Have you been struggling to find the perfect gift for your friendly fisherman or avid boater? You can give them a gift that will keep them safe while they are out on the water this season. From stocking stuffers to safety seminars, safety is the gift that’s in season.
- First aid kit in a water tight container – First aid kits provide boaters with a variety of medical supplies to use in case of emergency.
- Nautical charts – Nautical charts of local areas can provide boaters with safe navigational routes in unfamiliar areas or in the case of GPS failure.
- Sound producing devices – Navigation rules require sound signals to be made under certain circumstances; all boaters should have them on board.
- Visual distress signals – Pyrotechnic devices, distress flags, distress lights and signaling mirrors provide visual ways for boaters to get attention when in distress. All boaters should be able to signal for help. Signaling devices are recommended when operating on all open bodies of water.
- VHF marine radio – Radios allow boaters to contact other vessels or the Coast Guard when in need of assistance. New VHF and HF radiotelephones have digital selective calling capability which allows boaters to instantly send an automatically formatted distress alert to the Coast Guard or other rescue authority anywhere in the world.
- Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon – EPIRBs are specialized radio transmitters that are designed for use in situations of grave or imminent danger or when lives are at risk. Remind the recipient to register the EPIRB or rescuers may be delayed in responding.
- Fire extinguisher – It is recommended that extinguishers be mounted in a readily accessible location on all vessels. Consider locations where the extinguisher can be reached easily; for example, at or near the steering station or in the galley or engine room, but away from locations where a fire may likely start.
- Life jacket – All recreational vessels must carry one wearable life jacket for each person aboard. Life jackets must be U.S. Coast Guard approved, in good, serviceable condition, and the appropriate size and type for the intended user.
- Throwable device – Throwable devices are intended for use anywhere. They are designed to be thrown to a person in the water and grasped and held by the user until rescued.
- Boating safety education – Free Coast Guard Auxiliary boating courses provide instruction to boaters at all levels, from the fundamental to the advanced.
No matter what level of enthusiasm or how many years your loved one has spent on the water, any of these items can help make boating a safer, more enjoyable experience. Consider giving the boating enthusiast in your family a life saving gift this holiday season.
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