Coast Guard Launches Boating Safety App


Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard will release its first boating safety app to kick off the 2015 National Safe Boating Week, which starts May 16. The app is mainly designed to provide additional boating safety resources for mobile device users, and is available on the Apple and Google Play online stores.

Features of the app include:

  • state-by-state boating information
  • a safety equipment checklist
  • free boating safety check requests
  • navigation rules
  • float plans
  • calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity

When location services are enabled, users can receive the latest weather reports from the closest weather buoys, as well as report the location of a hazard on the water.

The app also features an Emergency Assistance button that allows the user to contact the closest Coast Guard command center when location services are enabled.

The app is self-contained, so personal information is not sent to the Coast Guard unless the user chooses to send it. The Coast Guard does not track a user’s location, and the app does not track a user’s location unless the app is being used.

For more information on the app, CLICK HERE or contact Lt. Anastacia Visneski at (202) 372-4648.