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Capt. Chris Day Awarded Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) Certification On January 31, 2024, Captain Chris Day 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 Capt. Chris Day 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 in specific program domains. Chris Day, ...
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Joe Campbell Attains Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) Certification On December 26, 2023, Joseph Campbell of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency 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 Joe Campbell 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 in specific ...
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NASBLA Mourns the Passing of Former Georgia BLA Terry West The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) mourns the passing of former Georgia DNR Deputy Commissioner and NASBLA President, Terry West. Terry earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in accounting from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga., and a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga. In addition, Terry is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College. Terry’s career was marked by impressive accolades, demonstrating his commitment to improving safety and enhancing the lives of ...
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Captain Glenn Dean Achieves Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) Certification On December 8, 2023, Captain Glenn Dean of Connecticut Boating Certificates LLC 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 acknowledge Captain Glenn Dean 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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Pennsylvania names new Boating Law Administrator The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is pleased to welcome Paul Littman, the new Boating Law Administrator (BLA) for the state of Pennsylvania. Paul comes to Pennsylvania from New York where he served as the Boating Law Administrator and the Director of Marine & Recreational Vehicles for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Paul directed the agency’s operations in Recreational Boating Safety, public vessel inspection and licensing, and the snowmobile unit. Throughout his state service, Paul was actively engaged in NASBLA ...
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Peg Phillips Awarded Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) Certification On January 6, 2024, Peg Phillips, National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) Executive Director, passed the Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) exam and was awarded her CRBP certification. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is pleased to recognize Peg Phillips as the latest individual to achieve 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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NASBLA Announces Ron Sarver, CAE, as Interim Executive Director and CEO The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is proud to announce Ron Sarver, CAE, as the Interim Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ron brings over three decades of invaluable experience in association management and a deep understanding of NASBLA's mission and operations. Ron has been an integral part of the NASBLA community since 1993, showcasing his dedication and expertise in various roles within the association. His extensive involvement includes staffing policy committees such as Paddlesports; Vessel Identification, ...
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Indiana names new Boating Law Administrator The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is excited to welcome Major Brian Bailey, the new Boating Law Administrator (BLA) for the state of Indiana. Major Brian Bailey began his career in 2006 as an Indiana Conservation Officer assigned to Owen County. Later, he transferred to Monroe County in south-central Indiana. In 2016, he was promoted to corporal of Operational District 6, and in 2022, he assumed the role of communications commander. In October 2023, Bailey was promoted to his current position as Support Services Major. In January 2024, Maj. Bailey took ...
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Investigative Training for Boating Incidents – Public Review and Consensus Balloting Period The Investigative Training for Boating Incidents draft standard was originally produced by the Boating Incident Investigation Standard Workgroup under funding from a U.S. Coast Guard National Nonprofit grant. NASBLA’s National Boating Standards Panel (BSP) was tasked with administering this standard through the ANSI process. This is the third public review period under the process to be recognized as an American National Standard. Comments will only be considered as they pertain to the items that have been substantively changed based on the comments ...
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Boating Standards Panel Welcomes New Members The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the members of the National Boating Standards Panel (BSP) would like to welcome three new members to the BSP! Peg Phillips, Wendy Flynn, and David Fuller officially joined the fifteen-member Panel on January 1, 2024. Peg Phillips joined the Panel in the NGO/Nonprofit category. Peg currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), and she is also an experienced boating instructor. She is a certified American Canoe Association L2 Kayak Instructor, SUP Instructor, and NSBC Powerboat ...
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Boating Standards Panel Members Recognized for Service The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the members of the National Boating Standards Panel (BSP) would like to sincerely thank Panel members Bob Brandenstein, Eric Lundin, and Melissa Miranda for their work on the BSP. These three members termed out December 31, 2023 and provided invaluable contributions to recreational boating safety. During their tenure, they ushered NASBLA’s American National Standards into a new era with the Core-Plus approach. As a result of their contributions, NASBLA had five American National Standards recognized by ANSI in 2022 ...
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Tom Guess Attains Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) Certification On December 1, 2023, Tom Guess, with the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety, 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 Tom Guess as the ninth person to achieve the CRBP credential. The CRBP certification, developed by NASBLA, is a voluntary credential for recreational boating professionals that encompasses their knowledge, performance, and career achievements in specific program domains. ...
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SOBA Launches Three New Committees The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) Executive Board is excited to announce the launch of three new committees: the Knowledge & Education Committee, the Symposium Planning Committee, and the Website Development Committee. Now is your opportunity to be a driving force behind our organization's future – committee sign-ups are officially open until January 31, 2024 ! 1. Knowledge & Education Committee The mission of the Knowledge & Education Committee is to facilitate, develop and provide professional development opportunities, resources, and training to SOBA’s members. The committee will focus ...
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Jim Patrillo Awarded Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) Certification On October 31, 2023, Jim Patrillo, with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, 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 Jim Patrillo as the eighth person to achieve the CRBP credential. The CRBP certification, developed by NASBLA, is a voluntary credential for recreational boating professionals that encompasses their knowledge, performance, and career achievements in specific program ...
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NASBLA Highlights 2023 Top Accomplishments At the start of the 2023 Annual Conference, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) highlighted some of the major accomplishments reached by the organization over the past year. These accomplishments were presented to the NASBLA membership in Denver, Colorado by members of the NASBLA Executive Board. Over the course of the past year, NASBLA renewed five Memorandums of Understanding (MOU), announced the new Education Seminar which will be kicking off this spring, developed the NASBLA Investigative Training for Boating Incidents Standard, announced the addition of the Waterways ...
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NASBLA Chief Executive Officer Announces Retirement NASBLA members, colleagues, and friends, Following 34 years of service to NASBLA, the last 18 of which have been as your CEO and Executive Director, I am writing to let you know I will be retiring at the first of the year. It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve this incredible association and to have the opportunity to work for and with exemplary professionals like you and the NASBLA staff. Over these last three decades, I have seen unbelievable changes in this organization and its impact on recreational boating safety nationwide. Together, we have made a positive difference ...
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Kentucky names new Boating Law Administrator The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) would like to welcome Major Greg Watts, the new Boating Law Administrator (BLA) for the state of Kentucky. Major Greg Watts is a 24.5-year veteran of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) law enforcement. Before that, he spent five years with the Perry County Sheriff's Office as a patrol deputy and school resource officer. Major Watts is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and the University of the Cumberlands with degrees in police administration and justice administration. He and ...
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Massachusetts names new Boating Law Administrator The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is pleased to welcome Captain Jack Chapin, the new Boating Law Administrator (BLA) for the state of Massachusetts. Captain Chapin has worked for the Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP) for thirteen years after serving thirty years in the US Navy. He was promoted from MEP’s Detective Bureau to the position of Deputy Chief of both the Inland East and Special Operations Bureau's in 2022. His primary functions are to manage the Inland East and Special Operations field personnel and direct the boating safety, off-highway ...
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Applicants Sought for the National Boating Standards Panel The National Boating Standards Panel is accepting new Panel member applications for a term to begin in January 2024. Members of the Panel serve a three-year term and belong to one of five interest categories represented on the Panel. The categories include: commercial, non-governmental/nonprofit organization, federal boating agency, state boating agency, and public. The objective of the Standards Panel is to identify and implement a consensus-based process in conformance with ANSI Essential Requirements for the purposes of reviewing, developing, revising, and promulgating knowledge and ...
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2023 NASBLA Annual Report Released The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) , a national nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety, has released its 2023 Annual Report . The report covers a variety of accomplishments achieved by NASBLA and its members, stemming from NASBLA policy committees, grant projects, annual events, national awards and more. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories. "While every year brings its own challenges and opportunities, as we reflect back on the year in review, 2023 stands ...
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