NASBLA Highlights 2022 Top Accomplishments
Each year in its Annual Report, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) highlights some of the major accomplishments reached by the organization over the past year. NASBLA Executive Board members presented these achievements to the NASBLA membership during the 63rd Annual Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Over the course of the past year, NASBLA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program delivered more than 200 courses, A Guide for Multiple Use Waterway Management, Third Edition was published, and the Operation Dry Water campaign had a record-breaking year. To find out more about the 2022 top accomplishments, check out this video from members of the NASBLA Executive Board.
1. Record Delivery of Boat Program Courses
The NASBLA BOAT Program had a record setting year in course deliveries. In 2022, 209 total courses were delivered to more the 2,900 students nationwide. The BOAT Program also increased the number of instructors delivering the national standard of training with over 380 instructors.
2. NASBLA Policy for Course Delivery Platforms and Student Assessments for a Boating Safety Education Course
With the adoption of the Basic Boating Knowledge - Core Standard and the Basic Boating Knowledge - Plus Power Standards in 2022, the Education & Outreach Committee updated the existing NASBLA Policy Basic Boating Education Course Approval Sections 8, 9, & 10 to ensure compliance with the current standard.
3. Investigative Training for Boating Incidents Standard
The Investigative Training for Boating Incidents Standard are to be used in curriculum development and training of recreational boating incident investigators. Providing commonality for boat incident investigations, general vessel terminology, and more.
4. Operation Dry Water Record-Breaking Year
The Operation Dry Water campaign had a record-breaking year with more than 7,800 officers patrolling our nation’s waterways. These officers contacted over 350,000 recreational boaters and removed 794 impaired operators from the waterways.
5. A Guide for Multiple Use Waterway Management (Third Edition)
Produced by NASBLA and the River Management Society, the Guide provides direction for effective waterway management, enhancing the enjoyment of waterways balanced with use. This resource reviews policy development, management practices, and much more.
6. MOU with Mothers Against Drunk Driving
NASBLA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), encouraging cooperation and collaboration between MADD and NASBLA in efforts to reduce and prevent incidents related to boating while impaired.
7. Waterborne Armed Threat Emergency Response (WATER) Course
The BOAT Program finalized the Waterborne Armed Threat Emergency Response (WATER) course. This course addresses the training needs of officers on the water confronted by an unexpected armed threat.
8. LJA and SOBA Back to in-person Annual Meetings
The Life Jacket Association (LJA) and the States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) both returned to in-person annual meetings in 2022 with the support of NASBLA staff under an association management services staffing agreement.
Click here to watch the 2022 NASBLA Top Accomplishments video.
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is a national nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories. We offer a variety of resources, including training, model acts, education standards, publications and more. Through a national network of thousands of professional educators, law enforcement officers and volunteers, we affect the lives of nearly 85 million American boaters.