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Old 02-12-2019, 08:54 AM
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Great Idea!

Learned from my father and quite a bit of time on the waters starting on canoes, Jon boats, and moving up to larger boats.

Attended Sea School in St Pete Fl 4 years ago and went ahead and got my OUPV done.
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:09 PM
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I would like to suggest this thread actually be made its own forum. That way when someone ask about a specific safety/rules question others can find it without scrolling and reading 125 pages in this thread. Each question will have it’s own thread and it will be much easier to find answers to questions already asked.
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by leonreno View Post
I would like to suggest this thread actually be made its own forum. That way when someone ask about a specific safety/rules question others can find it without scrolling and reading 125 pages in this thread. Each question will have it’s own thread and it will be much easier to find answers to questions already asked.
You are the second person to have suggested that. Send the mods a PM and sell them on it. I wouldn't want a forum made out of this thread exclusively, but being a safety guy if we had a safety, education and enforcement sub forum, I'd happily participate.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:48 PM
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Just to add to the original question, I am in the market for my first boat and have spent a good bit of time recently looking for safety information. I'm 30 years old (for demographic purposes) and I've done the majority of my searching on YouTube. There are some decent videos but not nearly as much professional (trustworthy) information as I expected.
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:32 AM
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Originally Posted by BigHungry69 View Post
Just to add to the original question, I am in the market for my first boat and have spent a good bit of time recently looking for safety information. I'm 30 years old (for demographic purposes) and I've done the majority of my searching on YouTube. There are some decent videos but not nearly as much professional (trustworthy) information as I expected.
There are some very good videos out there. You have to search a lot to find them. It'll take some work to build a library, but eventually I am going to.
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by USCG Safe Boating D8 View Post
Let me use this introductory thread to ask you a question. The answers to this question will help me know where to focus much of my effort.

Where do you get boating safety information? I tend to view things through the prism of my own life and experiences, but I may be missing something. Let me refine the question a bit. Boating safety is obviously my job, so I spend a lot of time actively seeking it out. How would the average boater who doesn't seek it out get exposed to recreational boating information of an educational value. I have my own ideas about that, and I'll share them with you, but I don't want to steer your responses.
I grew up with boats in the family and joined the USCG after high school. Spent a little over a year on the deck of a buoy tender (White Sumac) and went on to be quartermaster on a 378 (Munro). I rolled that experience into a 100-Ton Near Coastal. So it found me, not vice versa. For someone who hasn't spent a lifetime on the water and isn't actively seeking it out, I think the big box stores like West are a good source of safety info. Their catalog used to have the "West Advisor" and I always found that information useful. Another avenue would be some YouTube videos specific to particular subjects. The CG Aux also has some really good courses, but since those courses are not mandatory, participation isn't what it could be. I would be remiss in not mentioning this very forum. I've been on here since the beginning and it's amazing the amount of knowledge to be found here. It's the first place I look when I have a question. Paul, I think you have a great idea going here, I commend you.
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Old 02-16-2019, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by loose_cannon View Post
I grew up with boats in the family and joined the USCG after high school. Spent a little over a year on the deck of a buoy tender (White Sumac) and went on to be quartermaster on a 378 (Munro). I rolled that experience into a 100-Ton Near Coastal. So it found me, not vice versa. For someone who hasn't spent a lifetime on the water and isn't actively seeking it out, I think the big box stores like West are a good source of safety info. Their catalog used to have the "West Advisor" and I always found that information useful. Another avenue would be some YouTube videos specific to particular subjects. The CG Aux also has some really good courses, but since those courses are not mandatory, participation isn't what it could be. I would be remiss in not mentioning this very forum. I've been on here since the beginning and it's amazing the amount of knowledge to be found here. It's the first place I look when I have a question. Paul, I think you have a great idea going here, I commend you.
My first CG unit was a buoy tender. The Buttonwood. Deck force earned their money on that boat! Now that you mention it, I always thought those West Advisor articles were useful as well. Short and to the point. I agree with you about this forum too. The amount of knowledge and experience here never ceases to impress me.
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