Boating Briefs

The U.S. Coast Guard published guidance that allows mariners to use electronic charts and publications instead of paper charts, maps and publications. The Coast Guard published Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, NVIC 01-16, on Feb. 5 to provide uniform guidance on what is now considered equivalent to chart and publication carriage requirements. “After consultation with […]

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Boating Briefs

The National Water Safety Congress has announced the slate of officers for its 2016-2017 Board of Directors: President – Mark Brown, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Vice President – Keith Christopher, Boy Scouts of America Treasurer – Alan Bland, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Secretary – Amy Shultz, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Past President – Brian […]

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Here’s a look at what agencies around the country are doing with regards to training their marine patrol officers. California The California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) Marine Law Enforcement Training Program provides training statewide to law enforcement officers, harbor patrol officers, lifeguards, and other first responders who work in a maritime patrol environment.  […]

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In this ever-evolving world in which we live, change is a constant. Change in climate, in leadership, in policies, in culture, in recruits, in technology, in connectivity and in social media. I’m sure we can have a storytelling session on each of those areas and how it has affected each of you, because each of […]

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The 26th Annual Marine Law Enforcement Conference is a program designed to support continuing education and training, information sharing andtechnology transfer. This program is a unique opportunity for marine law enforcement representatives across the State of Washington to meet, network, and train together using best practices that will enhance their duties on the water.
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When I was hired as Washington State Parks’ marine law enforcement training coordinator in April 2014, I was charged with making the state’s Marine Law Enforcement Training Program the best in the nation. A challenging order, considering Washington state—unlike the majority of states and territories—does not have one single agency responsible for recreational boating safety […]

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