There are many safety courses offered throughout the country that are ideally suited to teach you how to operate your boat in safety and how to protect your family during an emergency.
You can find a wealth of information offered about boating safety and safety courses, help sites, tips and more by visiting The US Coast Guard.
We also like to explore The United States Coast Guard Maritime Information eXchange of Approved Equipment for a more technical view of approved equipment for commercial vessels and recreational boats.
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Planning a trip out on the water is one of the joyous things a family can do together. And with all the fun, it is important to think ahead on water safety.
Please find some emergency contacts to add to your phone (if you take it). You could even print them and laminate the list for deep storage on the boat. We have also listed some the standard safety equipment you must have onboard. The most complete and current listing can be found by visiting the US Coast Guard. You will want to match up the federal regulations with your boat size.
Dive Emergency: Call Bay Medical Center (850) 747-6000 and ask for the Hyperbaric physician. They are on a 24 hour stand-by for emergencies during non-working hours, nights, weekends and holidays. The Hyperbaric Department stands ready to provide emergency telephone consultation without charge for diving or hyperbaric disorders on a 24 hour basis.
Emergency Phone Listing: When requesting assistance from USCG or FMP please have the following information ready. You could even make and print a premade template for easy use.
U.S. Coast Guard: (850) 234-2475 (850)234-4228
Florida Game and Fresh Water: 1-800-342-1676
Florida Marine: (850) 233-5150 or from a cellular: *FMP
1. Vessel name.
2. Vessel location
3. Nature of problem
4. Any injuries/medical problems.
5. Length and brief description of vessel
6. Owners name and address.
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