Why This Zig-Zag Coast Guard Search Pattern is Actually Genius - Smarter Every Day 268

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  • SmarterEveryDay
    SmarterEveryDay  4 months ago +4619

    I like that feeling I get when I do the final watch through of a video just before uploading it.... and I genuinely enjoy the content. It's like I'm grateful that the video exists, independent of who made it. Checkout this link to sign up for the email list if you’d prefer not to think and want me to just email new videos to you when I make them.
    Thanks to all the Coasties that took the time to teach me, and who worked with me to make this video possible.

    • Fun Awesome
      Fun Awesome 11 days ago


    • Martijn Slingerland
      Martijn Slingerland Month ago

      Thank you and Justin for teaching me how to whistle!

    • Helmut Einhorn
      Helmut Einhorn 2 months ago

      @Anon54387 same for me. One the first try a first time loud whistle, which i never managed in 55 years before. Unfortuntely my togue will stop properly folding back when I inhale. Anyway I experieced progress.

    • Michael Foye
      Michael Foye 3 months ago

      Once again thank you for one of the very best educational channels on the internet. And for giving the men and women of the United States Coast Guard their due. They are far too often overlooked and underappreciated.

    • Devan Lake
      Devan Lake 3 months ago

      @JoShoe Productions gg

  • LockPickingLawyer
    LockPickingLawyer 4 months ago +14574

    That drifting VS pattern was really interesting. Overlying drifts with search patterns really leads to a counterintuitive result. This video definitely lived up to the channel name. 👍

    • George Suckalottaphallus
      George Suckalottaphallus 13 days ago

      The drifts probably won't hold up to the Ramset

    • Fibonacci 1911
      Fibonacci 1911 Month ago

      Awesome to see one of my favorite content creators, LPL...appreciating another one of my favorites, SmarterEveryDay...what a small, beautiful world we live in.

    • felix
      felix Month ago

      how fast can you lockpick a helicopter

    • Call me Chaf
      Call me Chaf Month ago

      I literally just watched your bathroom lock video to come here and see your comment. small world.

    • curtis oneill
      curtis oneill 2 months ago +1

      How many people liked this comment before reading it, just because it LPL?

  • Robert
    Robert 3 months ago +438

    Career Mariner here, I would also like to stress the importance of the capacity of those in need to reacue to also have their own search and scanning patterns. If they have flares, mirrors, flashlights, whistles, smoke signals, flags, anything... it can help the search party locate them quicker.
    Do not use your equipment until you spot a search asset.
    I understand not all lost at sea may have this equipment.

    • Robert
      Robert 22 days ago +5

      @Celestial Melody Most vessels on open water will monitor emergency channels and be well informed of any casualty. Rescue assests are limited, but fishing and pleasure craft are numerous.
      I would try to signal any spotted craft through any means.
      Flares are best used during the night. Smoke, signal mirrors, and flags are best used during the day.
      If you only have a flare and it is daylight, use it only when you are confident that you see a vessel. Your mind may play tricks on you, seeing what you desperately want to see.
      There is no guarantee that the vessel will see it. Not all casualties go reported. Not everyone is actively searching. No one may know you are in trouble.
      I recommend mirrors be kept in all vessels. Fasten a plastic wistle to your PFD as well as a waterproof flashlight.

    • Celestial Melody
      Celestial Melody 22 days ago +1

      If you have only one flare, if you see a passenger/tourist cruiser in the distance, do you use the flare or do you wait for something that looks like a searching ship~?
      My reaction would be to use it for the Cruiser, hoping they would see it and find me~

    • Robert
      Robert 2 months ago +7

      @The Jerk Granted, my statement is for the consumables. With the possible exception of electronic aids like GPS, and Sea Oil. I'd also like to add the impact that a task could have on moral. Keep someone or yourself busy while waiting for help.
      Wave the orange flag, flash the horizon with the mirror, scan your surroundings constantly when possible.
      If with a group, try to ask what the others see if you think you've spotted something but are unsure. Desparate people may easily be influenced by suggestion. Every dot in the sky begins to look like a plane, every white capped wave looks like a ship.

    • The Jerk
      The Jerk 2 months ago +2

      I always heard that you should use the mirror periodically

    • bcw bcw
      bcw bcw 2 months ago +3

      @seeni gzty Something that has helped is self-inflating lifejackets with lights built in that actuate when wet. A few have radio beacons.

  • Philip Hinton
    Philip Hinton 3 months ago +202

    Destin, I’ve been following your channel for a long time. Love your content! This one in particular hits home because I’m one of the lead technicians that maintains the software and infrastructure for the SAROPS program that you’re referring to. My coworker and I are on-call 24/7/365 to ensure a 100% uptime of SAROPS program for all the command centers. Thank you for such an excellent video, please keep them coming!!! I will be sharing this with my team!

    • SleeplessDev
      SleeplessDev 2 months ago +1

      What kind of infrastructure is needed to maintain this program?
      Is the software standalone, or does it require internet access to talk to your servers or databases?
      To calculate search patterns, is the info from the Victor Sierra (set and drift, was it?) all you need to perform the necessary calculations, or is there supplementary information the program provides such as info on tides, wave height, wind, and weather?

    • Philip Hinton
      Philip Hinton 3 months ago +1

      @thewendts Thank you 😁

    • thewendts
      thewendts 3 months ago +7

      And you guys do a great job of that Phil! Thanks

    • Joanna
      Joanna 3 months ago +2

      The Coast Guard Rules, I love watching them do their jobs, much much respect

  • Steve Buck
    Steve Buck 3 months ago +63

    Hey Destin, very cool, I live in Washington and fish out of the mouth of the Columbia river where it meets the Pacific ocean. The coast guard tests the boats that you were on because the water conditions there are quite dangerous. Many boats go down or get swamped from buoy 10 to the CR buoy. Those CG boats are made to be able to go completely upside down and right themselves. You should do just a show on those boats.

    • concken1
      concken1 8 days ago

      @tc1uscg Agreed and good to hear all that, OM. Rock on.

    • tc1uscg
      tc1uscg 8 days ago +1

      @concken1 FBOM.. It was always amazing how it seemed RM's and TC's knew so much about our service and just how things "worked".. 73's.

    • concken1
      concken1 8 days ago +1

      @tc1uscg Agreed. You were a TC1? Me too...

    • tc1uscg
      tc1uscg 8 days ago +1

      @concken1 The improvement in survivability and ability (speed, high platform) as compared to the 44's is a big improvement needless to say in crew comfort also, IMO. Also the new fast response boats are a big improvement from the 41's and earlier in my day, 40 and 30ft UTB's

    • concken1
      concken1 Month ago

      @BathinJapes yes, that's the training grounds of the 47' MLB.

  • Dxnny
    Dxnny Month ago +25

    I honestly love how they were there to talk and teach instead of them just doing it and you watching. You don't even ask anything and they'll still look at you and the camera and explain everything. Amazing way to teach and learn.

    • Steel
      Steel 21 day ago

      @Kevin Milies hes doing fine

    • Kevin Milies
      Kevin Milies 21 day ago

      Hello Dxnny, how’re you doing?

  • Alec Steele
    Alec Steele 4 months ago +1572

    Amazing video as usual. Also, whistled first time with that trick!

    • Josh L
      Josh L 3 months ago

      @SmarterEveryDay The look on your face of joy and suprise was amazing. I tried it but didn't have as much success. I thought at first he was tricking you.

    • Nemo X
      Nemo X 3 months ago

      What. I literally randomly discovered your channel today through Tom's bottle opener, and now i find you randomly under a video.

    • Joshua Drewlow
      Joshua Drewlow 3 months ago +1

      I thought like: "Oh cool, I always wanted to whistle like this" but then: nope, doesn't work 🤷🏼‍♂️

    • Chris Hendricks
      Chris Hendricks 3 months ago +1

      It didn't completely for me, but there were little bits of whistle that I heard, which is the closest I've ever gotten to doing that.

    • Oscar O'sullivan
      Oscar O'sullivan 4 months ago

      Now RNLI search pattern

  • Andrew Jacobs
    Andrew Jacobs 3 months ago +52

    I didn’t understand until 14:27 but now it makes sense! It is indeed genius. I will be implementing something similar when I am kayak fishing and I lose something! Thanks for being so smart and willing to pass it on to the rest of us. You’re one intelligent 39 year old!

  • J. Richard
    J. Richard 3 months ago +39

    They didn't mention in regard to the other search patterns, that a parallel search goes with the direction of drift (parallel), and a creeping line search goes perpendicular to and against the direction of drift, starting at the furthest downwind point. There are a lot of variables regarding floating objects and how they behave, whether they are affected more by wind (a light boat with a high profile) or more by current (a person low in the water). A sector search once "saved my life" when I lost my wedding ring in the ocean at a beach on my honeymoon. After quite some time of random roaming, I used a rock for datum and started a sector search with the setting sun for my first course... found it on the second leg, half buried in the sand!

    • Evan Windom
      Evan Windom 22 days ago +3

      Great explanation. The creeping line and parallel work well when you're covering a large area and really don't have a defined "last known position". In searching for missing aircraft, we would commonly use a modified parallel track if we knew the intended route of flight. The first pass was down the route. The second, going back in the opposite direction, was offset to one side. The third pass was offset to the opposite side, and so on. It's a little like a parallel, but starts on the track and moves progressively outward. If you DO have a decent last fix, then sectors or expanding squares are good choices.
      We make really frequent use of a modified creeping line, where at the end of the first pass, you turn around and fly back on the same track in the opposite direction. When you get to the starting point, you offset to one side and start again. It takes a lot longer than the creeping line, but gives each track a higher POD (probability of detection). Since we're typically in two-person crews in light aircraft, the right seater is the primary person searching and this approach lets that person see both sides of each track well.

  • Craig Toomey
    Craig Toomey 2 months ago +2

    Man this is great to see so many views on the Coast Guard's missions and tactics.

  • N Goodall
    N Goodall 3 months ago +3

    Great video. I spent my career in the Army; wouldn't change a thing. If I had to do it over, I would consider the Coast Guard, though. They push so much responsibility to junior personnel. Their missions are pretty incredible as well: search and rescue, disaster response, law enforcement and war fighting. Mad respect to the Coasties.

  • ChrisFix
    ChrisFix 4 months ago +1960

    Well I just learned how to whistle with my hands the first try... That is crazy haha.

    • xn85d2
      xn85d2 29 days ago +1

      Doesn't work for me even though I can whistle normally.

    • Meister Trollport
      Meister Trollport Month ago

      i don't get it at all. Allthough i can whistle perfectly without hands.

    • SmallWeinerSteve
      SmallWeinerSteve Month ago

      broooooo im high and just got so scared

    • Jonas Schoppen
      Jonas Schoppen Month ago

      Same as me haha

    • JH
      JH 2 months ago

      @Levi Sage me either

  • Mike Hagan
    Mike Hagan 3 months ago +3

    I was in a land Based Search and Rescue unit for 15 years and wasn't aware of a lot of this.
    Very interesting video.
    Though there were some similarities. We didn't have the Same issues in most Cases. So that type of " Victor Sierra " with Set and Drift didn't come in to play in the same way.
    Best Wishes from Montana M.H.

  • drfdwf
    drfdwf 3 months ago +22

    10 million subscribers, years of valuable knowledge and stories being shared. Destin, I think it's time you release an Official SmarterEveryDay Trucker Hat. For you to wear. And also for people to have more ways to support you. Thanks for everything you have done and continue to do. Wishing more good things for you.

  • macronencer
    macronencer 4 months ago +3

    Fascinating video - thanks! Do you happen to know whether all this SAR patterns are used by other sea rescue organisations in other parts of the world? How widespread are they?

  • Danny Martial
    Danny Martial 3 months ago +6

    This is interesting because if I was on a raft at sea and I had a paddle, I'd think to paddle myself against the flow so I don't drift too far from where I got lost, to increase my chances of being found. I'd think I was doing the search team a favor by not allowing myself to stray too far from where I got lost. Now, I know to just relax and follow the flow of the water lol

    • Robin Bot
      Robin Bot Month ago

      It's not a bad idea, per se, they do start the search there. That said you'll not be able to beat even light currents with a paddle and a raft. Best to relax and rest your eyes you so can check and not blind yourself.

    • ToolofSociety
      ToolofSociety 3 months ago +3

      Paddling burns calories and weakens you too.

  • Debo Gaming
    Debo Gaming 4 months ago +274

    One of the best thing about dude is that he never takes credit for himself when he achieves something. He always respect, the audience, and his team, and he is always polite in all of his video. We congratulate our ourselves on this achievement. More to come ❤️

    • J M
      J M 4 months ago +1

      Go read the pinned comment.

  • Jim Pickering
    Jim Pickering 3 months ago +1

    This brought back memories of being a rescue swimmer years ago. One of the most disappointing things was staring out the window of the helicopter, searching for hours and hours, and never finding the victims.

  • MNI S
    MNI S Month ago +5

    17:07 I think using a small drone will help a lot with the viewing angle, and they should have IR Camera so they can detect the heat, this will make any person floating very clear even in the dark and that could save them a lot of time and effort :)

  • Ruthless info
    Ruthless info 17 days ago

    These shows are incredible and educational I have watched a load of them and there’s not one that’s boring. In fact it’s helped me with my anxiety it takes me to a place of excitement and wonder keep them coming these coast guard 1s are the best. From uk 🇬🇧

  • Rusty Shackleford
    Rusty Shackleford Month ago +3

    When you whisled and learned something so fast, I enjoy that feeling too, how amazing is that, I just get so hyped like you do. I learned some harder maths for an assessment and I was just so happy, after the test I passed out so hard from being excited all day. I just wish there was more people to have fun with math with, so really get people into it... There isn't much play room for maths with others.

  • Louis Phillips
    Louis Phillips 4 months ago +869

    I’m an old man, and just did the finger whistle for the first my whole life and have always wanted to learn and no one has been able to explain it to me. Love this channel!!!

    • Jnite
      Jnite 3 months ago

      @Justin Lebeouf I'm assuming you're the Justin from the video? Thanks so much! So many people have tried to teach this to me, this is the first time I've ever had it work.

    • MojoPup
      MojoPup 4 months ago

      Almost got it but my tongue's too thick to bend

    • theMOCmaster
      theMOCmaster 4 months ago +1

      @Louis Phillipsfold my tongue pointed up? what? I can curl it into a tube or fold it on top of itself so its pointing backwards not up?

    • Laz Arus
      Laz Arus 4 months ago +6

      @whuzzzup My monitor is covered in spit and I'm now lightheaded, though I think the latter might have been from laughing so hard at my attempts.

    • whuzzzup
      whuzzzup 4 months ago +3

      Well now I have a lot of saliva all over my bed, but no whistle.

  • Ben Garcia
    Ben Garcia 3 months ago +12

    This was such a cool video!!! Thank you Destin for such a high quality and informative video and shout out to the SAR team for their hospitality and willingness to educate all of us🙏🏼

  • Huzzir Zakaria
    Huzzir Zakaria 3 months ago +1

    Thank you dear Destin, as always never fails to deliver informative n interesting knwledge as usual. 👍

  • ColdPillowz
    ColdPillowz 3 months ago +12

    I’d love to see a comparison of their metrics and success rate prior to and after this technology came to use.

    • ColdPillowz
      ColdPillowz 2 months ago

      @Fremen oh i am certain it’s a major improvement on success rate and why they’d use it versus not using it! I’d just like to see the numbers.

  • C Z
    C Z 3 months ago

    Thanks Destin, you provide such a valuable public service. Making these topics interesting and fun is so important.

  • David Leadford
    David Leadford 4 months ago +389

    A retired Coastie here. It's good to see someone talking about what the Coast Guard does to help their fellow man in distress. It's not talked about much, and I wish things like this was publicized more. I think it would benefit the Coast Guard greatly. I had a lot of fun in the Coast Guard, there's a lot of real good, and dedicated men and women hard at work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to do only one small part of the Coast Guard's job. I don't regret the time I served, and I'd gladly do it again without hesitation. I remember one SAR case I got involved in. I was on a cutter returning from a Narcotics Patrol in the Caribbean, on our way home when we got tagged to do a SAR for a sailboat. It was almost an all hands effort, even I had pair of binoculars and was looking for them. I made a comment to one my fellow watchstanders saying "it's too bad we don't have a helo onboard". I noticed the Captain jerked his head up and stared at me, then left the bridge. The next morning we had a helo onboard. After refueling it, giving the flight crew bathroom break (called a head), and a snack, they were back in the air officially joining the SAR effort. About 40 minutes into their patrol. They found the sailboat. All hands were rescued. And we went home to loved ones we hadn't seen in almost 2 months.

    • AnarexicSumo
      AnarexicSumo 3 months ago +1

      @Spout Boes Everyone understands your gripe. They just don't agree, and for good reason. If someone is adrift with 500kg of coke they're rescued and then arrested for cocaine. Rescue doesn't come second. It's always the first priority. If someone refuses rescue because they don't want to face consequences for breaking the law, they are culpable. What's more is that migrant interdiction is almost indistinguishable from a SAR operation because the coyotes don't give af about personal safety and are willing to kill whoever to not get caught. No one but you is going to be convinced it's a good idea to establish *another* life saving service covering 95,500 continuous miles of coastline out to a hundred or more miles of sea just so the USCG which already has that capability and expertise can sit around and do *only* law enforcement. You don't like it? Cool. You don't have to. You're not re-writing 14USC102.

    • Quentin Neill
      Quentin Neill 4 months ago +1

      @David Leadford my confusion was not with the situations, it was with the perceived ethical or moral conflict asserted as the “conflict of interest” which I was reacting to (from Spout Boes). I totally get multiple directives and conflicting interests, and believe that is when hierarchies of principles are tested (as I am an armchair philosopher). I’m just saying there’s nothing special here about deciding about whether to arrest, rescue, or defend against some outlaws, as the culpability for all the bad outcomes seems to reside with the perps. That’s why I said “I’m not following you”.

    • David Leadford
      David Leadford 4 months ago

      @Quentin Neill You are mixing two different missions together. That's why it's confusing. SAR (Search and Rescue) is one mission, Law Enforcement is another mission. This rescue occurred while transiting home from a law enforcement mission.

    • Quentin Neill
      Quentin Neill 4 months ago +1

      Sorry I’m just not following you, although I get the notion, I’ve never heard or read about your IMHO contrived scenario, it seems quite rare. I agree “A person’s humanity comes first” but rendering aid is only a success as far as the victim wants aid. If a victim in need of rescue chooses to run from a rescuer, that is not a choice (nor is their culpability) on the rescuer. People can perceive where priorities lie especially in life threatening situations, which GO BOTH WAYS in enforcement operations.
      I would suggest you resume this argument when there’s an actual Coast Guard operation involving this situation that comes to light.
      As for “Comply or die is not a scenario” well said, a worthy goal! Except, if necessary, I’d rather the criminals subjected to this choice outnumber the innocents.

    • Spout Boes
      Spout Boes 4 months ago

      @tyrannosaurus imperator That's literally no different than holding a gun to someone in order to arrest them. Comply or die is not a scenario anyone should be subject to.

  • Rusty Shackleford
    Rusty Shackleford Month ago +1

    Love this, so much. As a kid I knew there was so many variables that has to be able to calculate into real events, there is no way we can't have formulas for everything needed. That's why i'm so in love with this, and made it so effective.

  • Diaper Maverick
    Diaper Maverick 3 months ago +4

    Destin, thank you. I love your videos. I have always wanted to be an engineer but I never got the chance to do so when I was younger. A different profession grabbed me but this has always been a passion of mine. Everything you do is awesome. Looking forward to a future video on the JWST that your dad helped develop!

  • gusr6
    gusr6 3 months ago

    What an excellent video Destin. Thanks so much for creating it. I'd love to see you do a video on gyroscopes, especially MEMS gyroscopes.

  • Seth Proaps
    Seth Proaps 3 months ago +4

    I love your videos, your ones that touch on using math in engineering are some of my favorites and seeing the search pattern calculator made me think it would be really cool if you did a video on slide rules and other older calculators. Especially since they were partially responsible for putting man on the moon.

  • Matt Hagge
    Matt Hagge 4 months ago +973

    The whistling thing is extremely infuriating as I've never in my whole life been able to do it. Seeing Destin do it first try fills me with jealousy. I swear I've tried it a million times.

    • Joep Brink
      Joep Brink 4 months ago +1


    • Boggy
      Boggy 4 months ago

      @Maddie's Menagerie fr i need to get this
      or some copium

    • R. G.M
      R. G.M 4 months ago

      @A Hay Seed thx i will try

    • B Hamilton
      B Hamilton 4 months ago

      @stevenqirkle there are so many youtube tutorials. have a look. it took me like an hour to figure out how to whistle like that just by watching a bunch of tutorials here. now i can whistle so loud my ears ring afterwards. good luck.

    • Touay
      Touay 4 months ago

      the folding the tongue over thing is what made it work for me.

  • Michele Pardini
    Michele Pardini 3 months ago +1

    I was very interested in the video and highly appreciated the math done to find the 0.0473 inches. I actually re-done the whole thing in metric system and got 0.12 cm , trigonometry rocks.

  • D N
    D N 3 months ago

    oh heck ya!! I was so stoked for this series after seeing your first video on this Destin. Keep up the good work, it's much appreciated!

  • willardroad
    willardroad 2 months ago +1

    Old sailor, nerding out on this. Great content. Thanks for the effort, and the quality job of editing. (I'm a video editor - kudos to you)

  • A view from the saddle

    Thank you, Justin 😂 I've always wondered how to whistle properly, and I'm totally trying that on the dog walk tomorrow!!

  • misuyy fong
    misuyy fong 4 months ago +761

    The whistling thing is extremely infuriating as I've never in my whole life been able to do it. Seeing Destin do it first try fills me with jealousy. I swear I've tried it a million times.

    • Siberius Wolf
      Siberius Wolf Month ago

      This account stole that comment from the commenter Matt Hagge, but anyhoo.

    • The Fantorangster
      The Fantorangster 3 months ago

      I can’t do any form of whistling. I was hoping this methid would work, since it looked so easy, but no.

    • ⸻ ⸻
      ⸻ ⸻ 3 months ago

      I learned when i was a kid in front of my house with a friend we trayed all day with pause because we are was red and almost colapsed from so much air blowing. If you can whistle with 4 fingers you can do with all of them (not 10 fingers in your mouth at same time) :))) Example, one finger from right hand combined with any other finger from left hand. I think it's easier to learn with one hand that classic pinchwhistle.

    • GetmeoutofSanFrancisco
      GetmeoutofSanFrancisco 3 months ago +1

      @lollycopter So.... Laminar flow?

    • ppybmjc
      ppybmjc 3 months ago

      You don't need to push your tongue back anywhere near as far or hard as I imagined. It's not like regular whistling which to me involves a lot more facial muscle tone and tension.

  • Powell Filmmaking
    Powell Filmmaking 20 days ago

    This is such good content! I sail on inland waters on the east coast so this was really cool to learn, thank you!

  • Manny G.
    Manny G. 3 months ago +2

    Love the level of excitement when you got the whistle on first try! Great video and loving all of the military-related series.

  • Austin Wagner
    Austin Wagner 3 months ago +2

    Its interesting to see people from a development side (engineer) work with end users (Coast Guard). Destin pointed out that he had never thought of a Datum as a moving point. To a member of the Coast Guard, a Datum is a float connected to a beacon, that is all. Specific words that engineers throw around end up as important terms in niche communities.

    • Kevin Milies
      Kevin Milies 21 day ago

      Hello how’re you doing?

    • Kevin Milies
      Kevin Milies 21 day ago


    • Lawrence
      Lawrence Month ago

      It's technically the same thing, the datum defines the center of the search pattern. The fact that it drifts with the current is only technically relevant when you draw the pattern. As the video demonstrated, you make two legs and return to datum, repeat 3x. With this process, the actual amount of drift is irrelevant to the process, just follow the steps.

  • CrazyPete
    CrazyPete 2 months ago

    Thank you for making this video. I doubt I will utilize this knowledge but I found it very interesting!

  • Nah Nottoday
    Nah Nottoday 4 months ago +1107

    Been subbed to sed for longer than I've been subbed to anyone else. Genuinely makes me happy to watch your videos Destin. You're like a cool big brother to a lot of us I'm sure, at least for myself I feel that way.

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 4 months ago

      @SmarterEveryDay Maybe, but you get CoolerEveryDay.

    • Frazier L
      Frazier L 4 months ago

      @AngryPotato ay to the yo!!!!?!!!

    • Zachary Alvernaz
      Zachary Alvernaz 4 months ago +1

      @SmarterEveryDay unless one of them is named "Mark Rober" none of them stand a chance of being cooler. And I'm not sure who is cooler between you and Rober.

    • pterodox123
      pterodox123 4 months ago +2

      @SmarterEveryDay+ humble + self deprecating 😁

  • Horus2Osiris
    Horus2Osiris 3 months ago

    I feel it! Smarter Every Day! Great work, Destin, as per your unusual mind; lovin' it!

  • Rhino Gixxer
    Rhino Gixxer 3 months ago

    Hi, Newly subscribed to your Channel, watched and enjoyed these videos, I was watching the Submarine breaking through the ice, I had to stop it 1/2 way through to ask this, and came to the most recent video to hopefully be seen/read. How difficult was it to get the permission from the Military to 1st get aboard & 2nd have your content reviewed then approved to present it? I am really excited and "Smarter Every Day" is a perfect channel name! Side Note: When it was the string test and the depth, i was thinking of "Down Periscope" w/ Kelsey Grammer. keep up the Great Work!

  • Casey Jacobson
    Casey Jacobson 3 months ago +2

    We use a lot of these principles in SAR from the air also. Love seeing thins deep dive. Thanks Destin.

  • hargs sgrah
    hargs sgrah 2 months ago +1

    After looking at the thumbnail I've come to realize I've done something similar without even realizing it in video games using the perspectives and "tools" (spells or other functions). Usually had to do with "unblacking field of war" or something.

  • Compy
    Compy 4 months ago +857

    "Zoom in, enhance" I think Destin just fulfilled a childhood dream saying that line.

    • Compy
      Compy 3 months ago

      @René S My uneducated guess is that he blurred it before hand, and removed the blur to give the "enhance" effect.

    • René S
      René S 3 months ago

      but did he actually use software to get this snippet so sharp? please let me know

    • White Out
      White Out 4 months ago +1

      @SmarterEveryDay wait...The sticky note isn't the joke?

    • Isoquant
      Isoquant 4 months ago

      Cracked up at that part 😂

    • Scotty Gear
      Scotty Gear 4 months ago

      @SmarterEveryDay came to the comments specially for this line. Amazing!

  • J. V.
    J. V. 3 months ago

    7:26 is awesome. happened to me as well when i was about 15 or 16. afterwards i tried it again but could not do it right away, because i tried to hard. it took me a couple of tries to properly learn it, but the first blow… exactly like this one.

  • papanito
    papanito Month ago

    Stumbled upon your channel by change and this is so interesting and very well explained. I already feel smarter today

  • D. Raahauge
    D. Raahauge 24 days ago

    Great video! I’ll take that knowledge with me back and try to implement that in the Danish Marine Home Force

  • Connor Robertson
    Connor Robertson 10 days ago

    Pretty cool! Wonder how long until we see some kind of high mounted super HD stabilized cameras that can detect objects in water with AI within a given radius.

  • Jonathan Ahlbrand
    Jonathan Ahlbrand 4 months ago +764

    I am a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. We also train on these search patterns in our mission to augment the active duty surface operations. This is one of the best explanations of SAR patterns I have ever seen. I am going to suggest to all of my operational colleagues that they watch this episode. Bravo Zulu, Destin!

    • ha chuu gazuntie
      ha chuu gazuntie 3 months ago

      @Nick Wulf they use them for fishery management and for ticketing fishermen.

    • Daniel Ong
      Daniel Ong 3 months ago


    • AnarexicSumo
      AnarexicSumo 3 months ago +1

      @Nick Wulf Not typically. Afaik only Legend Class National Security Cutters use them and only for drug and migrant interdiction. They could probably use them for SAR but it's not their main mission.

    • Richard Marston
      Richard Marston 3 months ago +6

      Should do a video on the Auxiliary too; America’s largest volunteer service. 🤙🏼

    • Ria Graham
      Ria Graham 3 months ago +6

      the canadian coast guard is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month

  • Buck Rogers
    Buck Rogers Month ago

    Thank you for this great video on SAR. My Coast Guard years were some of the best of my life.

  • Stan Cameron
    Stan Cameron 3 months ago +3

    Coast Guard Suggested Episode: When a "Coast Guard Swimmer" is lowered out of a helo by wench on a line there is about a 120 mph downwash on the swimmer and water below. As the swimmer is being lowered how does he stop from spinning and what forces are at play?

  • Taskulamppu
    Taskulamppu 3 months ago

    Hey Destin! You should make a video about pumpjacks. I've always wondered how they work.

  • Tradeshow Truss Displays
    Tradeshow Truss Displays 3 months ago +2

    Great to see a group of capable, smart, dedicated young people doing a highly professional and difficult job. They give you faith in the future of this country.

    • Andrew Van Lare
      Andrew Van Lare 3 months ago

      Yeah this is a better recruiting video than anything the coast guard could make

  • Adam K
    Adam K 4 months ago +176

    As a retired Coastie of almost 22 years, I want to thank you for this look into what truly is an amazing career! The men and women of the CG work tirelessly to maintain their profession, which is hard to convey to anyone who is not a member of the CG. Your CG series is doing a good job as helping the public see a little more of what makes the CG such a great service!
    I miss being in the CG, as I feel the CG and its outstanding members helped made me the person I am today.
    Keep up the great content, and stay safe out there, my brothers and sisters in blue!

    • Fk Yu
      Fk Yu 4 months ago +7

      The coast guard are like firemen, they're just objectively heroes. Throwing themselves into dangerous places to save lives for mediocre pay at best.

  • Florida Man
    Florida Man 3 months ago +1

    That verse from Mathew at the end was a really nice touch! Really shows respect
    "“What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”"

  • Minty Fresh
    Minty Fresh 3 months ago

    Have you ever seen the rope tension burning the saddle when trying to catch a bull. A video on that would be cool

  • LilGary
    LilGary 2 months ago +3

    I'd love to see them do this with no computer technology. It would be an interesting challenge.

  • Sajin688
    Sajin688 3 months ago +7

    The dummy part was a good laugh 😂 it was adorable seeing them all laugh as a team. Great content as always Destin. Keep up the great work

  • Duke Digby
    Duke Digby 3 months ago

    I would love to see you do a video about hydraulics, hose, hose ends, crimping, how hydraulics works and different types of hydraulic fittings etc….. Thanks for considering.

  • Philip Hirons, Jr.
    Philip Hirons, Jr. 3 months ago +1

    As a Civil Air Patrol member I have trained to plan air and ground searches on land. The current effects on the search patterns is mind blowing.

  • SlyASpiE
    SlyASpiE 22 days ago

    I said it on the last video in this series, but I feel these are as important as they are interesting, fantastic work Destin and a big thank you to you and all guys and gals out there risking their lives every day for our safety

  • Kevin Pegelow
    Kevin Pegelow 3 months ago +1

    Such a GREAT channel. Keep up the amazing work!

  • Timur Born
    Timur Born 4 months ago +801

    Everyone talking in this video were able to articulate themselves really well. They don't sound like they only recite stuff they memorized, but like they understand the subject (including the math) and are able to explain it. In short: they all seem to be smart people on top of the can-do attitude. I imagine that the acceptance tests to join are not easy.

    • Biltwon
      Biltwon 4 months ago

      @droppedthebass I'm shipping out to basic in 2 weeks, maybe I'll meet up with you in the future!

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 4 months ago

      Yeah, what's cool about this series is how it seems clear that Destin isn't just talking to some PR guy; these are entire offices of people who know what they're talking about.

    • Damien Frye
      Damien Frye 4 months ago

      @Jeremy Specce Are you sure about this statement? They are law enforcement, drug interdiction, operate in conditions that kill people all the time. Think of them like the police, DEA, and fire/rescue.

    • Henry Strauss
      Henry Strauss 4 months ago +5

      @Ákos Tolvaj Our U.S. Coast Guard is unique in that it is under the Department of Homeland Security and not the DoD.

    • Ákos Tolvaj
      Ákos Tolvaj 4 months ago +1

      @Nature Videos i didn't know it was part of the military. not such a great idea then. but nonetheless, seemed like a good team to be a part of.

  • Henri Hunter
    Henri Hunter Month ago

    Another great presentation. Well done and thank you.

  • chris kaprys
    chris kaprys 2 months ago

    So happy to check out this series from you. I just saw ‘Mediterranéo’ at a film festival which made me want to volunteer for ocean rescue work.

  • ChrisTopher
    ChrisTopher 3 months ago +4

    This makes me wonder actually. The military has incredible infrared abilities in their chopper units, why isn’t this used in SAR air rather than spending the resources and time with the boats?

  • john edgar
    john edgar 3 months ago +1

    Hey, Destin, surprised you were up on top of the wheel house. I hope they turned off the radar before you jumped up there. The radar radiation is bad for your health. Worked with a fellow that served on the Canadian weather ships back in the day. He ended up being sterile because they would sneak up onto the top of the housework in line with the radar sweep... no more kids.

  • Bce_HopMyJIb
    Bce_HopMyJIb 4 months ago +359

    This patterns reminded me of patterns for farming operations. Every pattern is good for certain conditions. For example, the most efficient way for harvest is "narrowing square" or "narrowing parralel" but if there are wild animals spotted in the area, you need "expanding parralel" pattern for those animals/birds to be able to escape.

    • Working Guy
      Working Guy 4 months ago

      @Thauã Aguirre It's coming! And, THEN, he will visit Jeremy Clarkson's farm!

    • Bce_HopMyJIb
      Bce_HopMyJIb 4 months ago

      @Sandertu less secondary moves of the equipement.

    • Sandertu
      Sandertu 4 months ago

      Why is narrowing efficient?

    • Thauã Aguirre
      Thauã Aguirre 4 months ago +1

      Hey, farming tech could be the next series for Destin!

    • Von Hassen
      Von Hassen 4 months ago +6

      @geogineer same lmao
      ngl, this comment sent me down quite a learning-hole lol

  • J C
    J C 2 months ago +1

    Man i just wana say I've been subbed for idk years now. I really enjoy all of your videos .. your content is so smart and well thought thru. Thank you fellow auto didactic

  • Try Knight
    Try Knight 3 months ago

    Thanks to this video I'm now getting in contact with my local recruiting office. Thanks Destin!!

  • Eduardo Battaglia
    Eduardo Battaglia 3 months ago +1

    I LOVE this series Destin! Great job!

  • CherryAppleMango
    CherryAppleMango 3 months ago

    The Coast Guard boat Search patterns are fantastic. 🥰👍
    I enjoyed and learned a lot from the video. I appreciate your work in putting this video to educate people like myself.
    I would like to request that you do another video about the Coast Guard flight search pattern. I believe people would love it. It would be awesome! Thank you very much in advance.

  • Douglas Gaxiola
    Douglas Gaxiola 4 months ago +110

    I hope everybody watching this video series will appreciate the level of training and competence of the Coast Guard personnel. Because they are so well trained, the Coast Guard entrusts their junior personnel with a tremendous degree of authority and autonomy. The Coast Guard is a great organization with some really impressive people.

    • Jay Lipinski
      Jay Lipinski 4 months ago +3

      Amen, Douglas. If you notice in the video, most of the individuals conducting the mission and the training are E-4 and E-5s. Not too many government agencies would qualify a 20 year old, E-4 to be in charge of a boat like that!

    • GoneCoastal86
      GoneCoastal86 4 months ago +1

      Semper paratus!

  • Benjamin Matte
    Benjamin Matte 3 months ago +2

    The Coast Guard Rules, I love watching them do their jobs, much much respect

  • Bigshooterist
    Bigshooterist 3 months ago +1

    Another entertaining and educational segment. Great stuff! Thank you.

  • MegaTroll Trollington
    MegaTroll Trollington 3 months ago

    This channel continues to put out some of the best videos on YT

  • xSensu
    xSensu Month ago

    Thank you for this, it was really interesting to learn.

  • ZalyQQ
    ZalyQQ 4 months ago +177

    The sign of an expert is being able to explain their craft back to you in a simple way. These coast guard members were very well practiced in what they do

    • Lawrence
      Lawrence Month ago

      @Jacob Shirley 100% agree. I can't begin to tell you how many bad professors I've had. I don't care if you literally wrote the book on something, if you can't break it down and explain it to laypeople, you aren't going to be a good teacher.
      I have a great respect for the many scientific communicators on YT such as Kyle Hill, Because Science, and plenty of channels like this one (Smarter Every Day) or Economics Explained for their ability to explain complex topics in a way large audiences can benefit from.

    • Jacob Shirley
      Jacob Shirley 4 months ago +3

      Not exactly. Expertise (in a field) and teaching are separate skills.
      Teaching is basically translating (from the expert to the layman); if I'm bad at translating from English to Spanish, it doesn't mean I'm not an expert at English. It just means I'm bad at translating to Spanish.

    • Captain BoneSpur
      Captain BoneSpur 4 months ago +4

      Smart group of young people. I'm actually quite shocked, and reassured. Most young people I encounter, barely look up from their phones, and when they do, it's to talk about what's on their phones.

    • George Owen
      George Owen 4 months ago +4

      Yes we are. That’s all we do is train.

  • Off Grid Bound
    Off Grid Bound 2 months ago

    Awesome! As a former ground SAR volunteer, I found the marine search patterns really interesting. And that finger whistling was just so cool! It reminded me when I was learning the skill when I was about 11 years old, while waiting my turn for an annual athletic medical checkup with about ten other boys. You can imagine the racket, and what the nurses thought of it… lol.
    But I digress. A great video! I am smarter than I was yesterday 😀

  • Javier Flores
    Javier Flores 3 months ago

    Fantastic! Informative! Captivating! Great job!

  • Randall Grills
    Randall Grills 2 months ago

    Destin, enjoy your vids. Particularly the Navy and Coastie SAR. I have a son who’s a helicopter rescue swimmer at Air Station Kodiak, AK. Will you be dropping a vid on the work CG SAR aviation does? Thanks!

  • KaosBC
    KaosBC 3 months ago

    thanks for all of your content man, whenever smarter everyday pops up on my feed I get excited. Thanks again

  • Jessie Bullock
    Jessie Bullock 4 months ago +129

    That whistle moment gave me chills! Destin, your genuine surprise and glee was so awesome. Thank you for your video!

    • Daniel Vasquez
      Daniel Vasquez 4 months ago +2

      @Christopher Musso the no-finger method is better.. learned it when I was a kid. Over the years I learned how to change pitch mid-whistle

    • Lswat717
      Lswat717 4 months ago

      Hey I am a very supportive person of other people keep up

    • Christopher Musso
      Christopher Musso 4 months ago

      I'd like to compare my no-fingers method to this double-guns method.

    • Jarod Morris
      Jarod Morris 4 months ago +4

      @Brad Agnew Grab some paper towels. I didn't get on my first, second or third try. Gotta dry off and I'll try it again.

    • Brad Agnew
      Brad Agnew 4 months ago +30

      Ive had my hands in my mouth for 5 minutes. i feel silly and still cant figure it out haha

  • Ippokratis Poimenidis
    Ippokratis Poimenidis 3 months ago

    Wow! Great technique, great explanation!

  • A T
    A T 3 months ago

    Thanks Destin for your great channel! I just learned to whistle for the first time in my life thanks to this video and Im over 30. :D Greetings from Finland!

  • James328
    James328 Month ago

    The USCG is awesome, I love all their videos.

  • Jamie Henley
    Jamie Henley 3 months ago +1

    CG Vet here. Glad you did a series on the USCG. By far the best decision of my life, best people to serve with. And, unfortunately, the lease funded or talked about service. Fair winds and following seas… Semper Paratus!

  • Jacob Hanan
    Jacob Hanan 4 months ago +36

    Destin’s reaction to whistling is why I love this channel in a nutshell. The genuine enthusiasm to learn something new, and to share it with us is contagious.

  • Dirk Boersma
    Dirk Boersma 26 days ago

    Fascinating indeed, how the Victor-Sierra works out with the drift of the waves. Thanks for this episode, it is fascinating and very informative!

  • zackandlime
    zackandlime 3 months ago

    NO WAYS!! The whistle trick worked on my second attempt and I've always always wanted to learn how to whistle like that!! Thank yooouuu Destin!

  • T
    T 3 months ago +3

    our coast guards are the real deal..super important..usually im against more spending on military or police but wouldnt mind if our coast guards got more funding

  • Shane The Brave
    Shane The Brave 3 months ago +1

    I know you passed this but I would love to see the working of alternators I thought maybe it would be a good video idea thanks for making me smarter every day

  • Zeus WWR
    Zeus WWR 4 months ago +125

    Having served in the Coast Guard for 6 years more than 30 years ago it is nice to see an educational video of these fine professionals. No on ever seems to think about those that risk their lives to save others. The old saying, “They say we have to go out…they don’t say we have to come back,” is so true. Training is done on nice calm sunny days like this but I can assure you when you are doing SAR cases in real life that is never the case. There were many times I thought we weren’t going to make it back in the seas we were in. I have passed on my patriotism and desire for service to two of my children who now serve in the Army. So proud of them both. God bless this great nation and those that protect her. Semper Paratus!

    • Ken Brown
      Ken Brown 4 months ago

      @Spout Boes it's more like if police officers rescued people.

    • philg102c
      philg102c 4 months ago +1

      @Spout Boes It is one of the founding missions of th Coast Guard. Originally there was two separate services, the U.S. Life Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service. The Revenue Cutter service acted as customs for ships coming from overseas and they would collect tarifs (hence the revenue) and fight smuggling. They ended up combine the two services and responsibilities along with others like the Steam Boat Inspection Service and the Light House Service. That is why the Coast Guard has so many main missions that were listed in the previous episode.

    • TechnaDesign
      TechnaDesign 4 months ago +1

      "No one ever seems to think about those that risk their livesbto save others..." Actually some of us civilians do think of first reponders and appreciate what they do.

    • Eric Weber
      Eric Weber 4 months ago +1

      Semper Paratus!

    • Solandri Acanthocybium
      Solandri Acanthocybium 4 months ago +16

      @Spout Boes They're in charge of maritime registration and inspection. They can do a random spot inspection of your boat at any time on the water, though they're usually pretty cool and just give you a warning for things to fix (like replace an expired fire extinguisher). Since they're going to be randomly boarding and inspecting boats anyway, they need to have the authority to act on any criminal activity they come across. BTW, firefighters do the same thing too. If you own a business where the public comes onto your premises, it needs to be inspected by the fire marshall. They can issue fines, shut you down, and even arrest you if you're not in compliance.

  • Jeremy Pressley
    Jeremy Pressley Month ago

    Dude, I’ve always wanted to know how to “dad whistle” like that - followed those instructions and it totally worked.

  • Andy
    Andy 18 days ago

    A deep dive into the Coast Guard’s efforts in combatting IUU fishing and the technologies/tactics they use in that endeavor would’ve been an awesome episode.

  • Andrew Gallant
    Andrew Gallant 3 months ago +1

    I wonder if anyone is working on an AI that can detect objects floating in the water to help with the visual scan.

  • Rombout Versluijs
    Rombout Versluijs 3 months ago

    One thing I noticed around @9:40 is due to the drift and the pattern, they miss out on quite a big area. We saw a long signal line and the upper left part was not searched