Alaska Sea Grant in the News


Sea Grant debuts new book devoted to boating safety

Date: May 13, 1999
Contact: Sherri Pristash, 907-474-6707

FAIRBANKS, Alaska--Each summer, thousands of novice boaters head for the nation's rivers, lakes and coastal waterways with scarcely a clue about safe boating. The results are sometimes tragic.

But it doesn't have to be that way. A few minutes with Water Wise, the latest safe boating guide from the Alaska Sea Grant Program, can save recreational boaters time, trouble and money. And it can help make boating a safe, memorable adventure.

Water Wise is a new, comprehensive book devoted to recreational boating safety. The U.S. Marine Safety Association and the Alaska Sea Grant Program collaborated to publish the book. Sea Grant is a nationwide network of marine research and education programs funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Author Susan Clark Jensen lives in Sitka, Alaska, where she trains safety instructors and teaches for the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA).

Author Jerry Dzugan is the director and safety training coordinator with AMSEA, and an affiliate faculty member of the University of Alaska Southeast. He's been a commercial fisherman, charterboat operator and emergency services instructor. He's also received awards from the Alaska Safety Advisory Council, National Safe Boating Council, National Safety Council, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Marine Safety Association. He makes his home and maintains his sailboat in Sitka, Alaska.

Water Wise is designed to meet the needs of novice and veteran boaters alike. It is written in a straightforward style with dozens of photos and graphics throughout the book's 200 pages.

Chapters cover preparations for a safe trip, reading the weather, survival on the water, first aid, fire fighting and prevention, personal flotation devices, rescue signals and communication electronics, safe seamanship, and several other major topics.

More specifically, Water Wise will teach recreational boaters how to:

  • Safely bring another vessel under tow.

  • Choose, operate and maintain EPIRBS.

  • Administer CPR and first aid.

  • Build a shelter, signal for help and avoid paralytic shellfish toxin, hypothermia, dehydration and other dangers.

  • Select the right personal flotation devices for themselves and their passengers.

  • Read the weather and make adjustments to their float plans.

  • Safely recover someone who has fallen overboard.

The suggested retail price is $19.95.

May 22-28 is National Safe Boating Week. With millions of boaters--thousands of them first-time boaters--getting ready to take to the water this summer, Water Wise comes along at just the right time!

For more information contact Sherri Pristash at 907-474-6707, or toll free from the United States (including Alaska) and Canada, (888) 789-0090. Or check out Water Wise on Sea Grant's website.

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