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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Heavy rains and high temperature are fueling the growth of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, in water bodies around the state, so the Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and Health Services are teaming up to present an informational webinar about the health risks of blue-green algae. Some blue-green algae can cause

tags: Education, Environmental Impact, Safety

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Alcohol and boating is a dangerous combination on the water, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Alcohol use while boating is the leading factor in boater deaths nationwide. Last weekend during Operation Dry Water, which is a nationwide crackdown initiative aimed at removing impaired boaters from public

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Lake Erie, Law & Politics, Safety

Friday, June 29, 2018

Just like Americans’ hectic Thanksgiving Day holiday travel habits, July 4 is recreational boating’s biggest holiday of the year. The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water predicts crowded launch ramp and marina facilities with significant recreational boat traffic congestion on lakes, rivers and

tags: Safety

Thursday, June 28, 2018

New York Sea Grant is partnering with the Pennsylvania and Lake Champlain Sea Grant programs and New York State Parks to remind dog owners to enjoy the water this summer, but remember to stay smart, safe, and informed about algal blooms and their impact on people and pets. “Harmful algal blooms, also known as HABs, are dense

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Great Lakes, Kids & Pets, Lake Ontario, Safety

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Weems & Plath is pleased to announce that the award winning CrewWatcher MOB alarm is now available in-stores and online. This man overboard alarm system, demonstrated at the Annapolis Fall Boat Shows and Progressive Miami International Boat Show, can now be found for purchase at both your favorite marine store and online at

tags: Accessories, Safety

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Your boat is worth so much — emotionally, spiritually, not to mention the dollars, of course. Yet, theft is a real possibility and a comparatively small investment could save you “boat loads” of future hassle. Enter the MiniTrax™ compact GPS satellite tracking system from AtlasTrax. At only 3” x 2”

tags: Electronics, Safety

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Mustang Survival®, the North American brand known for innovative solutions for the most demanding marine environments, has created a comprehensive Guide for PFD Inspection and Maintenance (available for download) for recreational boaters in recognition of National Safe Boating Week (May 19-25, 2018). As warmer weather spreads

tags: Clothing & Shoes, Kids & Pets, Safety

Friday, May 11, 2018

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation recently announced its 2017 Recreational Boating Report. The state reported 22 fatalities in 2017 – the same as 2016 – which had placed the Empire State 31st in the nation for boating fatalities. In 2017, unregistered craft (kayaks, canoes, stand-up

tags: Safety

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Over April 21-22, Bayview Yacht Club, organizer of the ever-popular Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, hosted (with help from Detroit Yacht Club) a US Sailing Safety at Sea Course that literally swept away its 130 participants with a loaded schedule of activities geared toward managing risk and avoiding danger during racing or

tags: Education, Events, Safety

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The truth is not all dogs can swim, and those that can aren’t all great swimmers. Additionally, water or weather conditions can cause problems, even for a pet that is typically a strong swimmer. Any dog can get fatigued or disoriented and older dogs, especially, can tire easily. Pets with low body fat can have trouble when

tags: Kids & Pets, Safety