NASBLA CEO Joins National Drowning Prevention Alliance Advisory Council
Lexington, KY (Apr. 30, 2019) – The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is honored to announce that NASBLA Chief Executive Officer, John M. Johnson, has been named as a member of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) Advisory Council.
“NASBLA is dedicated to achieving a culture of safety in recreational boating through our members , community and partnerships,” says John Johnson, NASBLA CEO. “What NASBLA does to prevent accidents, injuries and deaths related to recreational boating is inextricably intertwined into the scope of water safety. Being able to contribute to the NDPA’s mission of drowning prevention is an honor and I am eager to work with the other NDPA Advisors and the Board of Directors to advance programs and initiatives that will result in more lives saved and more tragedies prevented.”
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 76% of fatal boating accident victims drowned where cause of death was known. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 84.5% were not wearing a life jacket. NASBLA and the NDPA are dedicated to preventing these, and other, tragic and largely preventable drownings.
The NDPA Advisory Council fills an important role of expanding the NDPA’s expertise, breadth and scope in water safety. The NDPA Advisory Council is comprised of experts, advocates and decision makers in the water safety realm. John Johnson will fill one of 16 positions on the NDPA Advisory Council. The term will begin July 1, 2019 and is a two-year term.
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is a professional community, leading recreational boating safety through innovation and collaboration for excellence in policy development, national standards, and best practices. NASBLA envisions a flourishing culture of safe, enjoyable boating for everyone.
 2017 U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics