New: There’s An App for That!
WASHINGTON, 13 May 2015 — The Coast Guard is scheduled to release its first boating safety App Saturday as the kickoff to this year’s National Safe Boating Week.
The Boating Safety Mobile app was not designed to replace a boater’s marine VHF radio, which the Coast Guard strongly recommends all boaters have aboard their vessels. The app was mainly designed to provide additional boating safety resources for mobile device users.
The app will be available on the Apple and Google Play online stores.
Features of the app include: state boating information; a safety equipment checklist; free boating safety check requests; navigation rules; float plans; and calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity. When location services are enabled, users can receive the latest weather reports from the closest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather buoys as well as report the location of a hazard on the water.
The app also features an Emergency Assistance button which, with locations services enabled, will call the closest Coast Guard command center.
The app is self-contained, so personal information is stored on the phone and is not sent to the Coast Guard unless the user chooses to send it. The Coast Guard does not track a user’s location, and the app does not track a user’s location unless the app is being used. The app was developed over a two-year period with BastayaPR, a non-profit organization in Puerto Rico.
National Safe Boating Week, which takes place May 16 – 22, is an annual event that encourages all boaters to practice safe boating. For more information on National Safe Boating Week as well as general boating safety information, please visit http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/ and http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org.
For more information on the app, please visit http://www.uscg.mil/mobile or contact Lt. Anastacia Visneski at (202) 372-4648.
Welcome to the US Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Recreational Boating Safety Outreach Directorate. We’re the part of the Auxiliary that works with other organizations to promote safe boating. Here are a few items you’re probably looking for (or should be):
Boating safety class finder: Locate a course near you.
Federal safety equipment requirements for vessels: Don’t get caught without the right gear. These are Federal minimum requirements – state and local laws and common sense may dictate carrying additional equipment.
Float plan: Let someone trustworthy know where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
Oil discharge placards: These are required on vessels over 26 feet.
Flare disposal: Don’t throw them in the trash!
VHF radios: Learn how to use the radio the right way.
VHF DSC radios: What are these, and do you need one?
Recreational boating accident form: Nobody wants to fill one out, but everyone should be familiar with it.
If the links above don’t cover what you need, try the links in the left-hand column or browse our document library. The latest Coast Guard Auxiliary recreational boating safety news appears on our news page, and another trove of information resides at the Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety.
If your organization would like to collaborate with the Coast Guard Auxiliary to teach and encourage boating safety, take a look at our Boating Safety Partnerships wiki and see what we can do together.