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NASBLA Names 2024 Regional Winners for Pamela S. Dillon Boating Educator of the Year Award LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 12, 2024) – The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is pleased to announce the regional winners of the 2024 Pamela S. Dillon Boating Educator of the Year award . Generously sponsored by Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc. , this award was established by NASBLA in 2011 to honor educators who excel in engaging students and boaters, raising awareness, and making boating education initiatives relevant, comprehensive, and exciting. As NASBLA members, every state and territory is eligible to nominate their state-level ...
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NASBLA Announces 2024 Regional Winners of the Butch Potts Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 12, 2024) – The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is excited to announce this year’s regional winners of the Butch Potts Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award . This prestigious award represents the highest level of achievement among boating law enforcement officers across the United States. The selection process for this award began in January when NASBLA solicited nominations from each state and territory for their boating law enforcement officer of the year. Subsequently, ...
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2024 Western Region Educator of the Year Award Winner Announced Scott Murdoch, a dedicated wildlife officer with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), has been named the NASBLA Western Region Educator of the Year for 2024. When envisioning a boating educator in Colorado, one might not immediately think of a wildlife officer from Conifer, a small district without boating waters. However, Murdoch has defied expectations, becoming instrumental in CPW’s mission to promote boating safety across the state. Murdoch began his career as a district wildlife manager in Grand Lake, where he seized every opportunity to be on the water, patrol, and educate ...
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Deputy Adam Peterson Named the 2024 NASBLA Western Region Officer of the Year Deputy Adam Peterson, of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office , has been named the NASBLA Western Region Officer of the Year for 2024. For the past four years, Deputy Peterson has provided exceptional service in all aspects of marine law enforcement and the boating community throughout Oregon. He has demonstrated outstanding commitment through education, public outreach, technological innovation, enforcement of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) laws, incident investigation, and community service. Deputy Peterson patrols Clackamas County, which has the highest ...
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Marcus Bowling named the 2024 NASBLA Southern Region Educator of the Year Marcus Bowling, of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, has been named the 2024 NASBLA Southern Region Educator of the Year . As a dedicated member of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife for 25 years, Bowling has excelled in various roles, including law enforcement and marketing. Since 2019, he has served as the boating education coordinator, bringing invaluable knowledge, experience, and training to the position. Bowling's initiatives have profoundly influenced boating safety education in Kentucky. In response to the heightened interest ...
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2024 NASBLA Southern Region Officer of the Year Awarded to Tennessee's Montana Michelson Officer Montana Michelson, a dedicated member of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) , has been named the 2024 NASBLA Southern Region Officer of the Year . Throughout 2023, Officer Michelson showcased unwavering commitment to boating safety and enforcement, embodying a contagious work ethic and becoming an essential asset to District 21's boating enforcement efforts. His remarkable dedication and expertise have significantly contributed to enhancing boater safety in Tennessee. During the year, Officer Michelson conducted 837 boating inspections ...
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NASBLA Announces the 2024 Northern Region Educator of the Year Christopher Calhoun, of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, has been named the 2024 NASBLA Northern Region Educator of the Year . Calhoun's contributions to boating safety and water rescue education have earned him this recognition. As an aquatic resource program specialist with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC), Calhoun has dedicated 35 years to improving safety and training on Pennsylvania's waterways. His efforts have significantly impacted boating safety education both in the Commonwealth and beyond. In addition to his role with PFBC, Calhoun is ...
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NASBLA Names the 2024 Northern Region Officer of the Year Conservation Officer James Fogarty, of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) – Law Enforcement Division , has been named the 2024 NASBLA Northern Region Officer of the Year . Since joining the DNR in July 2016, Officer Fogarty has demonstrated unwavering dedication to boating law enforcement. He has consistently gone above and beyond normal duties, volunteering for special assignments such as interview boards for new hires, assisting with the Correctional Officer (CO) entrance exam, participating in recruiting events, and engaging in public speaking and media events. ...
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NASBLA BOAT Program Recognizes Charlie Mallow as the 2023 Instructor of the Year The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is proud to announce the 2023 BOAT Program Instructor of the Year, Charlie Mallow, recognized for his exceptional performance and dedication within the Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program . The Instructor of the Year Award was presented to Charlie Mallow on May 8 in Clearwater Beach, Florida, acknowledging his unwavering commitment to providing high-quality education and experience to students participating in the BOAT Program. Mallow, a lead instructor, has consistently demonstrated ...
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North Dakota Game Warden Jerad Bluem Earns Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) Certification On March 30, 2024, District Game Warden Jerad Bluem of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department passed the Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) exam and was awarded his CRBP certification. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is pleased to recognize Jerad Bluem as one of the individuals who have recently attained the CRBP credential. The CRBP certification, developed by NASBLA, is a voluntary credential for recreational boating professionals. It encompasses knowledge, performance, ...
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Vermont names new Boating Law Administrator The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is excited to welcome Al Johnson, the new Boating Law Administrator (BLA) for the state of Vermont. Al Johnson is a lifelong boater and surfer raised on Cape Cod, where his father served as a USCG Reserve SAR Coxswain. He has dedicated the last 15 years to the Vermont Department of Health, managing grants, contracts, budgets, and financial reporting for the Chronic Disease Prevention Unit, primarily funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Al is particularly interested in NASBLA's "public health approach" to ...
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New York names new Boating Law Administrator The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) would like to welcome Alexi Howland, the new Boating Law Administrator (BLA) for the state of New York. Alexi Howland is the new Director of Marine Services and Recreational Vehicles, also serving as New York's Boating Law Administrator. In this role, she oversees both Marine Services and the Snowmobile Unit. With 12 years of active-duty service in the U.S. Coast Guard and ongoing service in the Reserve Component, Alexi brings a wealth of experience to her new position. She is passionate about boating education and looks forward ...
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NASBLA Hosts Dual Events: 2024 State RBS Workshop and Inaugural Education Seminar State agency representatives, including boating law administrators, education coordinators, and enforcement coordinators, attended the 2024 NASBLA State Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Workshop , along with members of the U.S. Coast Guard. This group of recreational boating safety professionals gathered in Lexington, Kentucky, on March 12 - 13 to discuss current programs and trends in boating safety. Representatives from 49 states were present at the Workshop. Presentations were given on the topics of state grant programs, first responder training, NASBLA projects and ...
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NASBLA Renames Lifetime Achievement Award in Honor of John M. Johnson During the 2024 State Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Workshop in Lexington, Kentucky, on March 12-13, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) honored John M. Johnson for his exceptional career with NASBLA and his enduring impact on the Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) program. NASBLA Chair Lieutenant Curtis Lewis presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Johnson. This award is one of NASBLA’s most prestigious awards and is presented to a person who devotes their career to promoting boating safety. Their contributions to this mission ...
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Mike DiMeo Achieves Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) Certification On March 4, 2024, Officer Michael DiMeo (Harbormaster) of the Marshfield Police Department in Massachusetts passed the Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) exam, earning his CRBP certification. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is pleased to recognize Michael DiMeo as one of the individuals who have recently attained the CRBP credential. The CRBP certification, developed by NASBLA, is a voluntary credential for recreational boating professionals that encompasses knowledge, performance, and career achievements ...
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Phoebe Wallace Awarded Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) Certification On February 22, 2024, Phoebe Wallace of the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation passed the Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) exam, earning her CRBP certification. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is pleased to recognize Phoebe Wallace as one of the recent achievers of the CRBP credential. The CRBP certification, developed by NASBLA, is a voluntary credential for recreational boating professionals that encompasses knowledge, performance, and career achievements in specific program domains. ...
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NASBLA Kicks Off 2024 Spring Events The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is hosting the 2024 State Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Workshop and the first-ever Education Seminar this week in Lexington, Kentucky. The State RBS Workshop kicked off on March 12 and concludes on March 13. This annual two-day meeting provides boating authorities with an opportunity to attend sessions on current and emerging issues affecting boating program management and engage in open dialogue with their colleagues on topics specific to state recreational boating safety programs. In conjunction with this year's Workshop, ...
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Yvonne Pentz Attains Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) Certification On February 5, 2024, Yvonne Pentz of the National Safe Boating Council passed the Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) exam, earning her CRBP certification. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is pleased to recognize Yvonne Pentz as one of the recent achievers of the CRBP credential. The CRBP certification, developed by NASBLA, is a voluntary credential for recreational boating professionals that encompasses knowledge, performance, and career achievements in specific program domains. Yvonne Pentz, ...
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NASBLA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the International Association of Marine Investigators The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI) signed a new memorandum of understanding on Monday, February 26, at IAMI's 34th Annual Training Seminar in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The MOU enumerates the associations' efforts in support of recreational boating safety objectives for the benefit of boaters throughout North America. In the MOU, NASBLA and IAMI pledge to cooperatively engage in marketing and social media aimed at the broad maritime community of ...
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Chelsea Hofmeier Achieves Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) Certification On February 2, 2024, Chelsea Hofmeier of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks passed the Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) exam and earned her CRBP certification. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is pleased to recognize Chelsea Hofmeier as one of the recent achievers of the CRBP credential. The CRBP certification, developed by NASBLA, is a voluntary credential for recreational boating professionals that encompasses knowledge, performance, and career achievements in specific program ...
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