Last Minute Gift Ideas from the Coast Guard & Coast Guard Auxiliary

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The U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary would like to offer a few last minute holiday gift ideas for the boater in your life. Some of the most valuable gifts don't cost anything but time, such as scheduling a free vessel safety check with the local Coast Guard Auxiliary. An auxiliarist will ensure compliance with federal, state and local safety requirements before getting underway.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary would like to offer a few last minute holiday gift ideas for the boater in your life.

Some of the most valuable gifts don't cost anything but time, such as scheduling a free vessel safety check with the local Coast Guard Auxiliary. An auxiliarist will ensure compliance with federal, state and local safety requirements before getting underway.

For more information visit: http://safetyseal.net/

Another gift idea is to sign up for a boating safety course. Course topics include basic boating knowledge, laws, navigational rules and problem solving. To learn more, visit the USCGAUX Boating Safety Class page at: http://www.cgaux.org/cgauxweb/classes/master.shtml.

Some other gift ideas which can be found at any

boating supply store include:

  • Sleek, light-weight, inflatable personal flotation devices (PFDs)
  • A carbon monoxide detctor
  • Emergency signaling kits -- flares, signal mirror, whistle, etc.
  • Kill switch leash -- kills the engine if the boater falls overboard
  • Up-to-date navigational charts
  • Navigation tools and calculators
  • Hand-held VHF marine radio with extra batteries
  • Personal emergency position indicating radio beacons
  • Tool kit and spare parts for boats
  • First Aid kit, sun screen, sunglasses, food and

water.

The Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary recommend such gifts in the effort to save lives and reduce mishaps on America's waterways.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the

volunteer civilian component of Coast Guard Forces. Founded in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and re-designated the Auxiliary in 1941, the 35,000 members donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

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