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  • Alliance for Safe Navigation
    The Alliance for Safe Navigation consists of industry leaders that have joined forces to raise the boating community's understanding of and appreciation for up-to-date navigational information. The alliance encourages mariners to recognize the large number of changes made to their charts and to keep their electronic and paper charts accurate, which is inexpensive and easy to do. St. Paul, Minnesota
    http://www.allianceforsafenavigation.org/
    (Added: Thu Nov 01 2012)
  • America's Boating Channel
    Welcome to America's Boating Channel featuring safe boating videos and boater education digital media created especially for boaters, by boaters. Brought to you by United States Power Squadrons®, America's Boating Channel is produced under a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. For more than 100 years, United States Power Squadrons has been leading the way in boater safety education. And as any one of our members will tell you, an educated boater is a better, safer boater.
    https://americasboatingchannel.com/
    (Added: Sat Jan 23 2021)
  • America's Waterway Watch
    If you are a tow boat operator, a recreational boater, a fisherman, a marina operator, or otherwise live, work or engage in recreational activities around America's waterways, the United States Coast Guard wants your help in keeping these areas safe and secure. You can do this by participating in its America's Waterway Watch (AWW) program, a nationwide initiative similar to the well known and successful Neighborhood Watch program that asks community members to report suspicious activities to local law enforcement agencies.
    http://www.cgaux.org/aww.php
    (Added: Mon Dec 12 2005)
  • American Boat & Yacht Council Inc.
    The American Boat & Yacht Council, ABYC, was created in 1954 as a non-profit organization to develop safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance of boats. The American Boat & Yacht Council, ABYC, was created in 1954 as a non-profit organization to develop safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance of boats. Annapolis, Maryland
    https://abycinc.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • American Boating Association Online
    Working to promote boating safety, affordability, growth and a clean environment. If you have a love of the water and boats, the American Boating Association website has a lot to offer you. Members and non-members alike find tremendous value at the ABA website. Whether you are currently a member or a visitor exploring the site for the first time, you'll benefit from exceptional offers, including affordable boat insurance, boat financing and more.
    http://www.americanboating.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • American Maritime Safety Inc.
    Facilitates the maritime industry's compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations and international protocols.
    http://www.maritimesafety.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • AMSEA: Alaska Marine Safety Education Association
    AMSEA'S mission: Reduce injury and death in the marine and freshwater environment through education and training provided by a network of qualified marine safety instructors. AMSEA is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to developing and supporting a cold water safety information and training network. The network has expanded from its beginning in Alaska to instructors on all four U.S. coastlines. AMSEA's education and training is based on practical information delivered in a hands-on format. It has been proven effective at saving lives. Since its founding in 1985, AMSEA has trained more than 1,000 instructors, and 390 teachers and other youth educators. Each year this network of instructors, supported by AMSEA with equipment and educational materials, provides cold water safety education to more than 10,000 school children, commercial fishermen, recreational boaters and agency personnel each year. Since AMSEA's beginning we have trained over 110,000 people in total. Sitka, Alaska
    http://www.amsea.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • Amver.com - Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System
    The genesis of the Amver system ultimately finds its roots in the RMS TITANIC disaster in 1912. Ships passing within sight of the ill-fated passenger liner were unaware that it had hit an iceberg and was sinking. Upon later investigation, those who had seen the distress flares from the stricken ship admitted they thought they were merely part of the maiden voyage celebrations! However, the resultant idea of a ship reporting system that could identify other ships in the area of a ship in distress, which could then be sent to its assistance, would not become a reality until the advent of computer technology. Originally known as the Atlantic Merchant Vessel Emergency Reporting (AMVER) System, it became operational on July 18, 1958. Today, over 22,000 ships from hundreds of nations participate in Amver. An average of 4,000 ships are on the Amver plot each day and those numbers continue to increase.
    http://www.amver.com/
    (Added: Mon Nov 23 2015)
  • Association of Boat Safety Examiners
    Thank you for visiting the Website of the Association of Boat Safety Examiners (ABSE) where we hope you will be able to find sufficient information to convince you of the benefits of employing an ABSE member when seeking an Examiner or Surveyor to carry out your Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) Examination. The BSS was jointly established in 1996 by the Environment Agency and British Waterways to promote safety on the inland waterways in respect of boats, their installations and components. Meeting these safety standards in order to obtain a navigation licence became a requirement at the same time. To date, more than 45,000 powered craft have successfully met these requirements. Based in the United Kingdom
    http://www.abse.org.uk/
    (Added: Thu Feb 22 2018)
  • Australia New Zealand Safe Boating Education Group (ANZSBEG)
    ANZSBEG was established in 1994 following a national review into safe recreational boating and boating safety education undertaken by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). The objective of the group is to identify national safe boating issues, address them through coordinated public education strategies and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge.
    http://www.anzsbeg.com.au/
    (Added: Fri Jan 23 2015)
  • Australian Maritime Safety Authority
    AMSA is responsible for maintaining and developing a nationally consistent regulatory framework (the National System) that includes standards setting (National Standard for the Administration of Marine Safety, National Standard for Commercial Vessels, National Standard for General Safety Requirements for Vessels) and National System Regulations and Marine Orders. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is the national agency responsible for maritime safety, protection of the marine environment, and maritime and aviation search and rescue. In relation to maritime safety, AMSA accords very high priority to the safety of navigation in Australian waters.
    http://www.amsa.gov.au/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • Boat Ed - Boating Safety Course and Exam
    Official Boater Safety Courses and Boat Safety Education Materials. Recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard, approved by NASBLA and your state boating license agency, and approved by Transport Canada. Covers most states in the U.S. In the United States, more than 40 states have educational requirements for operating a boat or PWC on state waters. In Canada, all provinces have educational requirements for operating pleasure craft. All Boat Ed boating education resources and boater’s license courses have been developed in conjunction with the boating safety agencies responsible for boater education in states and provinces.
    https://www.boat-ed.com/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • Boat Live 365
    Boat Live 365 is a movement to empower recreational boating advocates to create a safe boating culture 365 days a year. Our goal is to curate and create a collection of educational materials and resources for recreational boating advocates that help make our communities, families and friends safer on the water. Boating is at the top of the fun chain, but it's serious fun. When we recognize that, together we can make a difference, 365 days a year.
    https://boatlive365.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 23 2020)
  • Boat Owner's Association of The United States | BoatUS
    Boat Owners Association of the United States. BoatUS provides boat insurance, water & roadside boat towing, boat lettering, & more! Discover why over half a million boaters trust our boating association. The site contains tons of useful information for boaters. Alexandria, Virginia
    https://www.boatus.com/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • Boat Safety Scheme
    The Boat Safety Scheme, or BSS, is a public safety initiative owned by the Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency. Its purpose is to help minimise the risk of boat fires, explosions, or pollution harming visitors to the inland waterways, the waterways' workforce and any other users. The Scheme is administered by Canal & River Trust which is registered charity in England and Wales. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England
    http://www.boatsafetyscheme.org/
    (Added: Sun Mar 03 2013)
  • BoatBeat
    BoatBeat is a national online resource that provides accurate recreational boating information, state and federal resources, and numerous other media assets in one location. It is a collaborative effort with support from the National Safe Boating Council, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
    https://boatbeat.org/
    (Added: Fri May 01 2020)
  • Boating Safety - Coast Guard Foundation
    Boating is a wonderful recreational activity. You can help keep it fun by following basic boating safety principles. Download the Boating Safety Guide and Equipment and Departure Checklists to help you know what safety equipment is required on a boat, as well as preventative measures the U.S. Coast Guard recommends to enjoy a safe boating experience.
    http://www.coastguardfoundation.org/boatingsafety
    (Added: Fri Nov 11 2016)
  • Boating Safety Course Online
    Take a Boating Safety Course and Certification Test online. This boating safety course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard.
    http://www.boatingbasicsonline.com/
    (Added: Wed Nov 19 2003)
  • Boating Safety Tips
    Find everything you need to know about boating safety with these tips from the U.S. Coast Guard and other boating experts.
    https://www.boatingsafetymag.com/
    (Added: Sun Dec 16 2018)
  • BoatOnCourse.com
    Brought to you by the National Safe Boating Council. The goal of BoatOnCourse.com is to introduce and bring awareness to The Navigation Rules.
    http://boatoncourse.com/
    (Added: Sun Mar 18 2012)
  • BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water
    The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is an innovative leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. The Foundation provides educational outreach directly to boaters and supports partner organizations nationwide. With millions of boaters on the water, our aim is to reduce accidents and fatalities, increase stewardship of our waterways and keep boating a safe and enjoyable pastime. Annapolis, Maryland
    https://www.boatus.org/
    (Added: Mon Dec 03 2018)
  • BoatUS Hurricane Tracking & Resource Center
    View the Hurricane Tracking and Resource Center where you can track current storms, receive tips on how to prepare your boat for impending storms and view photos from past storms.
    https://www.boatus.com/hurricanes/
    (Added: Mon Nov 21 2016)
  • BoatUS MMSI Application
    Take the search out of search & rescue! Your VHF radio equipped with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) is the single most important piece of safety equipment you can have on board your vessel. DSC allows the radio to transfer information digitally, not just by voice, and to instantly send a digital distress alert to the Coast Guard. Part of that alert is a nine-digit Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number that identifies your boat. The MMSI number is a bit like a phone number for your boat, and all DSC capable equipment (including AIS units) associated with the specific vessel should use the same MMSI number, since the MMSI serves to identify the vessel, not the equipment. If you sell your boat, the MMSI number is normally transferred with it.
    https://www.boatus.com/MMSI/
    (Added: Mon Nov 21 2016)
  • Bobber the Water Safety Dog
    A kid's water safety site by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Water Safety Program
    http://bobber.info/
    (Added: Fri Dec 06 2013)
  • Canadian Notices to Mariners
    Welcome to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Notices to Mariners (NOTMAR) Web site. It provides you with the necessary information to update all of your charts and nautical publications. It will advise you of our new initiatives, services and also of some important announcements concerning the maritime community.
    https://www.notmar.gc.ca/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons
    We are a nationwide organization of recreational boating enthusiasts with over 26,000 active members. Our instructors help recreational boaters improve their boating safety knowledge as well as their vessel handling and navigation skills. Courses in boating safety, navigation, and boating maintenance provided by local Squadrons coast to coast in Canada and on-line. CPS is the sole provider in Canada of courses and examinations for the Restricted Operator Certificates (Maritime) - VHF radio.
    https://www.cps-ecp.ca/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • Canadian Safe Boating Council
    The Canadian Safe Boating Council is in the business of promoting safe and responsible boating throughout Canada. The Canadian Safe Boating Council was organized in 1991 to improve communications regarding safe boating issues between government departments and agencies servicing recreational boaters' interests and private companies and organizations in the recreational boating field.
    https://csbc.ca/en/
    (Added: Wed Nov 19 2003)
  • Caribbean Safety and Security Net
    The Caribbean Safety and Security Net is primarily an interactive high frequency radio network of cruising yachts which meets each morning on single sideband frequency 8104.0 at 1215 UTC for the purpose of exchanging information with regard to safety and security concerns while cruising in the Eastern Caribbean.
    http://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/
    (Added: Sun Nov 08 2009)
  • Coastguard Northern Region - New Zealand
    Coastguard maintains an infastructure right around the coast of New Zealand to ensure that we are there when the public need us. Coastguard Northern Region looks out for the safety of every person in the Northern part of the country who enjoys any of the region’s harbours, gulf, beaches, and coastline. In addition to patrol and Search and Rescue, we provide a variety of information and educational services designed to maximise your safe enjoyment of the water. Auckland, New Zealand
    https://www.coastguard.org.nz/
    (Added: Tue Jan 19 2016)
  • Commander Bob's Boating Safety Notebook
    With nautical trivia, boating hints and tips, boating weather, a boating checklist, sources for boating courses, marlinespike, personal watercraft, tips for boating safety.
    http://commanderbob.com/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • DAN Boater Travel Safety Association
    The DAN Boater travel safety association provides emergency medical services & travel safety resources to recreational boaters, cruisers, and sailors. We provide emergency evacuation and transportation worldwide, up to $150,000. And you only have to be 50 miles away from home for that to become effective. We've been doing evacuations and transportations in the scuba industry for 35 years and we know there's cross-over between our scuba members into the boating industry so we've introduced the new DAN Boater product for boaters. With more than 35 years of handling medical emergencies around the world, including more than 10,000 emergency medical evacuations, 40,000 emergency calls fielded, and 300,000 medical resource hours on duty, DAN knows how to keep you safe during your travels. Durham, North Carolina
    https://danboater.org/
    (Added: Mon Jan 23 2017)
  • Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona
    The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, a community based organization comprised of parents, health and safety professionals and business leaders, exists to provide a forum to prevent drowning and non-fatal drownings through the promotion of education, legislative action and enhanced product safety. Phoenix, Arizona
    http://www.preventdrownings.org/
    (Added: Mon Jan 05 2015)
  • Drowning Prevention Foundation
    Our mission is to prevent drowning through public education, access to water safety resources, and policy change. The term drowning includes non-fatal near-drownings. San Francisco, California
    http://drowningpreventionfoundation.com/
    (Added: Thu Dec 09 2004)
  • EPA's SunWise School Program
    UV Index Home Page - Developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) and EPA, the UV Index predicts the next day's ultraviolet radiation levels on a 0-10+ scale, helping people determine appropriate sun-protective behaviors.
    http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • Equipped To Survive
    The Definitive Source for Independent Reviews & Information on Outdoors Gear and Survival Equipment and Techniques. Equipped To Survive® is the most comprehensive online resource for independent reviews of survival equipment and outdoors gear, as well as survival and Search and Rescue information.
    http://www.equipped.org/
    (Added: Sat Nov 07 2009)
  • FEMA: Plan, Prepare & Mitigate
    Preparedness from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There are actions that should be taken before, during and after an event that are unique to each hazard. Identify the hazards that have happened or could happen in your area and plan for the unique actions for each. Local Emergency management offices can help identify the hazards in your area and outline the local plans and recommendations for each. Share the hazard-specific information with family members and include pertinent materials in your family disaster plan.
    http://www.fema.gov/plan-prepare-mitigate
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • FleetMon Explorer
    Live AIS Vessel Tracker with Ship and Port Database. Have access to real-time AIS position data, technical information and photos from more than 500000 vessels. Look up ship particulars, their schedules and port arrivals for the coming weeks, or analyze ship trading patterns. FleetMon Explorer is your interactive tool for live AIS vessel tracking. Providing you with a real-time view of the marine traffic, from global overview to the single ship, it is an outstanding and powerful tool for operations monitoring, fleet tracking, logistics scheduling, research and traffic analysis that runs right in your browser. Several map types are available, including satellite maps and navigation charts. Start FleetMon Explorer and enjoy a stunning new perspective on the world of ships! Rostock, Germany
    https://www.fleetmon.com/
    (Added: Mon Dec 16 2019)
  • Float Plan Central
    Welcome to Float Plan Central, a public service of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Department of Public Affairs, and the official site of the float plan--including products and services that support and promote its use. Float plans save lives. Now world's most effective float plan offers unprecedented flexibility, and ease of use. Gone are the days of having to prepare a float plan from scratch each and every time you go boating. Now, you can do it all electronically, using Adobe Reader version 8 or later. You can set up a basic plan ahead of time and save it. Update it when you decide where you’re going to go. Then e-mail the completed plan to whoever you choose to follow up should you not return or check-in as planned.
    https://floatplancentral.cgaux.org/
    (Added: Fri Feb 22 2008)
  • Float Plan Registry
    Free Online Float Plans. Enter your boat, crew, and emergency contact information once and use it on all your float plans. Make your boating adventures safer, use Float Plan Registry to file your next float plan online!
    http://floatplanregistry.com/
    (Added: Tue Nov 27 2012)
  • Foundation for Safe Boating & Marine Information
    Keep abreast of all the latest weather, safety regulations and marine information. Our site makes available: updated local and national editorials, weather forecasts, charts, government incident alerts, local and national notices to mariners, Atlantic and Gulf Coast waterways info, membership news and information, as well as free safety information and posters.
    http://www.boatingandmarineinfo.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • Harbormasters.org
    Home of the North Shore Harbormasters Association, Massachusetts
    http://www.harbormasters.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • Hawaii Ocean Safety Team: H.O.S.T.
    Hawaii Ocean Safety Team (HOST) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote stewardship of Hawaii's waters and enhance ocean safety. Everyone has responsibility for the care of Hawaii's oceans, and as our name implies, we believe this commitment can only be fulfilled by working as a team.
    http://hosthawaii.org/
    (Added: Mon Nov 26 2012)
  • IHS Markit Safety at Sea
    Safety at Sea is the world's only monthly magazine dedicated to global maritime safety, packed with vessel-critical information presented in an engaging and accessible way to capture the attention of crew. IHS Markit Maritime & Trade help you identify growth opportunities, reduce global supply chain risk, improve efficiency and enable risk mitigation. IHS Markit is the leading source of critical maritime & trade insight, successfully enabling organisations, policy makers and security experts to navigate today's complex trading environment. With over 90% of international trade being transported by ship, an in-depth understanding of the shipping environment is vital to successfully manage inter-connecting global supply chains. Safety at Sea is the No.1 choice for shipowners, managers, DPAs and crew to improve the safety and security of their vessels and cargoes.
    https://safetyatsea.net/
    (Added: Sat Dec 14 2019)
  • International Association of Marine Investigators
    Dedicated to combating Marine Theft, Insurance Fraud, and Investigating Boating Accidents to help keep the waterways of the world a Safer Place. The International Association of Marine Investigators mission: To develop and provide high levels of training to law enforcement, insurance investigators, and other marine professionals. Working and training together with both public and private sectors, to combat marine theft, arson, fraud, and other criminal activity in the marine environment. Lohman, Missouri
    http://www.iamimarine.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • International Life Saving Federation
    The International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) is the world authority for drowning prevention, lifesaving and lifesaving sport. ILS leads, supports and collaborates with national and international organisations engaged in drowning prevention, water safety, water rescue, lifesaving, lifeguarding and lifesaving sport. The International Life Saving Federation is composed of national aquatic lifesaving organisations (known as Member Federations) from around the world.
    http://www.ilsf.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • International Shipmasters Association
    The International Shipmasters Association is a voluntary organization of dues-paying licensed professional mariners and others associated with the vessel industry. Our association's roots extend to 1883. Our mission: To be the respected voice of licensed professional mariners in matters related to navigation and safety on waters of the Great lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System. In this process, we work with, and provide input to, regulatory agencies, legislative bodies, industry associations and other working groups on matters affecting navigational safety.
    http://www.shipmaster.org/
    (Added: Sat Jan 11 2014)
  • International SOS
    International SOS is the world's leading medical and travel security services company. We help organizations protect their people across the globe. Our teams work night and day from more than 700 locations in 76 countries. Every day, millions of International SOS members put their trust in us to provide solutions that help them wherever they live or travel, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Through our worldwide network of assistance centres, clinics, and health and logistics providers, we offer local expertise, preventative advice, and emergency assistance during critical illness, accident, or civil unrest.
    https://www.internationalsos.com/
    (Added: Mon Jan 12 2015)
  • Irish Water Safety
    Irish Water Safety is the statutory body established to promote water safety in Ireland. We educate people in water safety best practices. We develop public awareness campaigns to promote necessary attitudes, rescue skills and behaviour to prevent drownings and water related accidents.
    http://www.iws.ie/
    (Added: Wed Nov 19 2003)
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