Since 1984,
100% Volunteer.

The Good Samaritans and
Citizen Caretakers of the
Marine Environment,
IRS-Approved  501(c)(3)
Tax Deductible Not For Profit
By and for the Recreational Boating
and Fishing Community

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President / CEO

1934 – 2023

Gus was the founding energy and the spirit of the Foundation for Safe Boating.  His vision for a safer, more respectful and mutually beneficial community on the water continues to be a major influence in national USCG programs today!

IRS-Approved 501(c)(3)

Operating for nearly 40 years as a public-education not-for-profit organization, helping thousands become better boaters.


The FSB Educational Programs offer on-the-water experience with qualified safety instructors for sailing, powerboating, fishing, and more…


Promoting safe boating skills is the first priority for foundation members. Career counseling for Marine Trades entry available!


We provide
 safe boating skill training for all ages!

From online chartplotting to dead reckoning, piloting to navigation, survival skills to emergency response, The Foundation promotes your participation in an active community of boaters along the East Coast of the United States from Maine to Florida!  Get involved today and help us share the boating safety message to our fellow boaters.


All FSB Programs are FREE.

These programs – some of the first of  kind, offers participants a meaningful experience for appreciation of the waterfront of New York and the Eastern Coast of the US. Why not take a friend or family member in a wholesome, safe, confident manner.

Teach and Take a Kid

Annual program particpants can join FSB members on the water in cruising local waters around the New York bight, from Raritan Bay, NJ to Boston Harbor, these free programs are available near you. Contact us for more infomation!

Water Watch Program

Now nationally known as America’s Waterway Watch program under the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Commandant – a member of the Foundation President’s command staff during his tenure as 1SR NY USCGAux Division Captain, this program encourages fellow boaters to take an active part in their caretaking of our local waterways – looking out for future generations of fishing and recreational boaters

Marine Information Resource Program

Qualify for your OUPV “Six-Pack” or begin the process of becoming an Unlimited Master Offshore.  The Foundation staff can help find a program for you to become a better cruiser, racer, or fisher.

Boats for Sale Program

Want or Have a safe boat that has been inspected by the Foundation for safety and build quality? FSB can give you a valuation on a boat you want to donate, or find a boat that you can afford in our inventory

Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) Program

The Foundation provides material at all public events to promote sober boating.  The water is no place to operate while under the influence of drugs or alcohol legal or illegal.

The “Don’t Mix ‘Em” campaign is a modern continuation of the Works Progress Administration’s 1930’s poster series. Our volunteers offer these materials at Boat Shows, T&TK Cruises, and on request.

Download your copy today and help spread to word! The Life You Save May Be Your Own.


Articles of Interest

The Foundation is pleased to offer a selection of articles and links for interested boaters to view and comment on. 

Our programs are 100% supported by the fishing and recreational boating community!

Our members and programs have been highlighted in print and awarded by New York State State Assembly, The NY State Department of Environmental Protection, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and many private clubs and marinas as cooperating partners in the Foundation Missions.

Our communities’ wide experience on the water around the region achieves recognition for innovative programs and service over 35 years.

You are invited to become a part of one of the oldest active-running volunteer safety organizations today!

FSB Administrative Staff

Our Team

To the members of the boating community which we serve, giving us the trust and life-saving responsibility, continuing to carry out the missions of the Foundation for Safe Boating with their approval. Thank you!
Through your participation, support, and donations we can all be better boaters.

Gus Savaros

CEO, President and Founder

Former 1SR Division Captain of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Gus started the Foundation to fulfill a role he felt was left un-tended.  His vision is what makes FSB so very vital and important for over 35 years.

Rene “RJ” Coté

Executive Vice President, Program Director

Captain RJ has been at the helm of the Public Education programs since 1998, and provides expert service to members of the community through his volunteering.

The Foundation’s

Marine Information Program

As part of our mission to give recreational boaters and the fishing community access to better tools and information, the President and Staff offer these helpful articles of interest:

Farewell Dear Friend

It is our sad duty to inform you that on Wednesday March 8 Costantinos “Gus” Savaros left this mortal realm on to new horizons. Services will be held 11am, Friday[…]

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Notice: Metropolitan Transportation Authority Construction and Development (MTA C&D) South Channel Bridge Component Repair – Temporary Closure of South Channel Bridge for Construction Repairs, Jamaica Bay, NY

Good morning, On behalf of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), STV, Inc. is providing engineering and permitting services for repairs and rehabilitation of the South Channel Bridge in Queens (40.595992,[…]

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Good Samaritans Save Lives

Bravo Zulu to Captain of USCG Sector Miami and the Good Samaritan Crew of the private vessel who saved this life – please be sure that we will continue to[…]

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