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  • Thursday, July 26, 2018 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    For Immediate Release:


    LABEL YOUR WATER CRAFT


    This is a great project for all your water craft needs, not just paddlecraft! We also encourage you to file a float plan and keep records of your craft, registration, and personal identification when you are ready to splash! Check local water and weather condition and carry on board all Federal and State required safety equipment.

    Many vessels or equipment that go adrift result in 911 calls for emergency services to see if someone is missing. 100% preventable except for a natural disaster. Please take a moment to read the following article:

    BOSTON — The Coast Guard is asking the public to label their kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards with their name and phone number after an influx of cases this summer involving unmanned and adrift paddlecraft.

    Coast Guard units throughout the Northeast have responded to more than 90 cases of unmanned, adrift, and mostly unlabeled paddlecraft so far this year.

    Each time an unmanned and adrift paddlecraft is reported it triggers a search for a person who may be associated with it and could be in distress. However, often the paddlecraft are adrift after not being properly stored or secured.

    Paddlecraft owners can use a permanent marker to write their name and phone number and then cover the writing with clear tape to increase durability or they can use an “If Found” sticker which is available at local Coast Guard Auxiliary units.

    When paddlecraft are labeled the Coast Guard can reach out directly to the owner and quickly ascertain if they are in distress or if they simply lost their paddlecraft. Confirming the owner is not in distress keeps Coast Guard resources available for actual emergencies.


    “We have to treat each of these cases as if a person’s life is at stake,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Stuart Broadway, an operations unit controller at the First Coast Guard District command center.

    “A label can be the difference between resolving the case with one phone call or launching multiple Coast Guard, state, and local assets.”

    Owners should make sure their paddlecraft are stored securely or removed completely from the beaches to avoid them drifting out to sea.

    Click here to find the nearest Coast Guard Auxiliary unit.

    Reference: Coast Guard News

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    MISSION

    The mission of Rescue Water Craft Association is to bring together members representing the water rescue community, waterway users and vessel operators from a variety of international communities both recreational and occupational, in order to promote modern safe practices, share educational updates and standards.

  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:26 AM | Anonymous

    For Immediate Release: 

    Rescue Water Craft Association Inc. Awarded the 2018 Top-Rated badge May of 2018.


    GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards is the one and only people’s choice award where volunteers, donors, and people served by the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits.

    This award is based on outstanding online reviews of national nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits are asked to share stories of inspiration, and to potentially help and support a nonprofit.

    We are grateful to all our supporters for expressing their positive regards for being a recipient of this prestigious award.

    “Rescue Water Craft Association is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience working with Rescue Water Craft Association .”

    GreatNonprofits is the leading website where people share stories about their personal experiences on more than 1.6 million charities and nonprofits. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities – as donors, volunteers, and recipients of aid.

    Rescue Water Craft Association’s volunteers have produced some outstanding programs such as the Never Quit Challenge, the International Rescue Water Craft Day, and our Junior Boating Program.

    Our maritime world benefits by the level of support provided by the Rescue Water Craft Association, and the organization’s innovation and commitment to water and boating safety.

    Please review the Rescue Water Craft Association GreatNonProfits profile page: https://greatnonprofits.org/org/rescue-water-craft-association-inc

  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 5:36 PM | Anonymous

    Join us for International Rescue Water Craft Day on Thursday, June 21st, 2018! 


    The RWCA International Rescue Water Craft Day is an international day of observance to commemorate qualified Rescue Water Craft operators, crews, and teams. The RWCA established the inaugural International Rescue Water Craft Day on June 21st, 2017 and will be celebrated each subsequent year on the anniversary date. The promotion of the day symbolizes the dedication, service and commitment towards boating safety and lifesaving. 

    RWCA is the lead agency coordinated events worldwide.

    Last year 6,973 participants inflated their inflatable life jacket or wore an inherently buoyant life jacket, breaking the world record for life jacket wear! In 2017 the following nations observed the inaugural event by sharing awareness about RWC/PWC boating safety: USA, Poland, Chile, Australia, Canada and Japan.

    International RWC Day Event Anniversary Date: June 21st

    International Rescue Water Craft Day Theme 2018: ‘Because We Care’

    Hashtags: #IRWCD #RWCA #RescueWaterCraftDay #BecauseWeCare

    About: The International Rescue Water Craft Day is observed around the world each year on June 21st. Established in 2017 by the Rescue Water Craft Association, IRWCD provides a shared day recognizing the commitment to boating safety and to contribute to the Rescue Water Craft community a culture of safety and best practices.


    WAYS TO PARTICIPATE:

    1. Post up your Rescue Water Craft Team Photos or Videos. Represent professionalism and  standardization, use #IRWCD hashtags

    2. Share RWCA IRWCD theme posts to social media outlets

    3. Take a Rescue Water Craft boating safety course

    4. Make a commitment to representing Rescue Water Craft standards both in practice and operations

    5. Make a video representing your commitment to IRWCD and boating safety, post on June 21st

    NORTH AMERICA

    https://www.facebook.com/RescueWaterCraft/

    JAPAN

    https://www.facebook.com/RWCAJ/

  • Monday, May 14, 2018 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    MEDIA RELEASE


    For Immediate Release                                                                                             


    WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET TO WORK DAY

    Boca Raton, Fla. 5/14/2018 – Rescue Water Craft Association to Encourage Others to “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” on May 18.

    BOCA RATON, FLORIDA, May 14th, 2018– Rescue Water Craft Association announced today its support of Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day on Friday, May 18, 2018. Rescue Water Craft Association joins boating professionals and outdoor enthusiasts to heighten awareness of different life jacket styles that are available and demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work.

    The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) serves as a fun, educational element just prior to National Safe Boating Week, May 19-25, the official launch of the 2018 Safe Boating Campaign. Educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of life jackets has been a main focus of the campaign. “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” Day will take place on Friday, May 18, wherever you are!

    Shawn Alladio, Founder and Chair of the Rescue Water Craft Association stated, “It’s a choice to wear a life jacket. The RWCA motto is Safety-Education-Enforcement (S.E.E.) These three words embody the key elements of survival for occupational and recreational boating safety.”

    The National Safe Boating Council is asking all participants to take a picture of themselves in their life jacket while at work and post it to the Ready, Set, Wear It Facebook page or submit it directly to the NSBC at outreach@safeboatingcouncil.org. Participants are also encouraged to tweet their picture using #RSWI2018.

    U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities in 2016, and that approximately 83 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

    Members of the boating public as well as those interested in showing the wearability of life jackets are encouraged to participate.

    Audrey Dalton

    Executive Director

    Rescue Water Craft Association

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    About Rescue Water Craft Association:

    Rescue Water Craft Association Inc is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, located in Boca Raton, Florida, creating strategic partnerships between Government agencies, associations, businesses and others by promoting recognition awards, generating model Rescue Water Craft laws, maintaining current national and international education and training standards, provisions for critical skills, and knowledge of membership and advocating the needs of boating programs for those who serve the public needs.

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    CONTACT Audrey Dalton Executive Director, Rescue Water Craft Association (561)-774-4340 |  audrey@rescuewatercraft.org         


     


  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    MEDIA RELEASE 


    For Immediate Release 


    Boca Raton, Fla. 4/25/2018 – Rescue Water Craft Association is pleased to announce that we received tax exemption status on April 24,2018.  We are thrilled to have the ability to better serve our maritime community!

    Rescue Water Craft Association (RWCA) began as a loosely structured community outreach group years ago building a strong presence on social media forums. As we began the process of structural growth our goal was to incorporate and receive tax exemption to fulfill our mission and support public needs.

    As the Chairman of the Board I would like to introduce our esteemed Board of Directors. The RWCA Executive committee members are David Tew (V.P., USA), Hiroshi Yamaoka (Secretary, JPN), and John Pennington (Treasurer, USA). Board members at large are Jun Abe (JPN), Craig Zulian (AUS), Gonzalo Sepulveda (CL), Jakub Friedenberger (PL), Michael Spencer (USA) and Nicolas Denard (ES). Our Executive Director is Ms. Audrey Dalton.

    Thank you to the RWCA volunteers and members who have helped us to reach this milestone!  We are excited to share our program outreach, new volunteer opportunities, program activities and the RWCA annual educational conference with the personal water craft and rescue water craft communities.

    What do we do? Rescue Water Craft Association brings together members representing the water rescue community, waterway users and vessel operators from a variety of international communities both recreational and occupational, to promote modern safe practices, share educational updates and standards.

    When did we begin? Rescue Water Craft Association started out in 2010 as an online resource for Personal Water Craft (PWC) racers and Public Safety personnel. The organization was somewhat limited for members but now we can generate strong unity and support for those who want to contribute and those who want to learn.

    Connecting the World! The RWCA is tailored to bring together the recreational PWC community and occupational maritime and safety community worldwide. The associated goals are dedicated to promoting modern safe practices, news, and industry updates, share educational information and standards and to unify the community with knowledge and shared experiences. We look forward to your membership and support!

    Shawn Alladio

    RWCA Chair


    Joining the RWCA is easy, just follow this link:

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    About Rescue Water Craft Association:

    Rescue Water Craft Association Inc is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, located in Boca Raton, Florida, creating strategic partnerships between Government agencies, associations, businesses and others by promoting recognition awards, generating model Rescue Water Craft laws, maintaining current national and international education and training standards, provisions for critical skills, and knowledge of membership and advocating the needs of boating programs for those who serve the public needs.

    For more information, please visit https://rescuewatercraft.org . 

    CONTACT Executive Director Audrey Dalton at audrey@rescuewatercraft.org ; Phone (561)-774-4340  


    7050 W. Palmetto Park Road, Suite 15-190, Boca Raton, FL 33433-3433

    Phone: 561-774-4340  | RescueWaterCraft.org | EIN: 82-2072637


                                                                                                                                                                                    


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RESCUE WATER CRAFT ASSOCIATION INC.

EIN: 82-2072637      

 501 (c)(3) NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

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Rescue Water Craft Association Inc.

7050 West Palmetto Park Rd., Suite 15-190

Boca Raton, FL 33433-3433 USA

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OFFICE: (561) 774-4340

EMAIL: info@rescuewatercraft.org

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