise to an illegal level.

    CourtesyBe a courteous PWC operator.

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