NASBLA News (Nov-Dec 15)



NASBLA partners on annual boating, water safety summit

NASBLA recently became a formal partner in the collaborative management of the International Boating and Water Safety Summit. For nearly two decades, NASBLA has been an active participant in this annual event, which has long been recognized as one of the premier boating and water safety education and training conference for the recreational boating community.   

In cooperation with the National Safe Boating Council and the National Water Safety Congress, NASBLA will assist in managing the Summit as it works to ensure the event is an exceptional professional development opportunity for all levels of recreational boating professionals in both education and enforcement.

General session content covers a broad spectrum of national and international concerns and implementation opportunities. In addition, breakout sessions provide an opportunity for individuals to attend sessions geared specifically toward their professional expertise including Education, Risk Management, Law Enforcement, Communication and Outreach. This year’s content will also include training for individuals to prepare for the Certified Recreational Boating Professional credential.

Through this exciting partnership, the Summit will provide training, presentations, and networking opportunities for all of those with vested interests in boating and water safety. Register today! READ MORE

Congress passes highway bill, reauthorizes Sportfish fund

NASBLA is happy to report that on Dec. 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the five-year, $305 billion Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015. The act includes reauthorization language for the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (SFRBTF). With enactment of this new law, the Trust Fund is funded for the next five years.    

NASBLA, in collaboration with the Angling and Boating Alliance, has been capitol imageactively involved in the development and negotiation of the trust fund reauthorization “package” for nearly a decade, working to provide greater parity with the sport fish restoration side of the trust fund, as well as securing continued stable federal funding for our state recreational boating safety programs, including administrative funding support for our U.S. Coast Guard partners. Although the SFRBTF is a relatively small component of the behemoth national transportation bill, the consequences are hugely important for our member-state programs, to NASBLA’s national nonprofit research and training grants, and to the initiatives and collaborative efforts of hundreds of agency and NGO partners throughout the RBS community.

The Executive Board expresses its deep appreciation to the Angling and Boating Alliance for its leadership, commitment and persistence in seeing this reauthorization initiative through to a successful completion. The ABA represents a dynamic and diverse community of trust fund stakeholders and we appreciate the stewardship and unity the Alliance has displayed in searching and advocating for better policies and a more equitable and effective distribution of the trust fund resources. 

Boating education standard earns distinction as American National Standard

ansi logoNASBLA is proud to announce that its standard ANSI/NASBLA 103-2016: Basic Boating Knowledge – Power is now an approved American National Standard Institute standard for boating education courses. 

Formerly referenced as the National Boating Education Standard, this document prescribes the minimum body of knowledge to mitigate risk of boating in the U.S. states, territories, and District of Columbia.

On-Water American National Standard established for recreational boating instruction

NOWSThe U.S. Coast Guard’s National On‐Water Standards (NOWS) grant management team and American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) are pleased to announce the approval and publication EDU-­‐1 On‐Water Power Standard, which is the first of three proposed skills-based American National Standards (ANS) for On‐Water instruction in recreational boating safety. The standard gained formal approval on November 12, 2015.

Course designers using the EDU-­‐1 On‐Water Power Standard and NASBLA’s standard ANSI/NASBLA 103-2016: Basic Boating Knowledge— Power now have the full spectrum of skills and knowledge boating standards available to integrate into safe recreational boating education programs. The EDU-­‐1 On‐Water Power Standard is available for free download from ABYC’s store at

Magazine and editor land 2 MarCom awards

marcom15_GoldSmall Craft Advisory and NASBLA Editor Kimberly Jenkins won two MarCom Awards, given annually by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals:

Small Craft Advisory — Magazine/Association — Gold
Small Craft Advisory is for and about the nation’s boating law administration professionals. Authoritative articles featuring practices, procedures and research in recreational boating safety, marine law enforcement and boating safety education are presented to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of recreational boating safety. Each issue highlights successful recreational boating safety programs, activities of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and its members, professional news, legislative updates and upcoming recreational boating safety events.

“Saying Goodbye to a Legend” (September-October 2014) — Writing/Feature Article — Honorable Mention
This article was written as a tribute to George Stewart’s lifelong involvement with boating safety, beginning with his enlistment in the U.S. Navy and continuing with his tenure as Delaware’s very first boating law administrator and later his role as the first executive director of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

One of the oldest, largest and most respected competitions in the creative industry, the MarCom Awards program honors excellence in communication. The competition has grown to perhaps the largest of its kind in the world with over 6,500 entries this year from throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries.

New safety video emphasizes the right life jacket fit for kids

The importance of wearing a properly fitting life jacket when in, on and around the water is paramount, especially when it comes to our most precious cargo – our children. To help parents, teachers, life guards, camp leaders and anyone else who may find occasion to be near water with children, boating and life jacket experts from around the nation came together this summer to create a simple but comprehensive video on fitting life jackets to children.


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