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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Spring Aboard: Encouraging boaters to Keep Your Edge this boating season   LEXINGTON , Ky.   (January 24 , 2019)  – It may not feel like boating season yet, but boating safety advocates are urging boaters to Keep Your Edge by enrolling in a boating education course this spring. The Spring Aboard – Take A Boating Education Course campaign encourages boaters to get educated prior to the kick-off of the boating season to make the most of your time on the water. Many education providers and partners offer discounts or other incentives for students who enroll in or complete a boating safety course during the week ...
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Deadline for applications is February 28, 2019. NASBLA has announced an open call for applications for the NASBLA Education Director position. Pam Dillon, CAE, NASBLA Director, Education & Standards will retire in late 2019. The Education Director will start with the association as early as March 2019, and assume the full role of Education Director following the NASBLA Annual Conference. NASBLA is actively searching for candidates to who are interested in serving as the Association’s lead staff on matters pertaining to state and national boater education programs and the NASBLA Education & Outreach Committee. Duties also include providing direct ...
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Wheeler Elected Chair, National Boating Education Standards Panel Jeff Wheeler, Deputy Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Boat Forces has been appointed to serve as the Chair of the National Boating Education Standards Panel (ESP). In December, the NASBLA Executive Board met and confirmed the appointments for the 2019-2020 Education Standards Panel.  The Education Standards Panel performs the primary function of review, and as required, updating the current NASBLA National Boating Education Standards in an open and structured manner to meet the needs of the recreational boating community. The Panel works to identify and implement a consensus-based ...
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Arizona Game and Fish Department Paddlesports Training Course Recognized as Verified Course The  Arizona Game and Fish Department  is being recognized for meeting the American National Standard for  On-Water Recreational Boating Skills Standard – HUMAN-PROPELLED. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is responsible for registering Arizona watercraft, enforcing boating safety laws and educating the public on safe boating practices. Game and Fish also enforces the state’s Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) laws.   The organization's on-water paddlesports course, “ Paddlesports Arizona ,” has been verified to meet the American National Standard for on-water skills ...
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Man convicted in hit and run boat crash, multiple victims [Lyman, ME - 12/17/18] A man from Lyman, Maine was convicted on four counts of Reckless Conduct with a Dangerous Weapon resulting from a hit and run boat crash that occurred on July 8, 2017 around midnight on Wadleigh Pond in Lyman. Matthew Campbell was found guilty by a jury in Alfred Superior Court of operating a pontoon boat that crashed head-on into another boat that had four occupants. As a result of the starboard pontoon of Campbell’s boat penetrating the middle of the victim’s boat, the victim’s boat sank immediately. Although all four occupants sustained head injuries to include concussions ...
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NASBLA BOAT Program Recognizes Instructor of the Year 2018 Instructor of the Year Award   The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) recognizes the 2018 BOAT Program Instructor of the Year for his exceptional performance of duties and responsibilities within the NASBLA Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program. The 2018 Instructor of the Year Award was presented to Mike Pryor at the 2018 BOAT Program Instructor Conference in Lexington, Kentucky.   Having been an instructor in the BOAT Program since 2009, Mike Pryor has made a significant impact on our Nation’s maritime capabilities and readiness through the delivery ...
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Freedom Boat Club Member Training On-Water Course Recognized as Verified Course The Freedom Boat Club  is being recognized for meeting the American National Standard for  On-Water Recreational Boating Skills Standard – POWER. Freedom Boat Club has 16,000 members in their community. This is Freedom Boat Club’s first course to receive this  voluntary third-party verification  for an on-water powerboating course based on the American National Standard for recreational boating skills.   The organization's on-water powerboating course, “ Freedom Boat Club Member Training ,” has been verified to meet the American National Standard for on-water skills entitled  ...
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2018 Operation Dry Water Annual Report The 2018 Operation Dry Water annual report summarized this year's enforcement, outreach and awareness activity.  The campaign also celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2018. Check out the annual report to see how far the campaign has come and what went on in 2018! The annual report includes law enforcement results, analyzes media exposure, reviews the growth of the campaign over the past 10 years and much more. About Operation Dry Water Operation DryWater (ODW) is a year-round boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign. The mission of ODW is to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug-related ...
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Webinar Series:  Applying The Public Health Approach To Recreational Boating Injury Prevention Presented By: The National Association Of State Boating Law Administrators And The Safe States Alliance WHEN: Four webinars held from September - November 2018 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST. Dates are September 25, October 23, October 29, November 8  WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?  This webinar series will be relevant to those with a variety of experiences and/or years of service: Professionals working in recreational boating injury prevention, other areas of injury prevention, and/or other areas of public health Individuals anywhere along ...
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Volunteers needed, content development for Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) program   NASBLA is seeking volunteers to assist in developing questions for the Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) assessment.  Volunteers will develop 10-20 multiple-choice questions using NASBLA testing question standards. The volunteers will use their professional expertise in their respective subject areas to develop questions that align with the 10 CRBP domains and competencies.  NASBLA is currently compiling questions written specifically  for the following domains: Boating Law Administration, Federal Programs, Partnerships, Boating ...
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NASBLA welcomes and congratulates Ben Meyer on his promotion to Major of Administration for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Law Enforcement Division and his new roll as North Carolina's Boating Law Administrator. Major Meyer has a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University in Fisheries and Wildlife Management and is a 17-year veteran of the NCWRC Law Enforcement Division.  He also brings prior law enforcement experience with Moore County Sheriff’s Department and North Carolina State Park
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NSBC Boat Control On-Water Training Course Recognized as Verified Course The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) is being recognized for meeting the American National Standard for  On-Water Recreational Boating Skills Standard – POWER. This is NSBC's second course to receive this voluntary third-party verification for an on-water powerboating course based on the American National Standard for recreational boating skills. The organization's on-water powerboating course, “ Boat Control On-Water Training, (Course Modules 1-4) ,” has been verified to meet the American National Standard for on-water skills entitled  EDU-1 On-Water Power Standards  and has ...
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Lt. Mark Brown elected NASBLA President at 59th Annual NASBLA Conference During its 59th annual meeting, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sept. 9-12, 2018, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) elected Lieutenant Mark Brown, Boating Law Administrator for Oklahoma, as President of the nonprofit organization for the 2018-2019 year. He succeeds Tom Guess, Virginia’s boating law administrator. As a member of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, Lt. Brown has served on the NASBLA Education & Outreach Committee in many capacities ranging from committee member to committee chairman, working on multiple ...
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Indianapolis, Indiana (Sept. 11, 2018) – During its 59th annual meeting , held in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sept. 9 -12, 2018, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) presented its prestigious National Boating Officer of the Year award to Officer Juan Blanco with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The National Boating Officer of the Year award recognizes a law enforcement officer who has made an outstanding contribution to boating safety through enforcement and has performed an outstanding service to the agency or state in any facet of recreational boating safety. Officer Juan Blanco began doing ...
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Indianapolis, Indiana (Sept. 11, 2018) – During its 59th annual meeting , held in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sept. 9 -12, 2018, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) presented its prestigious national Boating Educator of the Year award to Liz Lodman with the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Generously sponsored by Fresh Air Educators and Kalkomey, the Boating Educator of the Year Award was launched by NASBLA in 2011 to recognize those who go above and beyond to engage students and boaters, raise awareness, and make boating education initiatives relevant, thorough and exciting. Liz Lodman has been an invaluable asset ...
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The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the Safe States Alliance is pleased to present a four part series entitled: Applying the Public Health Approach to Recreational Boating Injury Prevention . In 2017, the Coast Guard counted 4,291 accidents that involved 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries and approximately $46 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. State recreational boating safety programs are responsible for the annual implementation of more than 95% of all boating safety expenditures nationwide – including boating law enforcement, boating safety education, public access, aids ...
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Today, the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, launched the U.S. Coast Guard Ready for Rescue Challenge , a $255,000 prize competition that seeks boater safety solutions that will help make it easier to find people in the water. The Challenge is designed to find novel technology and materials to develop a new or updated life jacket, an attachment to a life jacket, or a new safety device for boaters. The best solutions will be effective, affordable, and hold the potential for wide adoption by recreational boaters. This call is for Phase I in ...
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For the last six years NASBLA has been extremely fortunate to have Charlie Sledd represent NASBLA in Washington, DC among the key organizations who comprise the leadership of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund  (known as the  Angling and Boating Alliance or ABA.) As a former State Boating Law Administrator, legislative liaison, committee chair, executive board member and NASBLA President, Charlie was and is imminently qualified to represent our members around the ABA table. Throughout his tenure in this key position, Charlie’s commitment to our mission and our members, as well as his dedication to the purposes of the trust fund have been foremost. Charlie's ...
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Toth named Chair, Commission on Certified Recreational Boating Professionals Kelli Toth,  Education And Outreach Coordinator for the Alaska Office of Boating Safety has been selected to serve as the new Chair of the Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) Certification Commission . The Commission is an independent organization created by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators to take the lead and set professional industry standards for the training and career development of paid and volunteer recreational boating professionals.  "NASBLA is excited to have Kelli as Chair of the CRBP Commission. Kelli brings innovation, ...
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UCOTVA in Virginia -- What is it and why does it matter? Tom Guess, Boating Law Administrator, Virginia During the 2013 session of the Virginia General Assembly Senator Wagner introduced Senate Bill 1117 to begin the process of enacting the Uniformed Certificate of Titling for Vessels Act in Virginia (UCOTVA).  During this same time, I was selected by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) to be the Chairman of the Vessel Identification Registration and Titling Committee.  I made a comment in jest that since I was the chair of the NASBLA committee that would work to support states in implementing UCOTVA that Virginia would be ...
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