Soundings partners with Auxiliary Assoc.

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Soundings Publications and the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association have signed an agreement that will promote boating safety and homeland security throughout the United States. The association is the business component of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Soundings Publications and the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association have signed an agreement that will promote boating safety and homeland security throughout the United States. The association is the business component of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The Auxiliary has made 2006 the Year of Recreational Boating Safety. “It is very fitting that we reached an agreement with Soundings … to become partners this year with this theme, and [meet] the goal of saving lives and preventing accidents through our joint efforts,” says Gene M. Seibert, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the association, in a statement.

Soundings and the Auxiliary Association agreed to promote public education, vessel safety checks, Maritime Domain Awareness and other outreach efforts. Under the agreement, Soundings will publish the association’s public education class schedules, encouraging boaters to become better educated and safer on the water.

“It’s a natural,” says Soundings editor William Sisson. The magazine has covered boating safety issues since it was founded 43 years ago, “And we have a great deal of respect for the work that the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary have done in terms of boating safety and homeland security.”

An important benefit of the agreement is that it will reach thousands of boaters who can assist in supporting homeland security, says Seibert. “We will accomplish this by providing updates on Maritime Domain Awareness and keeping boaters informed about how they can assist in our war on terrorism by participating in America’s Waterway Watch Programs,” he says.

“I am proud of Soundings’ long history of championing responsible boating and boating safety,” says Soundings publisher Peter Mitchel. “This agreement with the Auxiliary Association will allow the two organizations to advance this important shared goal.”

The Coast Guard Auxiliary has 29,000 members, and traces its beginning to June 23, 1939, when Congress enacted the Coast Guard Reserve Act of 1939. Two years later a new act created the Military Reserve and renamed the original Reserve the Coast Guard Auxiliary. www.nws.cgaux.org