NASBLA News (Jan 2016)

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NASBLA publication goes monthly

Starting in January, Small Craft Advisory is a monthly publication. This will allow us to publish information in a more timely manner. Plus, with new content being added more often, it’ll keep the SCA blog site fresh.

This year the magazine’s issues will focus on topics on the NASBLA Top 10 Most Wanted List of Recreational Boating Safety Improvements.

In an effort to identify the state’s recreational boating safety priorities and draw attention to them, the NASBLA membership developed the Top 10 Most Wanted Recreational Boating Safety Improvements. The list was initiated at the March 2015 Boating Law Administrator Workshop, finalized through two national BLA surveys, and recently unveiled during the 56th NASBLA Annual Conference in September 2015.

Top 10 Most Wanted Recreational Boating Safety Improvements:

  • Reduced Boating Under the Influence
  • Increased Life Jacket Wear
  • Reduced Distracted Boating/Improper Lookout
  • Paddlesports Safety
  • Standardized State/Federal Accident Terminology
  • Boater Education for all Powerboat Operators
  • Safety of Towed Water Sports
  • Implementation of National Boating Education Standards
  • Nationwide Education Reciprocity for Out-of-State Boaters
  • Measures of Effectiveness for RBS Program Practices

The magazine’s 2016 Editorial Calendar is available on the NASBLA website.

NASBLA launches nominations for Boating Officer and Boating Educator of the Year awards

OOTY_EOTY-2016Nominations for both the 2016 Butch Potts Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award and the 2016 Boating Educator of the Year Award are being accepted through April 1. Nominations must be sent to the boating law administrator of the nominee’s for consideration or approval.

NASBLA encourages boating law administrators to take advantage of these programs. There’s no cost to submit nominations and it’s a great way to recognize outstanding individuals.

All nominations must be approved by a state boating law administrator and then submitted electronically by that BLA using the members-only portion of the NASBLA website. Nominations must be submitted on or before April 1.

BOAT Program gears up for another productive year


NASBLA’s BOAT Program closed out 2015 after directly delivering 56 courses and eight grant courses, accrediting seven additional agencies, and assisting/managing the delivery of another 14 courses through accredited partners and the Coast Guard. This progress is being recognized by others. The BOAT Program added two new Mission Partners – SAFE Boats and FLIR/Raymarine – and it was recognized by the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Innovation in American Government as one of the Nation’s top 25 programs.

2016 has just begun, with 15 courses already on the calendar, two agencies beginning the accreditation process, three courses in development (Personal Watercraft Operators Course, Swift Water Rescue for patrol officers, Jet Boat/River EVOC) and another group of courses in discussion (Drowning Recognition, Sidescan Sonar/Remote Vehicle Operations, etc.). Instructors and program managers will convene soon through the program’s first Virtual Instructor Development Conference to further enhance curricula, deliveries, professionalism and themselves.

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