I want to see this so badly. This sums up everything. We are all connected and that’s why we should be taking care of, not just one another, but the wonderful creatures that inhabit this Earth. We are the only ones that can change it!
Here at Sheltered Cove Marina, we have collaborated with Coast Boating School, to bring safe boating courses to Tuckerton. Every month, we hold 2-day safe boating courses that are available to the public. Reading the following information really drove home the importance of boat safety for me. The following was reposted by me, originally posted by BoatSafe Blog. I hope you take the following information into consideration the next time you board your vessel.
Total boating fatalities last year rose to 758, the highest number on record since 1998, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s official 2011 Recreational Boating Statistics.
From 2010 to 2011, total reported accidents decreased less than one percent from 4,604 to 4,588, deaths increased 12.8 percent from 672 to 758 and injuries decreased 2.3 percent from 3,153 to 3,081. Property damage totaled approximately $52 million. The fatality rate measured 6.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels, a 14.8 percent increase from last year’s rate of 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.
Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed and machinery failure ranked as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents. Alcohol use was the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 16 percent of the deaths.
Seventy percent of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, 84…
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Growing up, I lived on a lagoon. I was raised in a quiet little town that bordered the bay. Though we were right across the bay from Long Beach Island, our town was a quiet one, with not much to do. We had to be creative in order to keep entertained. I remember picking leaves and berries from the various trees in my yard and making “magic soups” in the street. Or climbing over the outdoor shower with my neighbor and pretending we were on a completely different planet. Yet, the best way for us to have fun, was always on the water.
Looking back, I have to laugh at some of the things we did. My neighbor Billy and I would pile seaweed on our heads and pretend we were the creature from the black lagoon. Swimming under docks was another favorite activity of ours, especially when the tides were high. As a matter of fact, sometimes the tide would get so high, it would rise a good foot above the “low dock.” We would run as fast as we could and try to trick ourselves into thinking that we didn’t know the dock was ending up ahead.
We did a pretty good job of staving off the boredom…most of the time. Sometimes, however, we had to resort to mud-throwing contests. This was not so much a contest, as it was us picking up the biggest handful of smelly, mucky bay bottom we could, and tossing it at our bulkhead. Along with seaweed, this delicious smelling stuff made its’ way onto our arms and heads. Yikes! Regardless of the fact that I wouldn’t dream of doing this today, I look back on these times as some of the best.
Good times were great because of those lagoons, but when things were bad, the water was there for me yet again. Moving to L.B.I in my early teens, the ocean was as close and accessible as the lagoons had once been. As you could imagine, teenage years can be tough for a young girl…and they were! Just taking a quick walk down to the beach was enough to comfort me. Little did I know, the contentment I felt standing before the ocean, was just a glimpse of what was to come. I can honestly say, those were my first experiences with being truly present.
I didn’t know what it was, only that the ocean seemed to soothe my pain. It didn’t click yet that the quiet, reflective time was a huge part of it. However, the sound of the ocean, its sheer beauty, and underlying symbolism, acted as a vehicle for those moments of clarity. I don’t know where I’d be if it weren’t for those nights with cool sand between my toes, the brilliant moon shining overhead, and the hypnotic waves rolling in. I guess that’s why I wasn’t just raised BY the bay, I was RAISED by the bay. I really wouldn’t have it any other way! So tell me, how has the water moved you?
Everyone has something they like to do, maybe many things. Activities that bring us joy and allow us to express ourselves can be fantastic outlets or stress-relievers. Unfortunately, more and more, we’re too busy to stop and enjoy the little things.
We all have responsibilities in our day-to-day routines. Many of us feel as though we never stop, endlessly running around doing what we HAVE to do. Those things are important, don’t get me wrong, but so is time to relax…decompress.
Taking a few moments a day to just BE, can be so beneficial, especially when considering the effects that stress has on our lives and our health. Doing something you love and find joy in, can be a perfect way to do just that. So let me challenge you this month and ask you to try something new. Even though I know you lead a busy life, I want you to put aside a little time each day for yourself. Cruise out to the bay a little early and catch the sunrise, stroll along the beach in bare feet and feel the sand between your toes (before the sand gets too hot), or just find a quiet bench and reflect on what you desire most.
I am sure you have heard of the Neighborhood Watch. This is a concept that was organized officially in the 1960’s after the rape of Kitty Genovese. The reason for this was the bystanders who did nothing to stop the crime they were witnessing. However, this is not a new idea. There have been night watchmen dating back long before that tragic instance.The Neighborhood Watch has been quite successful at staving off crime over the years. This concept has now come to the sea. With over 95,000 miles of shoreline and over 300,000 square miles of waterways, lakes, rivers, and bays, it is nearly impossible for the Coast Guard to watch over all of it. That’s why they’re asking for your help!
I’m talking about America’s Waterway Watch. This outreach program is designed to notify the authorities of any suspicious behavior on or near the water. I first found out about this program on BoatSafe Blog. This blog is full of great information for anyone who loves to be on the sea. However, I would like to delve into this topic a little deeper.
People behaving suspiciously is a little vague, so first lets talk about areas that are considered potential targets of terrorism or other crimes. Bridges, tunnels, and overpasses are the biggest concern. Take note of any suspicious behavior in or near a port, fuel dock, marina, or cruise ship. Power, oil, or chemical plants, as well as water intakes are also considered potential targets. Military bases and vessels, other government facilities, and security zones are sensitive areas too.
Now that you know what locations need your alert attention, lets discuss what KIND of suspicious behavior we can be on the lookout for.
- Anyone engaged in surveillance of potential targets like those we mentioned
- Anyone taking notes, shooting video or photos, making sketches, or asking a lot of questions about a facility like those we mentioned
- Unusual night operations, diving, fishing, hunting, anchoring, or passing through a place that makes no sense
- Abandoned/unmanned vessels
- Vessels with too many people on board
- Lights flashing between boats
- People recovering or tossing items overboard or onto the shoreline
- Missing lighting or fencing around sensitive areas
- People putting up businesses or stands around potential targets
- Flying private aircraft around said facilities
If you notice any suspicious behavior while on or near the sea, DO NOT confront them yourself! Simply note the time, location, and any additional details you feel would be useful. Then, immediately call 9-1-1 or the Coast Guards’ 24 hour hotline: 1(877) 24-WATCH That’s 1(877) 249-2824. The Coast Guard can also be contacted on Channel 16 for these matters of sea security.
There are a few other ways to keep yourself safe.
- Secure and lock your boat when it’s not in use.
- Always take your keys so nobody else can use it.
- Make sure to disable the engine when you store or trailer your vessel, ensuring it is not easily moved.
You can help in a big way with just a little bit of awareness! I hope this has been helpful. Comments or additional suggestions are welcome.
You know, there’s a lot to be said about location. If the location is wrong, the feeling is wrong too. That’s why I love this place…it’s beautiful location! Don’t get me wrong, the staff here are fantastic and friendly, but where the marina is located is amazing. I feel like I’m at home here. If you’ll endulge me, there’s something almost feng shui about the whole yard. There’s a wide-open view ahead, yet it’s tucked away in its’ own cove.
I find it intriguing that this place seems so fitting for peaceful downtime, as well as big social gatherings. In my opinion, it’s one huge reason (of many) to frequent the numerous events held here throughout the spring and summer seasons. It’s not easy to find a place that is big enough for large events like these, let alone a place with some ambience to set the mood. The whole point to holding these gatherings is to set the stage for actual human interaction, which can be scarce these days. Love my blogging, but we need to see each other face-to-face every now and again. Simple connections like these can be so powerful and help someone in a time of need. Speaking of help, I could sure use yours! Are there any tips or creative ideas that you’ve discovered when planning your outdoor get-togethers? What activities did you find to be most popular? What kind of location did you choose?
We’re getting ready for our summer boating season and can’t wait to blog about all of the great events we’ll be hosting. This will be our first season blogging and we’re excited to have such a wonderful resource to stay connected with all of you! As always, we invite all constructive feedback. It’s the reason we’re able to constantly improve the quality of our services. How many bloggers will be enjoying our beautiful coast this summer? What will you be doing?