Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Boat Safely This Summer With Sea Tow

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sea Tow. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

The Chesapeake Bay

Having grown up on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, I will always be a water baby at heart. Some of my fondest memories were made boating out on the bay, either on my mom's catamaran or my aunt and uncle's speed boat.

My husband and his family enjoy the water as much as my family does, so I've been lucky enough to share my love for boating with them as well.

My Husband and Me Boating in Florida
I was taught about water safety from an early age but even the most cautious and well-prepared person can experience an emergency while enjoying the water. My aunt and uncle were once involved in a very serious boating accident that sent them to the hospital. Thankfully, they eventually recovered from their injuries, but the accident was a harsh reminder of the dangers that can go hand-in-hand with boating.

That's why I was intrigued to learn about Sea Tow and the Sea Tow Foundation.

Sea Tow is the #1 choice of boaters nationwide for on-water assistance. Sea Tow members receive free towing, fuel drops, jump starts, priority service, Automated Radio Checks, 24/7 nationwide coverage, knowledgeable Captains, covered ungroundings, savings and much more.

My Mom's Prindle Catamaran

The Sea Tow Foundation was created in 2007 by Sea Tow founder Joe Frohnhoefer and promotes safe boating practices and education initiatives that directly reduce accidents, fatalities and property damage related to recreational boating. The foundation has distributed close to 15,000 life jackets nationwide to help keep recreational boaters safer on the water with their Life Jacket Loaner Stands. (Click here for a list of Sea Tow Loaner Life Jacket Stand locations.)


My Mom Racing Her Catamaran in a Regatta

Ensuring that every passenger has a life jacket is a vital part of boating safety and is at the top of Sea Tow's First Mate Checklist safety infographic for kids:


I wish a checklist like that had been around when I was a kid! It's never too early to teach these basic safety measures. And I wish my family could have had Sea Tow's service available to us during our many years of boating, especially during my aunt and uncle's accident. Such service is invaluable even for minor emergencies.

My Daughter at the Helm of the Schooner Woodwind in Annapolis, MD


On a much lighter note, every parent knows that snacks are a high priority on the boating checklist! Check out Sea Tow's list of snack ideas to make before heading out for a day on the water. That snack pop recipe looks pretty amazing to me! 

Sea Tow memberships are available in Gold Card for $169 per year or Lake Card for $119 per year. 

Matt and Me on the Schooner Woodwind

I still plan on owning my own boat someday and when I do, I will be sure to become a member of Sea Tow. You simply can't put a price on safety and there's no such thing as being too cautious or too prepared for possible emergencies when it comes to boating.


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