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.
Sea Tow is the #1 choice for boaters nationwide for expert on-water assistance. As a Sea Tow member you receive free towing, fuel drops, jump starts, priority service, Automated Radio Checks, 24/7 nationwide coverage, knowledgeable Captains, covered ungroundings, savings and much more. Sea Tow memberships are available in Gold Card for $169 a year and Lake Card for $119 a year options.
The Sea Tow Foundation was created in 2007 by Sea Tow founder, Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer. The Sea Tow Foundation promotes safe boating practices and education initiatives that directly reduce accidents, fatalities and property damage related to recreational boating. The Sea Tow Foundation has distributed close to 15,000 life jackets nationwide to help make recreational boaters safer on the water with Life Jacket Loaner Stand located Nationwide.
I do not have a Sea Tow membership because I do not personally own a boat. But we spend just about 50% of our year on the water – we are seasonal campers less than 1/2 mile from the shoreline in Maine. Water is where we live – anything from pedal boats (yeah, I have quite a story with that), kayaks, canoes, motor boats, sail boats etc… We are not tied down to just one beach – we love to check them all out. They are all so different along the coastline – each area has its own beauty.
Sea Tow even has Life Jacket Loaner stands. They do everything they can to help make boating safe. The Sea Tow Foundation for Boating Safety and Education’s website has so many great educational resources, safety resources, navigational charts etc… And your donations help support the Life Jacket Loaner Stands.
Sea Tow is extremely helpful if you are a boater or with a boater. We travel alot! Like, all the time… As a result we need to make sure we have everything we need to remain safe – for our vehicles we have AAA Plus – the ability to protect us even at great distances. Sea Tow has programs similar to this but for boats and boaters. Additionally, they have boating safety programs as well as boating safety challenges that they hold at boat shows. They even have a boating alcohol awareness program. I am not a drinker but I often worry about people drinking on a beach then thinking they can get behind the wheel of a boat. Why their logic is different with a boat than a car is beyond me but the risks are huge.
We plan to do so many boating related activities with friends this summer – just about every opportunity we can. Our favorite spot is Scarborough Maine! That is seriously just about as close to heaven as we can get.
I will share a story with you – sort of a boating story if you count being rescued by the Harbor Master… The very first year we were camping – we were also new to the entire ocean scene and definitely never paid attention to tidal charts. While the kids were playing on the beach my husband went for a walk. He came back all excited about this huge sand bar that he found where you can walk deep out into the ocean at least a half mile. He said I had to go check it out. So off I go to check out this sand bar with my four year old daughter (in a life jacket – who cannot swim). I can swim quite well. We followed the “path” out to the sandbar, spent a great deal of time looking around and walking all the way to the farthest edge. Then we turn around to come back and notice that there is no one else on the sand bar any longer… I was a little nervous but not too bad. I had my daughter and my brand new Nikon DSLR camera. We start heading back to shore and since we notice the tide is starting to come back in, we take the shortest path possible (geometry right?). Well, surprise-surprise – that shortest path possible is the deepest and most treacherous. As I get over my head I have my daughter in one arm and my camera raised above my head in the other. I would jump down, touch the ground and push us off a little closer to the shore. My daughter – the optimist – says “Mom, you should probably stand up, this is getting dangerous”… Now that would have been a good idea don’t you think? I was ultimately at the point where I needed to make the decision to abandon the camera and get my daughter and I out of there. If I waited much longer the tide was going to slam us into the rock formations. I will point out this entire time my husband is oblivious to anything that is happening – good thing because he is not a strong swimmer. Crowds are starting to form on the shore… Literally just as I make the decision to ditch the camera, I take one last look around to make sure I have no other choice and here comes the Harbor Master out of nowhere. We were rescued – and the camera survived. To this day – five years later I have never seen the harbor master out there. I have to assume someone panicked for our safety and called him. Definitely one of those “If I knew then, what I know now” stories. Now we are always aware of the tides; the kids have had years of swimming lessons and I carry less expensive cameras on those trips out to sea.
Now when we head out to the water or on the water, we have tons of sunscreen, lifejackets (absolutely essential even if everyone can swim – panic makes people forget how to swim), lunches, lots of drinks so no one gets dehydrated and snacks. Depending on how long we will be out – we also may need to bring toys etc… to keep the kids entertained. Check out Sea Tow for some ideas family friendly sea snacks.
This is the infamous area – off to the right you see that sandbar? NOPE – now you know what the problem was. The sea is rough near those rocks when that sandbar disappears and those rocks are even rougher! The week after this happened to us three boys died in this area.
Before you go boating or out on the ocean – check out Sea Tow and the Loaner Life Jacket Loaner Stations.