Monday, May 21, 2012

Episode 111 (Week of May 21, 2012): Safe Boating Week

Please see below (after the transcript and show notes) for links to news and upcoming events.


From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of May 21, 2012.

This week, we feature another series of mystery sounds.  Have a listen for about 15 seconds, and see if you can guess what kind of water activity, where those sounds are heard, is the goal of a special week in late May.


If you guessed safe boating, you’re right!  Those were boats on Virginia’s New River on May 19, the first day of National Safe Boating Week for 2012.  As part of the activities for the week, the National Safe Boating Council and the National Weather Service have produced a series of public service messages on recreational boating safety.  Let’s have a listen for about 30 seconds to the message on one of the most important boater-safety topics—life jackets.


Besides this and other  information from the National Safe Boating Council, plenty of information on what you should do—and what you are required to do—to stay safe on the water is available from the U.S. Coast Guard and from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  According to the Coast Guard, over 240,000 motor boats were registered in Virginia in 2011, and of course thousands of canoes, sailboats, and other non-motorized boats also use Virginia waters.  If you plan to be in one of these vessels, please make sure that you know how to have a safe voyage.

For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at, or call us at (540) 231-5463.  From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.

Acknowledgments and Sources: The public service announcement audio on life jackets was taken from the National Weather Service’s Web site, 5/21/12.  Information on boat registrations in Virginia was taken from the U.S. Coast Guard report, “Recreational Boat Statistics 2011,” available online (as PDF) at, 5/21/12.  More information on recreational boating safety is available from the National Safe Boating Council’s Web site at, from the U.S. Coast Guard’s “Boating Safety Resource Center” Web site at, and from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ “Boating” Web site and the “Virginia Watercraft Owner’s Guide” at

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Water Meetings and Other Events
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