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Summer of Boating Safely Contest

Posted By Gail Kulp, Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Updated: Monday, June 1, 2020


Sea Tow Foundation’s Summer of Boating Safely Contest

 The Sea Tow Foundation – a national nonprofit dedicated to the education and awareness of safe boating practices – is announcing their “Summer of Boating Safely,” a new contest designed to further its mission.


The Sea Tow Foundation’s mission is to promote safe boating practices that directly reduce accidents, deaths, and property damage related to recreational boating. The Summer of Boating Safely contest will encourage boaters to raise awareness of their safe boating habits and share their selfie video entries via social media. The contest provides a unique opportunity to win prizes by letting boaters show off their own boating safety habits. Some of the prizes include: inflatable life jackets from Onyx outdoor, a Cobra floating VHF radio, a WASP Action Sports Camera and more!


“We know that boating can be a wonderful way to relax and take advantage of the beautiful weather around you, but we want everyone to experience it safely,” said Gail Kulp, executive director of the Sea Tow Foundation. “This contest was put in place to educate boaters everywhere. The best part is that everyone can help us in our mission with just a simple post on their social media account and they may even win a prize.”


Participants can enter by taking a selfie video answering the question of the month and posting it to Facebook or Instagram with a tag to @SeaTowFoundation and the hashtag #summerofboatingsafely. And because this summer is different from all previous summers, entries can be recorded on a boat or in a backyard. On the 15th of each month, one random winner will be chosen from the entries received during the previous month. For a full list of rules, click here.


·         Memorial Day: Contest runs from May 25-June 30, winner chosen on July 15

o   Question to answer: What is something you do to boat safely that you wish everyone would do on the water?

·         Independence Day: Contest runs from July 1-31, winner chosen on August 15

o   Question to answer: What do you tell guests on your boat so that everyone on board is boating safely?

·         Labor Day: Contest runs from August 1-September 7, winner chosen on September 15

o   Question to answer: What three items are on your checklist for boating safely?


Now that boating season is officially here, take a moment to showcase your own boating safely skills to the world and try to win some cool prizes at the same time!



Tags:  2019-20  Boating Safety  Contest  Prizes  Summer of Boating Safely 

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Sea Tow Foundation Appoints Seven New Members to North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council

Posted By Gail Kulp, Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Press Release

Sea Tow Foundation Appoints Seven New Members to North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council   

The Sea Tow Foundation has appointed seven new marine industry stakeholders to serve on its North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council which was established in 2019. This new slate joins a dozen inaugural council members and will collaborate on a variety of strategies and tactics to promote greater awareness and adoption of boating safety initiatives and messages both within the recreational marine industry and the boating consumer space.


“We couldn’t be more pleased about the overall composition and the depth of experience in our newly appointed council members,” said Sea Tow Foundation Executive Director Gail R. Kulp  “We were very impressed by the quality of the nominations and the resulting expanded representation that embraces new segments of the marine industry including insurance, podcasting, personal watercraft and sailing.”


New inductees were voted in by the North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council and will serve a two-year term beginning June 1, 2020. Appointees are listed below in alphabetical order:


·         Adam Fortier-Brown, Government Relations Manager, MRAA

·         TK Krumenacker, CEO, Admirals Insurance Corp

·         Tyler Mehrl, Category Manager/Steering and Controls, Mercury Marine

·         Mark Pillsbury, Editor, Cruising World Magazine 

·         Angie Scott, Podcast Host, The Woman Angler & Adventurer

·         Eric Shepard, Retired (30 years in the marine and aviation safety industries)

·         Leslie Zlotnick, Advertising Manager, Yamaha Watercraft Group


About the Sea Tow Foundation North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council

Launched in 2019, the North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council now includes 19 members representing multiple sectors of the recreational boating industry along with an executive task force. In its first year, the council organized and debuted its first National Boating Industry Safety Awards to recognize the outstanding work of recreational boating organizations in promoting boating safety. The council is actively engaged in supporting a variety of safe boating initiatives including the Sober Skipper Program which encourages boaters to be or to designate a Sober Skipper before leaving the dock. The ultimate goal of the Sober Skipper Program is to eliminate the number of boating accidents and deaths related to Boating Under the Influence on North American waterways.


For more information about the North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council, please visit:


To learn more about the Sea Tow Foundation’s Sober Skipper Program, please visit

Tags:  2019-20  Boating Safety  Boating Under the Influence  NASSAC  North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council  Sober Skipper 

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Get a Sea Tow Membership

Posted By Gail Kulp, Friday, May 22, 2020
Updated: Thursday, April 9, 2020

May 22- Get a Sea Tow Membership

Thank you for staying safe and following along during all of National Safe Boating Week. Did you guess our secret phrase?

The secret phrase was SEA TOW.

That’s right! We want to encourage everyone to renew or secure a Sea Tow membership before the start of the summer boating season.  Sea Tow Captains are standing by 24/7/365 to answer your call and provide peace of mind to boaters.

As the non-profit side of the Sea Tow family, the Sea Tow Foundation focuses on safe boating practices that result in fun on the water in the hopes of preventing recreational boating accidents and fatalities. We hope you learned some new boating safety tips this week

Tags:  2019-20  Boating Safety  National Safe Boating Week  Sea Tow Services International  Towing a Boat 

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Wearing Life Jackets is Important

Posted By Gail Kulp, Thursday, May 21, 2020
Updated: Thursday, April 9, 2020

May 21 - Wearing Life Jackets is Important

Life jackets save lives, but only if they are worn. The U.S. Coast Guard requires children under age 13 to wear them, but anyone older is just required to carry life jackets on board, although a few activities like water skiing require that they be worn. It is best to always wear a life jacket, regardless of this requirement, because you never know when you’ll need one and finding one and putting it on takes too long in an emergency.

It’s also just as important that your life jacket fits properly. Having the wrong size life jacket can prove fatal if you needed it because the life jackets are sized for a certain amount of foam to float a person based on their weight. And, the life jacket fits based on the chest size measurement of the person as well. Click here to learn more about how to properly fit a life jacket on yourself and your children.

If you don’t have enough life jackets for everyone on board or they aren’t the correct sizes for everyone on board, you can stop by a Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Station and borrow one for free! Our life jacket loaner stations are stocked with Onyx brand life jackets in sizes to fit every member of your family from babies to adults. Simply return the borrowed life jacket at the end of your boating trip so that the next person can use it.

The letter for today is W.

Tags:  2019-20  Boating Safety  Life Jacket Loaner Program  Life Jacket Program  Life Jackets  National Safe Boating Week 

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Open a Book and Learn About Boating Safety

Posted By Gail Kulp, Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Updated: Thursday, April 9, 2020

May 20 - Open a Book and Learn About Boating Safety

How long has it been since you opened a book or a web browser to brush up on your boating safety skills? Today, we challenge you to do just that. Learn a new boating safety fact, take a boating safety class, read your boat or engine’s manual, or learn about general boat maintenance. You never know when you’ll have to put the tips into practice, so it is a good idea to learn about them when it isn’t an emergency. You can even log onto our website at where we provide lots of tips and boating safety information.

There are so many resources that we can’t share all of them, but our partners at America’s Boating Club offer online courses on power boating, sailing, fishing and paddling, plus the chance to get together with other boat lovers on a regular basis. Whatever your boating lifestyle, they have you covered.

Once you’ve completed the course – Open your email and share with us what you’ve learned! 

Today’s letter to the secret phrase is O.

Tags:  2019-20  America's Boating Club  Boating Safety  Boating Safety Course  National Safe Boating Week 

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Text Someone Where you are Going

Posted By Gail Kulp, Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Updated: Thursday, April 9, 2020

May 19 - Text Someone Where you are Going


Texting or telling someone your float plan for the day ensures that if your boat excursion extends longer than planned or if you run into trouble, someone will know where you were headed and have an idea of where to send rescuers to look for you.

Thousands of hours and dollars are spent searching for missing boaters each year. While many of these searches are for a good reason, a number of them are due to the fact that no one knew when the boaters were supposed to be back or where they were going in the first place.

Taking five minutes to fill out a float plan would have prevented many of these needless searches or allowed rescuers to narrow down the area in which they are searching. The purpose of a float plan is to explain where you plan to boat, how long you will be gone, and when you plan to return. In addition, you should provide a number to call if you fail to return by the appointed time. You should give your float plan to a trusted friend or family member staying on the store. And, at the end of your boating trip, don't forget to call your friend or family member to let him/her know that you made it home safely. Click this link to the US Coast Guard Auxiliary's Float Plan Form. Please note that this is not filed with the Coast Guard and will still need to be printed and given to a friend or family member.

Today’s letter is T.

Tags:  2019-20  Boating Safety  Float Plan  National Safe Boating Week  US Coast Guard Auxiliary 

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Attach an Engine Cut Off Device

Posted By Gail Kulp, Monday, May 18, 2020
Updated: Thursday, April 9, 2020

May 18 - Attach an Engine Cut Off Device

When you get in a car, you buckle up your seatbelt before you drive anywhere. Similarly, before driving a boat, the operator needs to attach an engine cutoff device before turning on the boat’s engine. The reason why an engine cut-off device is so important is that it will stop the propeller from moving if someone were to fall in the water.

In most boats, a lanyard is available at the helm and it is supposed to be attached to the boat operator’s wrist or life jacket. Many find this restrictive and it only works if the operator is thrown overboard, so wireless options have been created to allow protection for the operator and all of the passengers.

FELL Marine is a close partner to the Sea Tow Foundation and they provide a vast array of wireless man overboard systems. In fact, Sea Tow captains use FELL Marine’s MOB+ system because they are often away from the helm as they are drawing tow lines or providing a jump start, and yet they are protected from an accidental propeller strike because they are wearing a FOB attached to their life jackets.

Today’s letter is A. Are you any closer to guessing the mystery phrase?

Tags:  2019-20  Boating Safety  Engine Cutoff Device  Fell Marine  Lanyard  National Safe Boating Week  Propeller 

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Emergency Signaling Devices are Required

Posted By Gail Kulp, Sunday, May 17, 2020
Updated: Thursday, April 9, 2020

May 17 - Emergency Signaling Devices are Required

If there is an emergency on your boat, it is time to signal for help! This may mean using a flag, a whistle, a horn, or a mirror, but the most commonly carried piece of emergency signaling equipment is a set of flares. However, there are two issues with flares. 1) Where to store them to keep them dry and yet easily accessible and 2) They expire after 3 years and need to be replaced.

First, you need a kit that will be resourceful in the toughest of situations – that’s where Life Cell Marine comes in with its variety of floating boxes. These boxes are designed to hold all of your safety equipment in one place so it’s easily accessible and all equipment remains operational in the event that your boat sinks because the boxes float!

Sirius Signal Distress Signals replace the one-time use of your typical pyrotechnic flares with a single U.S. Coast Guard approved SOS distress device. This electronic flare is easy to spot and operate and it never expires. Sirius Signal also features an alert app – which helps communicate float plans, provides instant communication of location and the graphic indication of an SOS distress call.

Now that you’re ready in case of an emergency with your Emergency Signaling Device – are you ready to guess our mystery phrase too? Today’s letter is E.

Tags:  2019-20  Boating Safety  Emergency Signaling Devices  flares  Life Cell Marine  National Safe Boating Week  Sirius Signal 

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Sober Skippers Belong on Every Boating Trip

Posted By Gail Kulp, Saturday, May 16, 2020
Updated: Thursday, April 9, 2020

May 16 - Sober Skippers Belong on Every Boating Trip

A full day in the sun enjoying the open water is on the agenda. Your friends are invited and everything is ready to go, but first, before the day gets started, you need to know who is your sober skipper? Let’s make that plan now! 

Launched in 2015, the Sober Skipper program encourages boaters to be or to designate a sober skipper before every boating trip in an effort to eliminate accidents and deaths related to Boating Under the Influence (BUI). Sober Skippers are identified by wearing a yellow wristband indicating that the person has accepted the responsibility before the boat leaves the dock and that the Sober Skipper is a qualified, non-alcohol drinking operator in charge of the boat.

 Sober Skipper wristbands are free and can be requested online at

One of the biggest supporters of the Sea Tow Foundation’s Sober Skipper program has been Freedom Boat Club. Designed for folks who want to access a versatile fleet of boats on a regular basis, at an affordable cost of entry, Freedom Boat Club is part of 150 groups in 145 cities across 29 states. They collaborate with the Sea Tow Foundation to promote the Sober Skipper Program in each of their local communities.

The wind, vibration, noise, and the sun that you experience while boating can impair balance, coordination and concentration all on their own. Adding alcohol or drugs intensifies these effects. And since alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in boating accidents every year, it is critical to ensure that every boat has a Sober Skipper at the helm.

And in case you missed it, today’s letter is S.

Tags:  2019-20  Boating Safety  Freedom Boat Club  National Safe Boating Week  Sober Skipper 

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Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day

Posted By Gail Kulp, Friday, May 15, 2020
Updated: Thursday, April 9, 2020

May 15 - Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day

Today is the annual Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day and the unofficial kick-off to National Safe Boating Week. Life jackets save lives and this fun day helps remind everyone to ensure their life jacket is ready for the summer season. Since we’re all practicing social distancing and many of us are working from home these days, we’re asking you and the people living with you to put on your life jacket and take a group photo! Then, head over to our Facebook page and share your life jacket photo!


National Safe Boating Week is a focused, week-long event that brings safety awareness to boaters prior to the start of the summer boating season. This year, National Safe Boating Week will be celebrated from May 16-22, 2020 and the Sea Tow Foundation has created a fun daily activity for you and your family. Starting tomorrow, we’ll be talking more about how to keep boating fun and safe each day during National Safe Boating Week, but each day provides a clue that you will use to guess what the mystery phrase will be at the end of the week.


Are you up for the challenge?

Tags:  2019-20  Boating Safety  National Safe Boating Week  Wear Your Life Jacket  Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day 

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