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  • Flood Risk can be highest now as we approach Summer

    Did you know that more flooding can happen now at the end of Spring than at the beginning? It's true. Why not get Flood safety training for your group if you are at the coast or near a body of water?

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    Coastal Flood Risk Reduction
    Course Title: Coastal Flood Risk Reduction (PER-305 )
    Status: FEMA Certified. This course is now listed in the FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED) Catalog.
    Description: In 2011, half of the major disaster declarations were due in whole or in part to flooding. Communities are able adopt a variety of corrective and preventive measures to reduce flood damage.

    This course incorporates flood plain management practices, and participants will learn about the traditional structural and nonstructural mitigation approaches to reduce risk, strengthen opportunities, and increase resilience. The course will provide an overview of the flooding risks to coastal built and natural environments, in addition to introducing capabilities (approaches and tools) that can support coastal prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

    Course Modules include:

    • The Coast, People, and Resilience
    • Risk/Opportunities
    • Coastal Process
    • Coastal Built Environments (Risks & Opportunities
    • Capabilities (Approaches and Tools)
    • Strategies and Administration

    If you are on the water this Spring and Summer - know the risks, and how to avoid them, too.

    Prerequisites: Participants should comprehend basic map-reading, including orientation, interpretation of a legend, location of potential projects on the map, interpretion of distances, and extrapolation of three-dimensional features from a two-dimensional map.
    Requirements: None
    Provider: UH-NDPTC
    Delivery Method: Instructor Led. If you are interested in having this course delivered in your area, please contact your State Administrative Agency (SAA) through the FEMA Emergency Management System. Step-by-step instructions are available at: https://www.firstrespondertraining.gov
  • 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

    NATIONAL OCEANS MONTH, 2015

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    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.

    BARACK OBAMA

  • 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.

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  • Gone Fishing

    Spring and Summer bring fish. Fishing isn't a dangerous sport, but as with any activity, especially activities held in the ever-changing out-of-doors, there are some safety tips which should be followed. Fishing has some unique hazards and injuries. (After all, you aren't likely to get mosquito bites and fish hook injuries at a quilting bee, now are you?)

    Fishing is relaxing and fun! Anyone can learn to fish. Fishing is also a great way to experience the out-of-doors by itself or in combination with boating, picnicking, camping, hiking, and viewing wildlife.

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    Here are some simple Fishing safety tips...

    Using Tackle Safely:

    • Always handle fishing tackle responsibly.
    • Make sure to look behind you before casting so that your hook will not catch a power line, tree, or another person.
    • Don't leave your tackle lying on the ground. Someone may trip and fall on it, step on a hook, or even break your tackle.
    • If a hook is deep inside of a fish's mouth, don't put your hand inside. Instead, use some kind of a hook remover to carefully remove the hook. If this doesn't work, cut the line as far back as you safely can to release the fish.
    • Always remove hooks and lures from your line and store them in your tackle box when moving your equipment.

    Whenever around water, small children should wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) that fits properly.

    Know how to properly use the rescue devices.

    Stay seated as much as possible while in a boat.

    Never overload a boat. Know how much weight your boat can safely carry and always evenly distribute your load.

    Do not use drugs or drink alcohol when boating. Over half of all drowning victims were using alcohol or drugs.

    Remain a safe distance from low water dams and other restricted areas.

    Keep your eyes on the weather. Leave the water before storms arrive. If on the water and caught in a storm, make sure your life jacket is on and cautiously travel to shore and beach the boat.

    Travel slowly in shallow areas and areas of flooded trees.

    When traveling at night, be sure your running lights are on so others can see you.

    Always wear sunscreen on exposed areas like your face, neck, and hands. The sun 's rays can damage your skin and give you a painful burn.

    Wear a hat. Hats keep your head cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They also can help keep the sun out of your eyes and protect your head from hooks during a stray cast.

    Protect the only eyes you have by wearing some kind of glasses. Sunglasses protect your eyes from hooks and the sun's harmful rays. Polarized sunglasses also help you see below the surface of the water to see fish and other objects.

    Shoes should always be worn whether fishing on shore, in a boat, or wading in the water. Stray hooks, glass, sharp rocks, and other objects on shore and in the water could cut your bare feet. In a boat, shoes designed to keep your feet from slipping in a wet boat could help prevent you from taking an unexpected dip into the water.

    Always dress for the weather and be prepared for sudden changes.

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

    Make sure all required equipment and a Boat first-aid kit are in the boat before going fishing. When an emergency happens, you don't want to have to go back to shore to get what you forgot.

    • Wear your life jacket. Always.
    • Make sure your boat has ALL required safety equipment.
    • 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.


    Take a Friend Fishing!! Fishing with a friend makes for twice the fishing fun while also making for a safer trip.

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