Saturday, August 27, 2011









U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs









August 27, 2011
Bill Swank
Public Affairs Officer
305-588-7173
bswank@auxpa.org
http/cgaux.org



News Release


U.S. Power Squadrons, Coast Guard Auxiliary to boost boating safety efforts



CHARLOTTE,N.C.– The U.S. Power Squadrons (USPS) and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will increase their coordinated safety efforts among America’s recreational boating community under a new agreement that broadens cooperative efforts in vessel examinations, public affairs and education. The agreement was signed today at the Auxiliary’s national conference – NACON 2011 – in Charlotte.

Recreational boating is one of the most popular outdoors activities in the United States. In 2010 there were nearly 12.5 million registered boats, with many millions more that are not required to be registered by states or the U.S. Coast Guard. That same year, the Coast Guard recorded more than 4,600 accidents involving 672 deaths, 3,153 injuries and approximately $35.5 million in property damage. The majority of these accidents happened on boats operated by individuals who had received no boating education.

The U.S. Power Squadrons and the Coast Guard Auxiliary are committed to changing this reality through increased boater education, vessel examinations and public boater safety awareness events.

“With this cooperative effort we will reach out to the growing population of recreational boaters providing needed training and vessel exams to keep them safe on the water,” said Jim Vass, Auxiliary National Commodore.

"The USPS is proud to continue our partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as we continually strive to improve the boating experience for recreational boaters,” noted Frank Dvorak, USPS Chief Commander.
The United States Power Squadrons is the nation’s largest nonprofit recreational boating organization with a presence in all 50 states plus the territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as well as Japan. There are more than 40,000 members in 400 squadrons and 33 districts worldwide. For more information about the U.S. Power Squadrons visit http://www.usps.org

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary, America's Volunteer Guardians, supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service's missions. For more information about the Coast Guard Auxiliary visit
http://www.cgaux.org/





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Monday, August 15, 2011

Coast Guard Auxiliary to hold national conference in Charlotte



U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs






August 15, 2011
Contact: Bill Swank
Public Affairs Officer
305-588-7173
bswank@auxpa.org
http/cgaux.org


News Release


Coast Guard Auxiliary to hold national conference in Charlotte


CHARLOTTE, N.C. –As many as 500 members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as well as members of other country’s Coast Guard auxiliaries from as far away as Australia -- are expected to converge on Charlotte next week when the organization hosts its national conference – NACON 2011 The convention, an annual event for more than 35 years, runs from August 24-28 at the Westin Charlotte, 601 South College Street.

“Each year, we try to hold our conference in a new, exciting venue and Charlotte offers a beautiful hotel in a downtown setting, with so many unique attractions and excellent airline service,” said Ernie Davenport, the Auxiliary’s 2011 conference organizer. “The brand new NASCAR Hall of Fame is only three blocks from the conference hotel and the U.S. National Whitewater Center is just a short drive away,” Davenport noted, citing just two of the interesting venues that make Charlotte an attractive convention destination for the Auxiliary.

In spite of a weak U.S. economy and high unemployment, volunteerism remains strong in America – and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s over 30,000 members continue to volunteer millions of hours of their time in support of the Coast Guard and recreational boating safety. Auxiliary members are well on the way to providing nearly three million hours of volunteer support to the Coast Guard in 2011.

In addition to holding business meetings, the conference will feature workshops and training sessions, including paddlesport safety, aquatic nuisance species, navigation systems, vessel safety examination processes and boat operations training. A special guest speaker at the Commodore’s Banquet August 27 will be Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O’Hara, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, created by an Act of Congress in 1939, is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard across all mission areas. For more information on the Coast Guard Auxiliary and a flotilla near you, visit cgaux.org.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Score a "Touchdown"- When Choosing a Life Jacket

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs






August 2, 2011
Contact: Anthony Turner
Phone 310-488-0723
aturner@auxpa.org
http://auxpa.org



News Release



Score a “Touchdown” – When Choosing a Life Jacket


WASHINGTON-There’s no doubt that life jackets save lives. An average of nine people a day in the United States die as a result of drowning - deaths that could have been prevented. But a life jacket that does not fit properly can put a person at risk of drowning. Proper fit is imperative for safety on the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has a few tips to follow when choosing a life jacket.

· Choose only a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved life jacket, and the correct size for the weight of the person. The USCG stamp of approval, size, whether it is for a child or an adult, and appropriate weight of the wearer should be listed inside the jacket. A person’s chest size and stomach size may come into play when selecting the right life jacket.

· Use the “touchdown” test to see if your life jacket fits properly; Lift your arms above your head as if calling a touchdown. The chest portion of the jacket should not touch your chin when you look left, right or over your shoulder. If the jacket passes this test, it most likely fits. If possible try it out in shallow water. The life jacket should not ride up on your body. However, ride-up may happen if your stomach is larger than your chest.

· Weigh a child and measure for chest size under the arms before shopping for a child’s life jacket. A properly fitting jacket should be snug but not tight.

· Check for proper fit of a life jacket on a child. Wearing the jacket, the child should stand normally with arms at his or her sides. Grab the jacket at the shoulders and firmly lift up. The jacket does not fit if it moves more than three inches up and down the child’s body during the test.

· Ensure a life jacket for an infant or child has a crotch strap to help keep the life jacket on, an oversized float collar to help keep the head out of the water and a grab loop for easier water rescue. All straps should be intact and fastened at all times.

What is the safest life jacket? In terms of risk of drowning, the safest life jacket is the one you’re willing to wear! There are many good choices to keep safe on the water. Some of the choices are a better for certain situations than others, and therefore the choices are explained in the "Think Safe" life jacket pamphlet that is sold with every US Coast Guard approved life jacket. By reading the pamphlet, you can understand how to safely have fun on the water.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer Component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary, supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions.

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