America’s Waterway Watch

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America’s Water Watch

The Coast Guard is one of the nation’s five military services. We exist to defend and preserve the United States of America. We protect the personal safety and security of our clients; the marine transportation system and infrastructure; our natural and economic assets; and also the territorial integrity of our nation–by both internal and external threats, man-made and natural. We protect these interests in U.S. ports and inland waterways, along the coasts, on international waters.

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    Port & Waterway Security

    Defeating terrorism requires an integrated, comprehensive strategy that maximizes effectiveness without duplicating efforts, which is the reason why the Coast Guard maintains law enforcement teams dedicated to fighting terrorism on our oceans.

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    Marine Safety

    The Coast Guard investigates maritime accidents, merchant ships, offshore drilling units, and marine facilities. Additionally, the Coast Guard is responsible for licensing mariners, documenting U.S. flagged vessels, and implementing a variety of security programs.

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    Search & Rescue

    Search and rescue (SAR) is one of those Coast Guard’s oldest missions. Warding off the loss of life, personal injury, and property damage by helping boaters in distress has ever been a top Coast Guard priority.

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Coast Guard Training

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What sort of experience do Coast Guards have in training?

Basic training for the Coast Guard can be a gruelling experience for those who enter it. Just like training for the Air Force, or the Navy, the Coast Guard has its recruits undergo thorough training that will equip them with the skills that are needed to face any situation that they encounter.  They often train with archery related activities, including hunting. Coast Guard training occurs in New Jersey in Cape May. All of the recruits that enter into the Coast Guard are sent there for training. And they will spend a total of 53 days in Camp May. During each week the recruits are there, they will encounter a lot of training, and this post will break down their training week by week.

First week

Week one for Coast Guard Training starts with processing and ensuring that you are prepared for the actual program. Recruits may undergo medical screening to ensure that they are fit enough to serve in the Coast Guard or even complete the training program. This is the time when recruits will also receive their uniforms for the coast guard. During the first week, recruits will also be assigned to a team and be assigned a company commander as well. Once again, they participate in training exercises involving archery and shooting.

Second Week

Further training with learning to work with a team is emphasized in week 2. During this week of Coast Guard Training, recruits will also begin their intensive physical regimen. They will be asked to run a mile every morning the moment they wake up. Recruits will also be asked to dive into the water from a six-foot platform. They will also be asked to swim 100 meters every day. During this second week of training, they will also be given their rifles, which weigh around 9 pounds. This is a week that the recruits will also begin their rifle training as well. Basic training in the classroom will also include the insignia and ranks of the Coast Guard, etc.

Third Week

The 3rd week is basically a continuation of what you did in the previous week. Recruits will slowly begin to get used to their new workout routine, and command structure of the coast guard as well.

Fourth Week

This is the week wherein you will undergo a lot of tests. The fitness test will be conducted during this week, and it will act as a sort of mid-term examination. And if you do end up passing the physical fitness examine, you will then be able to fill in your ideal location for where you want to be posted in your first time serving in the Coast Guard. Another test that recruits will undergo is the sharpshooting test. If you score high enough in the shooting test, you may be assigned as a sharpshooter in your team. Further hands-on training will also be conducted such as working on a seamanship.

Fifth to the Seventh week

During weeks 5 to 7, recruits will undergo an even more intense workout training compared to the previous weeks. In this period of time, recruits may begin acting like they are used to being in the Armed Forces for the very first time. And training will progress into even more practical things during this week. Recruits may be taught first aid and even watch standing during their sixth week. They may also be taught about the military entitlements that they avail of, in order to help them with their career in the military. During the 7th week, preparations will also be made to prepare recruits for the inevitable graduation during the 8th and final week of Coast Guard Training. These sorts of preparations can include travel arrangements for upcoming postings and other kinds of practical things. During this time, the posting and the future team for the new recruit will already be decided. This will ensure that the recruit will have somewhere to be assigned to after they have already left Camp May.

Eighth week

The final week is also the graduation of the Coast Guard Recruits. Graduation in Camp May is usually on the Friday of the eighth week. It will usually be an outdoors graduation at Camp May too. The families of the recruits may also be invited to attend the event. Overall, the graduation week is a very proud time for everyone involved including the training staff at Camp May too?

These are all of the steps that Coast Guard recruits will experience during their training. From arrival to graduation, each and every person in the Coast Guard has experienced all of this. So they are all competently trained and can handle any situation that may arise whenever they are on the job.

Water Sports for the Summer

What are some water sports to try out this summer?

On lakes, rivers or by the sea, the summer can be spent very pleasantly, if you try out a bunch of different water sports. And there are many different sports that you can do.

Although swimming is fun and you can do it in the vast majority of waters – that is not the only thing that you can do on the water. You will become very happy if you try out different water-related activities such as rowing, stand up paddling or wakeboarding will give you a lot of entertainment. But those are not the only activities that you can do on the water, here are some other water sports that are worth checking out.


Wakeboarding is similar to waterskiing – you can pull yourself off a boat or lift and do daring jumps. The keel shaft of the boat or hills at the wakeboard lift are used as take-off ramp. Similar to snowboarding you stand on the board sideways to the direction of travel. Not only does this sport teach you to keep your balance, it also trains many different muscle groups, and is thus a very good activity for the body.

Diving or snorkelling

If you want to explore the depths of lakes, rivers or the sea, you have to be very healthy. In the suitability test for sea diving, they will check out your lung, heart, ears, and even sinuses. All of these should not cause any problems when you go diving. In general, divers must be physically strong and able to swim longer distances. In diving, especially the leg and especially the calf muscles are stressed, to a lesser extent also arm and back muscles too

If you do not want to go down so deep, you can snorkel instead. You can get close to the marine life that is swimming around in whatever body of water that you are snorkelling in.


Humanity has been using canoes to travel on the water for some several thousand years. One difference between kayaks and canoes is that kayaks that are closed at the top and the rower’s legs are hidden inside, and Kayaks are open at the top. In contrast to rowing, canoeing does not use the power of the legs – the sport builds up arm, abdominal , shoulder and back muscles . There are canoes for 1 to 4 people. If you prefer a bit more adventurous, you can practice canoeing in white-water rapids.


You can sail alone in a small dinghy or together with a team on a larger sailing ship. Sailing challenges your own skills and it trains you to keep your balance. The entire body is used in trying to maintain the course of the sailboat that you are on.




Rowing does not only strengthen your arms – almost the entire body is trained in performing the rowing movements, making the sport unique. Shoulders, stomach, legs, buttocks, and back muscles are strengthened. In addition to building muscle, the cardiovascular system is also strengthened. Rowing can be done alone or in a team of up to 8 people plus a helmsman.


Top 5 Best Boat Manufacturers across the World

Best Boat Manufacturers

If you love water transport, then you must probably be owning boats and might be interested in buying a new one as well. Here are the top 5 boat manufacturing companies that you must have a look at.

Best Boat Manufacturers

List of the Best Boat Manufacturers:


Bayliner has been in existence since the year 1957. Having manufacturing units and selling points in more than 60 different countries, Bayliner is so far the largest manufacturer of recreational boats. The most favorite product of the Bayliner product range that many people prefer is the 175 Bowrider, though there are about 25 different types that come under this banner. This is because 175 Bowrider has been designed keeping in mind the needs of a first-time user. So this boat has earned unanimous love and support from all boat lovers.

Chris Craft:

Chris Craft was founded in the year 1922 under a different banner, and this brand came into the picture in the year 1924. This is probably one of the long-time boat manufacturers that still exist in the market successfully. Chris Crafts emerged into the market as the toughest competitor for other boat manufacturers after the launch of their mahogany-hulled power boats that was in production for almost 30 years that is from the beginning of the 1920s to the late 1950s. The best part of the Chris-Craft boats is that they are designed as products that quench your desire for boats, and that is what makes Chris Craft boats majestic on the sea.

Sea Ray:

The next on the list is Sea Ray. Sea Ray has a large range of boats both for sports and recreational purposes. Most Sea Ray boats are tough, solid and are designed to stay calm without oscillation or disturbance even in the toughest weather. This is one reason that is making most boat lovers pick a Sea Ray over other brands even today. Its strongly built body and the rugged hold it has on water has made it a tough competitor for other boat manufacturers in the market.

Formula Boats:

Formula Boats is a brand owned by Thunderbird Products. Formula oats manufacture a large range of boats, yachts, sports boats among others. The best part of this brand is that customers can make design their own boats by telling their manufacturers like, dislikes and requirements, which means Formula boats have come up with custom-made boats as well. Formula Boats is an US-based company, however, has its branches all over the world. There are about 22 different models that are manufactured under this brand.

Boston Whaler:

Boston Whaler is an American boat manufacturing company based in Florida. The brand came into existence in the year 1958 and was founded by Dick Fisher. Though they were first manufactured in Massachusetts initially, the production activities were then shifted to Florida where it is present even today. All boats that are manufactured in Boston Whaler are boats that are made of Fiberglass.

Role and Significance of Coast Guards

Coast Guards

One among the noble professions of the society is the role of a coast guard. The nobility of a profession is determined based on the number of lives it can save and the work that the people of the profession render to uplift the lives of the individuals in society. In that regard the role of a coast guard in protecting and uplifting the society is vast, and thereby it is important that we a little more into the profession to understand the role and importance of a coast guard in the modern society.

Coast Guards


Coast Guards are not one of those professionals who existed right from the beginning of time as in a doctor or a teacher. This profession came into existence just about 210 years back in the year 1809. When the profession came into existence it was only a cop-based profession, a job that was launched to take care of the goods in the port and prevent smuggling activities. Later on the role and the job profile of a coast guard was expanded making it one of the prominent professions of the environment.

Role of a Coast Guard:

Apart from protecting the sea trade, from trafficking and other smuggling activities through the sea, coastguards are also assigned with other tasks. Let us see them one by one.

Search and rescue:

Coastguards are the first people to enter into the issue if there happens to be any man missing case. This has become quite often in the recent times. People tend to travel without proper protection in the waterways and might face trouble. In case if there is any relevant alarm, coastguards arrive at the spot to search and rescue the person.

Keepers of law:

Coastguards are entrusted with the task of making sure that the Maritime Law of the land is properly adhered to by the people who are a part of the sea. Maritime law, also known as the Admiralty law, was enforced to protect the rights of the sea traders and protect business activities ships, shipping or crimes. It also has under its purview the protection of conventions, agreements, and treaties that are made with regard to sea trade and naval practices.

Border control and vessel safety:

Just like land borders, there are also jurisdictions and boundaries in water bodies, which belong to a country. As far as the law is concerned the geographical boundary of a country always includes their line of control over sea area as well. This is called border control. Apart from this task, coast guards also ensure the safety of the vessel and other goods that belong to the seaports of their jurisdiction.


Though maintenance of seamarks is a separate task taken care by the naval officers and coast guards, they are very much relevant to border control and maritime law maintenance tasks as well. Seamark is nothing but protecting the navigation marks of the borders of the nation.


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