Boat crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Seattle speak with local boaters about proper safety equipment during an inspection on Lake Washington during Seafair festivities in Seattle, Aug. 6, 2016. Now in its 67th year, Seafair is an annual Seattle event that celebrates summer in the Pacific Northwest. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Zac Crawford.

Coast Guard keeps watch during Seattle’s Seafair weekend

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lara Davis. The 67th annual Seafair Weekend on the water, land and in the air took place August 5th through 7th, 2016. Seafair is considered by many to be one of the fun ways […]

Coast Guard’s prevention mission brings Columbia Cup spectators home safely

U.S. Coast Guard story by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read When 70,000 people are expected to converge onto or near the banks of the Columbia River, somebody is responsible for their safety. The Coast Guard would be that somebody. […]

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!