Edward Schulman (left) and Garrison Bromwell (right), members of Washington-based Coast Guard Auxiliary flotillas, discuss boating safety tips to share with the public during the Seattle Boat Show at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Jan. 23, 2015. Auxiliary members and other recreational boating safety experts manned a boater education center at the boat show to encourage mariners to prepare early for the summer boating season. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer.

Boat Safety: Important in any season for any type of vessel

Before you take your shiny new boat or kayak on its maiden voyage, take the time to research and obtain the proper safety equipment. The same is true for seasoned boaters pulling vessels out of winter storage. You can’t predict what will happen on the water, but you can greatly reduce your chances of needing to make a last-minute mayday call. Read more about resources and opportunities to prepare for your upcoming season on the water!