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New Boating Law Requires Use of Engine Cut-Off Switches (ECOS)

U.S. Coast Guard requirement became effective April 1, 2021.

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Safe Boating During Social Distincing

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America's Waterway Watch Program
Sea Scouts and the Auxiliary
Life Jacket Primer & Inflatable Life Jackets
Paddlecraft Safety Information
If Found Vessel Identification Sticker
U. S Coast Guard App
Urgent USCG Marine Safety Alert
Take My Flairs, Please
Radio Communication For Recreational Boaters
The National Safe Boating Council
Safe Boating Kid Site
USCG Office of Boating Safety
Flotilla Finder Using Zip Code

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America's Waterway Watch Program

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 Join Waterway Watch -- The U.S. Coast Guard needs your help with Homeland Security in the marine environment.  That's why WATERWAY WATCH was established and 1-877-24 WATCH is the number to call when you see something suspicious on our waterways (Call 911 directly in the event of immediate threat or danger!).  In this post-attack atmosphere, we can no longer say, "That could never happen."  We don't know what can happen and what can't - even at a quiet marina or serene waterway.  Learn more about WATERWAY WATCH and how you can become part of the Operation Patriot Readiness III team by viewing this presentation. Click here to go to America's Waterway Watch website.

Click Here To view the America's Waterway Watch Informational Video

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Sea Scouts

Sea Scouting is the Coast Guard Auxiliary's official youth program and is a Boy Scouts of America program for young men and women, ages 14 (or 13 years of age and completed eighth grade) through 20. Sea Scouts provide a program for religious, fraternal, educational, and other community organizations to use for effective character, citizenship, and mental and personal fitness training for youth. As part of this training, Sea Scouts are expected to develop personal religious values, learn the principles of American heritage and government, and acquire skills that will prepare them to become successful adults.

The advancement scheme for Sea Scouts places an initial emphasis on nautical skills before encouraging the youth to take a major role in planning activities in the unit. Young men and women ages fourteen through twenty who are willing to abide by the requirements of BSA membership, including agreeing to live by the ideals expressed in the Scout Oath and Law and Sea Promise are eligible to join a Sea Scout Ship. Ships are administered by volunteers with the assistance and support of some paid professional staff.

As of September 2018 all Sea Scouts and Sea Scout leaders are automatically Associate Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association unless they choose to opt out. Any Sea Scout who is at least 14 years old or Sea Scout leader may also choose to become full members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary by following the normal application process.

For more information please contact our Flotilla Staff Officer Auxiliary Scout - Ian Riddell

Sea Scouts and the Coast Guard Auxiliary Video

This Is Sea Scouts! Video

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Life Jacket Primer

This Link will take you to a PDF document on changes to life jackets

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Inflatable Life Jackets: Everything You Need To Know (9 min)

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Paddlecraft Safety Information

Paddlecraft Safety Information & Videos

Paddlecraft Safety Seminars Coming soon

Paddlecraft Covid 9 Guidence

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Vessel Identification Stickers for Canoe, Kayak, Rowboat or Standup Paddle Boards

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For more information and to request a sticker please click here.  This is a PDF 5 slide presentation.  Last slide has ordering information.

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U. S. Coast Guard APP

Click Here or on App Image in Menu area for Android and iPhone/iPad downloads

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URGENT USCG MARINE SAFETY ALERT

Walter Kidde has issued a recall of 134 different models of Kidde brand fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver cylinder colors and are rated as either ABC or BC.  The extinguishers were sold  nationwide online and at  brick and mortar outlets. 

The hazards associated with the recalled fire extinguishers are that they can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

All persons owning fire extinguishers are urged to read Coast Guard Marine Safety Alert 12-17 for additional information on the recall and how to obtain a free replacement.

All are also encouraged to check the fire extinguishers aboard your vessels, and in your vehicles and homes to determine whether they are subject to this recall.   

Additional information is available on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website

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Take My Flares, Please!

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Here is what you need  to do with those expired pyrotechnic flares, which the Coast Guard requires to be replaced every 3 to 4 years.

Pyrotechnic flares are classified as hazardous waste, so you cannot dump them in the trash, shoot them off like fireworks, or fire them at sea (unless it’s an emergency!). So, what is a mariner to do?

The Maine’s Fire Marshal has a solution!

State Fire Marshal Joe Thomas encourages boaters to call his office at (207) 626-3870. His staff will collect and transport expired flares to an EPA-approved kiln that had been purchased to incinerate fireworks and other incendiary devices. This service is free to boaters.

The Fire Marshal's office will pick up flares during the months of May and October.  You can call that Fire Marshal's office any time to have you name added to their list. They will take your name and phone number and call you back shortly before they come out to collect the flares.

***Recently expired Flares may be kept as backup and need not be disposed of!***
*** As long as you do have the required non-expired flares on board! ***

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Radio Communication For Recreational Boaters

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  Click Here For the Tutorial

Click Here for information on getting a MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity)

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The National Safe Boating Council

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Safe Boating Kidsite

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USCG Office of Boating Safety

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FLOTILLA FINDER USING ZIP CODE

Click Here  to find a Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla near you.

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