(WASHINGTON) – The Coast Guard is scheduled to release its first boating safety App Saturday as the kickoff to this year’s National Safe Boating Week.
The Boating Safety Mobile app was not designed to replace a boater’s marine VHF radio, which the Coast Guard strongly recommends all boaters have aboard their vessels.
Officials say the App was mainly designed to provide additional boating safety resources for mobile device users.
Features will include:
- State boating information
- A safety equipment checklist
- Free boating safety requests
- Navigation rules
- Float plans
- An Emergency Assistance button
When location services are enabled, users can receive the latest weather reports from the closest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather buoys, as well as, report the location of a hazard on the water.
The Emergency Assistance button will call the closest Coast Guard command center to assist what is needed.
Personal information is stored on the phone but 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.
National Safe Boating Week takes place May 16th – 22nd, which is an annual event that encourages all boaters to practice safe boating.