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

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

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38 Responses

  1. SmarterEveryDay says:

    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. Thank you everyone who supports on Patreon. This allows me to make videos about topics I feel great personally curiosity towards. If you’d like to emotionally partner with me on what I do, feel free to join me on my path of discovery here: https://www.patreon.com/smartereveryday.

    Thanks to all the Coasties that took the time to teach me, and who worked with me to make this video possible.

  2. NightHawkInLight says:

    I was just reading about the development of optimal search patterns last week. Good to finally learn how to finger whistle!

  3. NeonRna says:

    I had a hard time acclimating to college and almost quit pursuing engineering to find another major, but through your videos and some other fantastic creators in this genre I found a major I enjoy. So thank you.

  4. Sam Brown says:

    21 year retired Coastie here and you explained that perfectly. The funny thing is our small boat station community are some of our youngest people and they are performing these searches all the time. It sounds complex but when you do them all the time it becomes routine. The large ships and aircraft use the same procedures.

  5. ZalyQQ says:

    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

    • George Owen says:

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

    • Hermann Goring says:

      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.

  6. Alec Steele says:

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

  7. Øystein S says:

    The square wave search pattern is called Boustrophedon, literally meaning “turning like the ox plows”. That’s the one piece of information I can’t forget from my university signal-processing classes….

  8. LockPickingLawyer says:

    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. 👍

  9. Nadia Gonzalez-Engler says:

    “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” So poignant with this video as the backdrop. Great video in an amazing series, Destin, thanks!

  10. lol says:

    17:22 I honestly couldn’t see that float until you zoomed in and drew a circle around it; these coastguards must have super vision to do this job; I’m amazed at how good they are at it!

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