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Revised Draft Boating Incident Investigation Standards – Public Review Period Opens May 4, 2022 Recreational Boating Incident Standards of Investigation are for use in curriculum development and training of recreational boating incident investigators in the U.S. States, Territories, and District of Columbia. These Standards provide commonality for recreational boat incident investigations, general vessel terminology, navigation rules and regulations, environmental distractions, witness interviews, collision dynamics, evidence collection and preservation, diagramming, and report writing, including adherence to definitions and detail in the incident narrative ...
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Mothers Against Drunk Driving Launches BUI Campaign Lake of the Ozarks (location TBD) 10 a.m. May 26, 2022 (to be confirmed) To kick off MADD’s first-ever boating under the influence prevention campaign, “BUI = DUI, Know Before You Boat,” MADD is joining with law enforcement agencies across the country to promote safe boating and educate boaters about the dangers of boating while impaired. The campaign launch will take place on May 26, 2022 with a press conference in the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, led by MADD National President Alex Otte, who was nearly killed by a drunk boater on July 2, 2010 when she was 13 years old. MADD will host ...
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Exploring the Coast Guard’s National Recreational Boating Safety Surveys (NRBSS) On   Tuesday, May 10 at 11:00 AM (EDT), with a repeat on Thursday, May 12 at 3:00 PM (EDT) , a team of State and U.S. Coast Guard members of NASBLA’s Engineering, Reporting & Analysis Committee (ERAC) will host hour-long webinars on the   National Recreational Boating Safety Surveys (NRBSS) . Jonathan Hsieh (CG-BSX), Tammy Terry (Ohio), and Joanna Andrade (California) will cover the purposes of the 2018 NRBSS Participation and Exposure Surveys and how they were done; share interesting findings from this last round and the benefits of understanding and using the results; ...
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New American National Standards for Basic Boating Knowledge   The   National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)   is pleased to announce the publication of the following American National Standards (effective June 1, 2022): ANSI/NASBLA 100-2022: Basic Boating Knowledge – Core ANSI/NASBLA 101-2022: Basic Boating Knowledge – Plus Human-Propelled ANSI/NASBLA 102-2022: Basic Boating Knowledge – Plus Sailing ANSI/NASBLA 103-2022: Basic Boating Knowledge – Plus Power     ANSI/NASBLA 103.1-2022: Supplement - Basic Boating Knowledge – Plus Water-Jet Propelled These standards implement the “Core-Plus” format, ensuring ...
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NASBLA Executive Committee Delegation Meets with U.S. Coast Guard in Washington, D.C. On March 17, 2022, a small NASBLA Executive Committee delegation, led by Chairman Kenton Turner, had the opportunity to visit the United States Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The meeting with Commandant Karl Schultz was facilitated by Jeffrey Wheeler, Deputy Chief of Boat Forces, where he partnered with Verne Gifford, Chief of the Boating Safety Division. Their efforts resulted in meeting with senior leadership across both the office of the Assistant Commandant for Capability, RADM Todd Wiemers, and the office of the Assistant Commandant for Prevention, ...
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Captain Tim Dunleavy commended for his achievements as NASBLA Chair The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) hosted its State Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Workshop , March 2 – 3, in Lexington, Kentucky. During the Executive Board meeting, which took place prior to the event on March 1, Verne Gifford, Chief, Boating Safety Division (CG-BSX-2), presented NASBLA past Chair and New Hampshire Boating Law Administrator (BLA), Captain Tim Dunleavy, with the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Program’s Award of Excellence. The Award of Excellence is the highest level of the two awards that the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety ...
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Public Review of Boating Incident Investigation Standards – Open through April 1, 2022 Recreational Boating Incident Standards of Investigation are for use in curriculum development and training of recreational boating incident investigators in the U.S. States, Territories, and District of Columbia. These Standards provide commonality for recreational boat incident investigations, general vessel terminology, navigation rules and regulations, environmental distractions, witness interviews, collision dynamics, evidence collection and preservation, diagramming, and report writing, including adherence to definitions and detail in the incident narrative with particular ...
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Release Announced - A Guide for Multiple Use Waterway Management, Third Edition The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is pleased to announce the release of A Guide for Multiple Use Waterway Management, Third Edition . Download a free copy of the 154-page, full color Guide at https://www.waterwaymanagement.org/home . Produced under a U.S. Coast Guard national non-profit grant, the Guide supports the reduction of recreational boating fatalities and injuries through improved understanding of and accessibility to tools needed to implement sound management processes on shared recreational waters, including the intersection ...
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NASBLA recognizes Bradley Williams for his advancements to boating safety During the 2021 Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program National Instructor Development Workshop held in Lexington, Kentucky, December 8 – 9, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) recognized Bradley D. Williams for his commitment to the advancement of recreational boating safety at the state, national and international level. In addition to this recognition from NASBLA, Williams was also presented with the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award. NASBLA first presented Bradley Williams with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime ...
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New Jersey names new Boating Law Administrator The   National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)   is excited to welcome Sergeant First Class (SFC) Christopher Jones, the new Boating Law Administrator (BLA) for the state of New Jersey. Chris was promoted to Sergeant First Class on January 2, 2021 and currently serves as the Assistant Station Commander of Burlington and Bivalve Marine Stations situated along the Delaware River and Bay.   SFC Jones graduated the 137th New Jersey State Police Recruit Class in 2004 and was assigned to various stations within the Field Operations Section, Troop “A”. In 2007 he was selected for ...
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Peter Louzao honored for his impact on boating safety The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) honored Peter D. Louzao for his dedication to the advancement of recreational boating safety at the state, national, and international level during the 2021 Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program National Instructor Development Workshop held December 8-9 in Lexington, Kentucky. During the event, Louzao was recognized by both NASBLA and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for his achievements throughout his career. Peter Louzao was first presented with the NASBLA Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award ...
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Louisiana names new Boating Law Administrator The  National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)  would like to welcome Major Clay Marques, the new Boating Law Administrator (BLA) for the state of Louisiana. Major Marques is originally from Chalmette and joined the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division in 2006. Major Marques started as an agent patrolling Livingston Parish. While he was a field agent, Major Marques also became a NASBLA Tactical Operator’s Course instructor and certified in the NASBLA Officer Water Survival Course. Major Marques was then assigned to the LDWF Enforcement ...
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October 1, 2021 Colonel Nathan Noyes                                                                                   Division of State Police New Hampshire Department of Safety 33 Hazen Drive Concord, NH 03305 Dear Colonel Noyes, On behalf of the membership of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), I am writing to thank you and the Division of State Police for the exemplary leadership demonstrated by Captain Tim Dunleavy of the New Hampshire Marine Patrol during his recent term as Chairman of the NASBLA Executive Board during 2020-2021. Taking the reins of our association during the peak of the pandemic last fall, Captain ...
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Oregon names new Boating Law Administrator The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)  is pleased to welcome MariAnn McKenzie, the new interim Boating Law Administrator (BLA) for the state of Oregon.  MariAnn McKenzie has been with the Oregon State Marine Board since March 2006 in the Boating Safety Section. She is the coordinator for several programs including Boating Safety Education, kids/school education, “Let’s Go Boating” Grant Program, Incident and Fatality Data, and the Boating Safety Advocates Program. MariAnn was also the Team Leader for the Non-Motorized Boat Oregon Advisory Team (BOATs) and ...
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Ohio names new Boating Law Administrator The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is excited to welcome Cindy Bellar, the new Boating Law Administrator (BLA) for the state of Ohio. Cindy Bellar is a Natural Resources Administrator with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Parks and Watercraft where she oversees mandatory boating education, boating safety education and marine patrol grants, as well as marine law enforcement and rescue training. During her 26 years at ODNR, Cindy has served as an intern, officer, specialist, law enforcement coordinator, education manager, watercraft law enforcement ...
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NASBLA BOAT Program names Officer Thomas Reardon the 2021 Instructor of the Year The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) recognized Maine Marine Patrol Officer Thomas Reardon as the 2021 Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program Instructor of the Year. The 2021 Instructor of the Year Award was presented to Reardon on December 8 at the BOAT Program National Instructor Development Workshop held in Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to his success as a Maine Marine Patrol officer, Thomas Reardon has continuously demonstrated professional excellence as a NASBLA BOAT Program instructor. Beginning as a break-in instructor ...
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NASBLA BOAT Program Recognizes the 2020 Instructor of the Year 2020 Instructor of the Year Award The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) recognized the 2020 BOAT Program Instructor of the Year for his exceptional performance of duties and responsibilities within the Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program . The 2020 Instructor of the Year Award was presented to Jay Chesser at this year’s BOAT Program National Instructor Development Workshop held in Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to his success as a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer, Jay Chesser has been instrumental in the growth and success ...
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Mississippi names new Boating Law Administrator The   National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)   would like to welcome Captain Megan Fedrick, the new Boating Law Administrator (BLA) for the state of Mississippi. Cpt. Megan Fedrick began her career with the   Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks   in 1999. Throughout the years, she has held positions as an officer, biologist, and educator. Currently, she is the Director of Hunter and Boater Education. Cpt. Fedrick facilitates both statewide education programs and assists with the Mississippi Scholastic Shooting Sports program. Her duties also include overseeing ...
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NASBLA BOAT Program Delivers Boat Operator for Search and Rescue Course  The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program delivered a Boat Operator for Search and Rescue (BOSAR) course, hosted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Natural Resources Police, from November 1 – 5, 2021. The BOSAR course gives maritime law enforcement and emergency responders a learning framework in order to become more proficient with skills necessary to operate in the maritime environment and conduct search and rescue (SAR) operations.  Over the course of the five-day training, 15 students ...
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Award Winners Recognized at the 2021 NASBLA Annual Conference The 62 nd Annual NASBLA Conference was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from Sept. 26 – 29, 2021. During the awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 28, NASBLA presented their annual national awards, recognizing NASBLA members and colleagues in the recreational boating safety community for their outstanding contributions to boating and water safety. NASBLA had the opportunity to recognize 18 award winners at this year’s event. Chair’s Award Captain Kenneth Ryan , New Jersey Boating Law Administrator, New Jersey State Police Marine Unit Amanda Pérez , Director of Education, BoatUS ...
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