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The School on the Water

The School on the Water

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

                        The view while crossing over the Throgs Neck Bridge is breathtaking. Included in the panorama is the school on the water — The State University of New York Maritime College (SUNY Maritime) — and its training ship, Empire State VI. There’s excitement at […]

Teaching Youth Life Values Through Tall Ship Sailing

Teaching Youth Life Values Through Tall Ship Sailing

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. In the summer, many teens look for seasonal jobs while others want to relax with their friends.If the goal is to seek adventure, fun, life lessons, and skills,these can all be found in youth sail training programs. Tall ship sailing onboard a traditional rigged tall ship is “an unparalleled platform upon which social development, […]

Rockin’ Your Life Jacket

Rockin’ Your Life Jacket

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Who in your family wears a life jacket while boating? I’ve met some folks who think everybody should be wearing one. Ro Woodard, Boating Safety Educator for NY State Parks, let me know that in New York State, “Children under the age of 12 must wear a securely fastened U.S. Coast Guard-approved wearable life jacket […]

Keep Your Head in an Emergency

Keep Your Head in an Emergency

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

No matter how prepared you are and no matter how carefully you boat, mishaps happen. What occurs after an accident, however, may make all the difference between a crummy day and a catastrophe. Independent of your circumstances and the nature of your emergency, the most important first action is to immediately notify the U.S. Coast […]

Water Safety Smarts

Water Safety Smarts

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. Do you love to spend time out on the water? No matter how comfortable you feel out there, it is never smart to head out on a boat without knowing how to swim. We don’t want to scare anybody enough to stay inside, but many childhood deaths are due to drowning. The majority of […]

Protectors of Our Waters

Protectors of Our Waters

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Nautical Courtesy

Nautical Courtesy

October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I remember watching Tony Soprano on TV the first time he took his son out in his new cabin cruiser. He shot out of his slip at full throttle, submerging the “No Wake” sign in his wash while capsizing a canoeist and a kayaker. He never looked back, and I shuddered. That’s because the wake […]

Boaters, Prepare for Hurricanes

Boaters, Prepare for Hurricanes

July 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Besides being boating season, it’s also hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center forecasts an extremely active season with an above-average amount of major hurricanes (winds exceeding 74mph) — perhaps as many as nine. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a 70% chance that between three and six of up to 20 named storms […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I’m a citizen of the Czech Republic, and I came to the United States in 1999. One of my first clients was Kevin, who later became my friend. As our friendship developed, he showed me a completely new world of adventure and freedom through boating.

Water Safety

Water Safety

Did you know that drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14? However, it’s not only the young that succumb to the hazards of open water; adults drown each and every year.

A Day in the Life: Tactical Rescue Squad

A Day in the Life: Tactical Rescue Squad

June 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

On a balmy summer night in the Great South Bay, you spot a boater in distress. Shortly after your 911 call, the highly trained volunteers from the Islip Fire Department‘s Tactical Rescue Squad gear up and join with the Coast Guard to commence a rescue operation.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary: A Day in the Life

The Coast Guard Auxiliary: A Day in the Life

February 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Chances are good that if you boat in the waters near East Moriches, you have seen Captain Vin Pica of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA) patrolling in his 26’ Parker. The odds are, if you have seen Captain Pica, you have probably also waved to him like your fellow boaters often do.

Boating with Epilepsy– Take Precautions & Have Fun!

Boating with Epilepsy– Take Precautions & Have Fun!

June 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With 200,000 new cases of epilepsy diagnosed every year, there is a chance that you or someone on your boat may have this brain disorder. Do you know what precautions to take before heading out, and what to do if a seizure occurs? Epilepsy is a neurological condition involving repeated, spontaneous seizures because of disturbed […]

Fighting the Flames:  A Boater’s Guide to Preventing Nautical Fires

Fighting the Flames: A Boater’s Guide to Preventing Nautical Fires

May 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

When Tod Thonger’s water rescue team responded to a local sailboat fire last year, relief circulated throughout the warm, summer air. Moored out in Northport Harbor, a 42’ sailboat had suddenly gone up in flames, and proved to be far too menacing for the U.S. Coast Guard to extinguish on its own.

Who’s Patrolling Our Waters?

Who’s Patrolling Our Waters?

April 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Boaters out on the water may be unaware of all the enforcement and protection units working to keep them safe (and the waterways clean).

Cell Phones vs VHF Radios: Not All Calls Are Equal

Cell Phones vs VHF Radios: Not All Calls Are Equal

April 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

While cell phones do provide the convenience of simple, easy-to-use, inexpensive and generally reliable telephone service to home, office, automobile or other locations, the United States Coast Guard does not advocate cell phones as a substitute maritime radio distress and safety system.

Float Plan:  Don’t Leave Port Without It!

Float Plan: Don’t Leave Port Without It!

July 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Imagine that you’ve decided to take your vessel out solo one day.You board your sailboat, cruiser, kayak or PFD and head to a familiar spot, when all of a sudden the fog rolls in, leaving you disoriented. Your cell phone is not getting any reception and you failed to include a VHF radio in with […]

Storm Preparedness

Storm Preparedness

July 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

If your boat is moored, docked, or stored in a harbor, the threat of severe storms is a real concern. These high-density areas can be disasters waiting to happen because of the close proximity of vessels, faulty mooring maintenance, and a general lack of storm preparedness.

The Bay Constable

October 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The Bay Constable

Boating Emergencies

Boating Emergencies

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Boating Emergencies

Drinking + Boating = Prosecution

July 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Drinking + Boating = Prosecution

The Alder Island Dogs

The Alder Island Dogs

The Alder Island Dogs