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Florida names new Boating Law Administrator

By Taylor Matsko posted 03-14-2023 10:06 AM

Florida names new Boating Law Administrator
Captain Rachel Bryant - FL
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is pleased to welcome Captain Rachel Bryant, the new Boating Law Administrator (BLA) for the state of Florida.

Capt. Bryant came to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in 2012. She has a total of 29 years of law enforcement experience, including field training officer, general instructor, high liability instructor and as a member of the Environmental Emergency Response Team. She is currently serving as President of the State Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Association. Bryant began working in FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section in 2019.

“With the abundant opportunities to recreate on the water in Florida, the state plays an important role within NASBLA,” said Capt. Bryant. “I’m excited to take on the role of State Boating Law Administrator and look forward to the opportunity to work alongside other BLAs across the United States to further Florida’s safe boating mission.”

Capt. Bryant leads the Boating Safety Unit, which is responsible for reviewing all boating incident reports that occur in Florida and providing instruction to all new recruits at the FWC academy on navigational rules, vessel law and boating incident investigation. The Boating Safety Unit also produces FWC’s annual Boating Accident Statistical Report for Florida and provides statistical data to multiple sections within the FWC and other agencies to improve boating safety. The information in the report is used for enforcement activities, education and outreach, and for local municipalities for consideration on managing local waterways.