oastie is a remote controlled, animated, robotic, very mobile, cartoon-like character. He talks, sings, dances and moves his eyes and eyelids while teaching boating and water safety to children.
likes to answer children’s questions and to demonstrate his navigation lights,
searchlight, rotating beacon, siren, and air horn, plus other safety equipment
required for boats on the water.
Coastie program has educated thousands of children across the nation since he
was “born” in 1996. The goal of
the Coastie program is “Saving Lives Through Education”.
Coastie functions very effectively in two basic modes, depending on the type of appearance.
such as school classes, children’s camps, some campground events, etc., a
25-minute lesson designed for children teaches boating and water safety. This
lesson incorporates age-appropriate slogans, demonstrations, and skits involving
children in the audience. The children learn “Don’t just pack it, wear your
life jacket!”, “Life jackets float and you don’t!” and several other
In more open
as civic festivals, boat shows, marinas, etc., Coastie engages children and
adults in ad-lib conversations related to boating safety.
Coastie is very effective in attracting an audience and stimulating
interest in boating safety.
At all appearances,
children receive “Coastie cards”, coloring and activity books, and
various other reminders to help children retain the message to be safe around water.
for adult boaters
is also distributed at all Coastie appearances. Coast Guard Auxiliary members
assisting Coastie are prepared to answer questions about boating safety and
state and federal requirements for
is a national effort for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and is under the
guidance of the Auxiliary’s “National Department of Boating”. About 40
Coastie units exist throughout the United States.
A civilian volunteer
Coast Guard Auxiliary is affiliated with the U.S. Coast Guard in the Department
of Homeland Security.
Coastie requires a
level, smooth surface at least 20 x 20 feet to operate normally.
In special cases, limited Coastie operations may be possible in a
smaller space. Coastie cannot move
on gravel, grass, rough surfaces or on plush carpet.
Coastie does not float and can not operate in wet environments.
Coastie is 44 inches long, 30 inches wide, 45 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He is painted bright blue and white and flies the American flag and Coast Guard Auxiliary ensign. Coastie operators and attendants wear US Coast Guard Auxiliary uniforms.
schedule a Coastie appearance, contact Ms. Mary Scarry at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Phyllis Suskey
at (412) 824-3045. There is no cost for a Coastie visit and appearances are generally
scheduled on a first come-first served basis.
Coastie visits are contingent on the availability of
operators and of an
appropriate site. Sites that have
not been previously used by Coastie will be evaluated before an appearance.