US Coast Guard
The US Coast Guard has a terrific Boating Safety website. Never go to sea unprepared! Visit this site and make sure you know how to boat safely and what to do in case of an on-the-water emergency.
US Coast Guard i911 Program
Use your cell phone to help the USCG locate you in emergencies
First Coast Guard District command center crews, from Maine to Northern New Jersey, have a new tool to help distressed mariners come home to their families after being out to sea.
The i911 program allows for watchstanders to use a mariner’s cellphone number to assist in finding their location for Coast Guard rescue crews to locate them faster. Once the number is entered, the mariner receives a text message authorizing them to share their location with the U.S. Coast Guard. Once shared, the internal cell phone’s GPS, which uses satellites to pinpoint the mariner’s location, is displayed on a screen for watchstanders to aid in the search for them.
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a good resource for the Tide, Water Level, Temperature, WInd information you need to make it safely to your destination or win that race. Remember: Be safe; FIle a Sail Plan.