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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Remember That Personal Watercraft Is a Boat [Sponsored]

There's plenty of summertime left and lots of boating still to be done.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urges you to say safe as possible when boating.

Caution and common sense are necessary, regardless of whether you're using a powerboat, a sailboat, a pontoon, a fishing boat, a ski boat or personal watercraft.

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Stay Afloat, Don’t Sink [Sponsored]

While the long Independence Day weekend may be over, there's still plenty of summer left and boating to be done.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urge you to keep yourself, those around you and others as safe as possible when boating.

One main tip: Keep your boat afloat; don't sink out there. And if you do or must, there are steps to take when that happens to protect and preserve your safety.

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Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images
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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Don’t Drink and Boat [Sponsored]

The festive and summery Independence Day weekend is here!

Celebrating the Fourth of July holiday this year means a three-day weekend for many and some extra time to truly relax, enjoy and play out on the water.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urges for you to keep you, those around you and others as safe as possible on the water when out boating.

Embrace the three-day Independence Day weekend, enjoy the great outdoors on the water -- and at the beach -- and stay safe by following the rules of the water and navigational regulations. On a festive weekend like this, too, don't drink and boat!

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Follow the Rules of the Water [Sponsored]

Summer is here! It officially arrived last Saturday, and this is truly the season when many love to relax and play out on the water.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, says to keep you and those around you safe on the water when boating.

In embracing summer and enjoying the great outdoors on the water and at the beach, here's another tip good for boaters and beach-goers to help you stay safe out there: Follow the rules of the water.

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Be More Wary of Lightning in Summer [Sponsored]

This is the time of year when many love to relax and play out on the water.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, says to keep you and those around you safe on the water when boating.

Summer officially arrives at 10:51 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office.

In embracing summer and enjoying the great outdoors on the water and even at the beach, here's a tip good for boaters and beach-goers to help you stay safe out there.

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Be Weather Ready [Sponsored]

Many look forward to relaxing and playing out on the water.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, says to keep you and those around you safe on the water when boating.

Michigan Safe Boating Week runs through Saturday and National Marina Day is Saturday.

In embracing those campaigns and seeking to help you enjoy getting out on the water for relaxation, recreation and to enjoy the great outdoors, here's another boating tip to help you stay safe out there.

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Photo Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard
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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Wear a Life Jacket [Sponsored]

Many look forward to relaxing and playing out on the water.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, says to keep you and those around you safe on the water when boating.

Here's a boating tip to help you stay safe out there: Make sure to wear a life jacket.

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Ryan Lochte Beats Michael Phelps In Swimming (400 IM) For Olympic Gold [Video]

So why do the Olympic Officials take things so seriously? After Ryan Lochte destroyed golden boy Michael Phelps and everyone else in the 400 IM, he was barred from wearing his red, white and blue "grill" on the medal stand.

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Cancer Survivor Is Allowed To Swim Topless

A 47-year-old Seattle woman named Jodi Jaecks is a survivor of breast cancer, so she has fought enough if you ask me. Jodi had to undergo a double mastectomy and she says it is painful to wear a swimsuit top out in public

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City Of Grand Rapids Expects To Open Three Of Six Pools This Summer [VIDEO]

The City of Grand Rapids revealed a $115 million budget proposal for 2012-2013 on Tuesday.  The proposal includes over $400,000 to run Grand Rapids pools this summer.

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28 swimmers are injured along Holland lakeshore!
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Rough Waters In Holland Injure 28!

Lake Michigan rocks, literally! 

Yesterday, the Coast Guard was busy pulling swimmers out of the water due to a strong rip current and high waves that either carried people out too far or slammed them into the rocks along the harbor in Holland.

I've always wondered about the signs and flags

E-Coli plagues two Allegan County lakes
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No Swimming At Two Allegan County Beaches For E-Coli!

(Photo via flickr.com/photos/delaere) 'Tis the season for e-coli to pop-up along shorelines throughout West Michigan!

The good news is that health officials take water testing very seriously and post 'no swimming' advisories at any beach that has tested positive for above average bacteria levels.  The bad news is that bacteria tends to increase as temperatures rise and that's when you and I are planning a trip to the lakeshore to get a little relief, right?!

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