NASBLA News (February 2016)


NASBLA, Coast Guard sign agreement
During NASBLA’s annual Boating Law Administrator Workshop, held Feb. 17-18 in Lexington, Kentucky, RDML Paul F. Thomas, assistant commandant for Prevention Policy with the U.S. Coast Guard, and Darren Rider, NASBLA president, signed an important memorandum of understanding. The agreement reaffirms the ongoing partnership between the two entities in striving to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for recreational boaters. It also reiterates the organizations’ mutual commitment to ensure their productive relationship continues.


Register your agency for Spring Aboard

Mark your calendar. This year’s Spring Aboard campaign takes place April 17-23. Through this campaign, NASBLA encourages boaters to Spring Aboard by enrolling in a boating education course. Working in partnership with the states, many course providers will offer incentives or course SpringAboard_2016discounts for students who enroll in or complete a course during the Spring Aboard campaign.

Developed by NASBLA, this annual campaign is open to participation by all states, territories, boating education organizations, instructors, and course providers regardless of whether your state’s boater education course is mandated or voluntary. Register today!


Public review periods open for two draft standards

announces that two draft standards are now open for public input.ESP Logo

The first standard titled ‘BSR/NASBLA 101-201X: Basic Boating Knowledge – Human-Propelled’ is reposted for 45 days to review revisions only.

The second, ‘BSR/NASBLA 103.1-201X: Supplement – Basic Boating Knowledge – Water Jet Propelled,’ is a new proposed standard supplement open for a 90-day comment period. Comments are solicited for any section of this new draft standard.

Instructions for submitting comments (including how to obtain login credentials for the EZ-ESP website) and documents regarding the current Standard (effective January 2009) are available for download at Contact for additional information.

Four brave New Yorkers receive NASBLA Award of Commendation


The New York State Parks’ Marine Services Bureau ended 2015 with a very special ceremony to honor four recreational boaters who rescued a family of five from their capsized boat in Long Island’s Great South Bay by presenting them with the NASBLA Award of Commendation and the NYS Parks Recreational Boating Life Saving Award.   

“In the face of danger, the Deak Family and Mr. Laduca showed tremendous courage in risking their lives to protect others. It is this type of selflessness and bravery that embodies the spirit of New York and the qualities for which we stand,” Governor Cuomo said. “These men are heroes and I commend each of them for their valiant actions.”


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