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Be Whale Wise

Be Whale Wise

With boating season kicking off, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Be Whale Wise and other partners are reminding boaters this season to do their part to follow regulations that support Southern Resident killer whale (SRKW) survival. By following...

How Do Whales and Dolphins Sleep?

How Do Whales and Dolphins Sleep?

Whales and dolphins must come to the surface of the water in order to breath or they will drown. Unlike humans on land who breath automatically when asleep, whales must make the conscious decision to breath; so how do whales get any sleep? Evidence and studies...

Providing Relief During Covid-19

Providing Relief During Covid-19

Boaters and the Boating Industry Providing Relief During Covid-19Decades from now when your grandchildren and greatgrandchildren ask you about the world-wide 2020 Covid-19 pandemic crisis, will you have a story to share? Will it be a story of great...

SR3 – Sealife Response + Rehab + Research

SR3 – Sealife Response + Rehab + Research

Did you know that SR3has established their first marine animal rehabilitation center in Washington State on the grounds of Des Moines Marina? Yes, SR3has signed a lease agreement with the City of Des Moines, and their new facility is now in place. The...

WTH Is This and What Do I Do With It?

WTH Is This and What Do I Do With It?

First Aid Kit Essentials for Recreational Vessels By Annie Feyereisen  RN Let me ask you this, would you buy a live cow if you lived in a studio apartment, were vegetarian and didn’t even drink milk? Hopefully not, unless you are just crazy like that or...

Be Plant Aware While Hiking

Be Plant Aware While Hiking

Most boaters love hiking through the forests, valleys, and along river trails of the Pacific Northwest, and we are often reminded to “be bear aware,” but how many of us are “plant aware?” How many of us can identify the plants we should stay away...

Dodd Narrows Securité – When Not to Announce

Dodd Narrows Securité – When Not to Announce

During the prime cruising season, twice a day around slack water at Dodd Narrows, Channel 16 is filled with Securité announcements from traffic passing through the Narrows. Many of these announcements are transmitted with the boat’s VHF radio on 25-watt...

Steps for a Man-Overboard Situation

Steps for a Man-Overboard Situation

It will never happen to me... We never plan to fall in and end up in the cold water of the Northwest and British Columbia. But it happens and in most cases everything ends up OK. Every once in a while we hear about someone ending up in the water and an...

Does Potable Really Mean it is Safe?

Does Potable Really Mean it is Safe?

“Is your water potable?” That’s often one of the first questions boaters ask marinas when cruising Northern BC Coast, the Broughton Archipelago and sometimes even in the Gulf Islands. Boaters often find a ‘boil water’ notice or ‘not-potable’ sign at water...

Prepare Your Vessel for an Emergency

Prepare Your Vessel for an Emergency

Prepare Your Vessel for an Emergency What is your backup plan if YOU are the one with a medical emergency? It was a sunny, windy day on the Strait of Georgia when the channel went silent after a distress radio call went out on VHF 16. "Coast Guard, Coast...

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

When cruising in Canada, we often see the boats of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue at marinas up and down the BC Coast. Once in a while, we see them out on the water training or performing a rescue mission. They are well-equipped and...

USCG Auxiliary Vessel Safety Inspections

USCG Auxiliary Vessel Safety Inspections Safety on the water is top priority. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is committed to this goal and they offer free vessel safety inspections to help boaters stay safe. If your vessel passes inspection, you’ll receive...

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