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Life Jackets for Children

The new “Life Jackets for Children” video shows how to choose the best life jacket for a child and test to ensure its effectiveness. Viewers will also learn learn why teaching a child how to properly wear a life jacket is important. Also featured are valuable tips on special life

Life Jacket Flotation

The new “Life Jacket Flotation” video explains buoyancy — the tendency of a body to float or sink in water. Viewers will also learn about the three basic types of flotation used in U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets. Also featured are valuable tips on which body types are the

How Life Jackets Save Lives

The new “How Life Jackets Save Lives” video shows what life jackets are required on recreational vessels to meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements. Viewers will also learn how life jackets are designed to save lives and how buoyancy is a key to their effectiveness. Also featured are valuable tips on

Choosing the Best Life Jacket

This video shows that all life jackets are not created equal, and which types are most suitable for what on-the-water activities. Viewers will also learn about common misconceptions regarding proper use of life jackets. Also featured are valuable tips for ensuring selection of the best life jacket. Learn more at


This video shows how a DSC-VHF marine radio programmed with a unique nine-digit code called a Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) can help provide for safer boating.


Learn how to secure your boat to a dock, slip, mooring or shoreline, using appropriate lines and knots, and anticipating winds, currents, and expected tides. Also learn how to depart from your boat having checked its equipment.


Learn how to bring your boat to a full, safe stop within twelve inches of a mooring or at an appropriate shoreline without damaging your propulsion unit. Also learn how to ensure the safe disembarking of your passengers and crew.


Learn how to bring your boat to a predetermined point by using a stopping procedure – giving consideration to wind, current, and boat traffic – and coming to a full, safe stop within twelve inches of your docking contact point.


Learn how to prepare your boat for arrival at your destination by readying lines, equipment, and passengers, plus how to check for a clear approach by confirming there are no conflicts with your intended arrival maneuver.


Learn how to respond when a person falls overboard by returning your boat to the person in the water within ten feet in less than a minute–that a successful retrieval begins with a briefing before leaving the dock–and much more.