Program Manager named for On-Water Boating Skills Verified Course Program

By Hannah Helsby posted 12-05-2017 10:21 AM


Program Manager named for On-Water Boating Skills Verified Course Program

12/5/17 (Lexington, Ky.) – Mark Chanski has been named the Program Manager for the On-Water Boating Skills Verified Course Program. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), through grant funding administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, implements a process of voluntary third-party conformity assessment for on-water boating skill programs to verify a course meets American National Standards for Power, Sail, and Human-Propelled. Successful completion of the conformity assessment indicates that the content of a course conforms to the American National Standard for on-water skills. 

Chanski currently also serves as a boating resource technician for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Boating Division. During his eleven years with the division he has initiated and managed a number of innovate boating safety programs. He has extensive commercial and recreational maritime experience and has received numerous awards from state and national organizations for his efforts and achievements in the boating education field. 

Recognized by the American National Standards Institute as American National Standards, the On-Water Power, On-Water Sailing, and On-Water Human-Propelled standards identify fundamental skills that entry-level recreational boat operators should be able to demonstrate after receiving instruction. The standards are freely available for voluntary application by organizations providing recreational boating instructional programs. More information about these standards can be found at or

NASBLA offers this third-party conformity assessment at no cost through this grant-supported program for a limited time. To learn more about the On-Water Verified Course Program, visit