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USCG Boating Checklist Made Simple

Forestville, WI – The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is often misunderstood. A boater in peril sees an orange vessel or aircraft and knows help is inbound. A boater up to no-good sees that same orange and squirms. But there’s so much more to the USCG than saving lives and running down bad guys.

Did you know that the USCG is one of the five branches of the United States military. (Yes, now five, with the creation of Space Force.) Did you know there are over 40,000 active USCG personnel? And did you know USCG has a volunteer corps called the Auxiliary? Their job is providing resources and personnel to support operations, safety, security, and environmental protection, including the Office of Boating Safety.

In this educational video from Outdoors Education Network and sponsored by the Future Angler Foundation (FAF), USCG Auxiliary member Bob Woche runs through a vessel inspection with a pair of inquiring young minds.

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Moreover, the video is part of a FREE comprehensive and accredited lesson plan for students, fishing clubs, youth groups, or anyone who wants to educate others about boating safety.

“At FAF, our mission is to help recruit, retain and reactivate recreational anglers and boaters,” states the organization’s president, Patrick Neu. “With our school curriculum video segments, accompanied by detailed lesson plans, we’ve made it easy for teachers to access fun and informative classroom video content that helps connect students with the sportfishing community and the great outdoors.”

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The Future Angler Foundation (FAF) is an incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation formed in April of 2012. The FAF’s mission is to “Create New Anglers and Boaters” through its support of angler education and boating safety programs hosted by passionate, knowledgeable volunteers throughout the U.S. and through its “Getting Families Fishing” initiative, a series of free source digital educational programs developed to engage young anglers and boaters as they educate them about angling in an exciting, informative, and effective manner.  More information about the FAF can be found online at

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