NASBLA News (June 2016)

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NASBLA programs honored with prestigious awards

NASBLA’s Boat Operations and Training Program has been announced as one of six winners of the American Society of Association Executives’ coveted Summit Award.

This comes on the heels of NASBLA learning it achieved two ‘The Power of A’ Gold Awards from ASAE. The BOAT Program won ‘The Power of A’ Gold in The Power to Create a Competitive Workforce Category, and the Operation Dry Water campaign won ‘The Power of A’ Gold in The Power to Enrich Lives Category.


Newsletter receives new name

NASBLA’s weeklySCAweekly e-newsletter has been given a new name. The publication is now being called SCA Weekly to unify our communication efforts by tying the newsletter into our flagship publication, Small Craft Advisory magazine. Under its new name, the newsletter will continue to deliver NASBLA news and information to state members, partners, associates and other stakeholders. Subscribe today!

Savannah agency becomes first fire department to earn BOAT accreditation
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The Savannah Fire and Emergency Services (SFES) has become the first fire department in the U.S. to earn national accreditation in the Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) program, which ensures the department and its firefighters are more than capable and prepared to respond to a variety of emergency situations on the water.

Savannah Fire’s Marine Operations division received this honor by independently implementing all marine operations and training components of BOAT in the department.

BOAT accreditation for SFES became effective June 1.


NASBLA hosts 6th leadership academy

Fourteen state 2016 Academy class representatives took part in the sixth annual Leadership Academy June 13-17, 2016. With the annual tenure of boating law administrators currently averaging three to five years, whereas less than a decade it averaged 20 years, NASBLA developed the academy as a way to help new BLAs get up on plane in their new positions of leadership within the realm of recreational boating safety and enforcement.

High-visibility enforcement PSA released for ODW weekend

Operation Dry Water released new public service announcements for 2016 that focuses on the campaign’s heightened awareness and high-visibility enforcement weekend. Check it out on the Operation Dry Water website at

Thousands of local, state and federal law enforcement officers, recreational boating safety advocates, the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators participated in this year’s nationwide boating under the influence heightened awareness and enforcement weekend, which took place June 24-26.


Alaska boating education specialist appointed to CRBP Commission

Kelli TothAK_Kelli2011, boating education specialist with the Alaska Office of Boating Safety, has been appointed to the Commission for Certified Recreational Boating Professionals.

The Commission for Certified Recreational Boating Professionals (CRBP) is an independent, certifying body responsible for setting policy and standards for credentialing recreational boating professionals. The Commission is comprised of up to eight voting members, approved and appointed by the NASBLA Executive Board.

Representing state interests, Kelli has been with the State of Alaska for the past five years where she currently serves as the boating education specialist. She has over 20 years’ experience in implementing training courses for methods of instruction. She has extensive experience in marketing, outreach and social media, as well as community and media relations. She brings multiple years of experience with the utilization of qualitative and quantitative data to guide decision making.

Kelli currently serves as a member of the Boating Educators Advisory Panel. She’s an Instructor Trainer for the National Safe Boating Council; a member of NASBLA’s Education & Outreach Committee; and the lead on NASBLA’s Education Standards Panel for the “Passenger Safety Standard.” Kelli was recently honored as the 2016 State of Alaska Boating Educator of the Year. With Kelli’s experience and dedication to the national recreational boating safety program, NASBLA is proud to welcome her to the CRBP Commission.

Regional award recipients selected

Thank you to all of the states that nominated candidates for NASBLA‘s Boating Officer of the Year and Boating Educator of the Year award programs. The three regional award recipients have been selected for each.

This year’s regional Boating Officers of the Year:

  • Northern – Conservation Warden Darren Kuhn, Wisconsin
  • Southern – Officer Jarrod Molnar, Florida
  • Western – Deputy Todd Baker, Washington

This year’s regional Boating Educators of the Year:

  • Northern – Watercraft Officer Sarah Genzman, Ohio
  • Southern – Sergeant Jim Shelton, South Carolina
  • Western – Erika Brooks, Kansas

The national Boating Officer of the Year and the national Boating Educator of the Year will both be announced at the upcoming 57th NASBLA Annual Conference in Seattle. Again, thanks to all who submitted nominations. Special thanks to for their continued sponsorship of the Boating Educator of the Year program.

Small Craft Advisory earns APEX Award

APEX2016_winnerSmall Craft Advisory has been recognized with an Award of Excellence from the Annual Awards for Publication Excellence Competition (APEX), an international competition for writers, editors, publications staff and communicators in corporate, nonprofit and independent settings.

The publication garnered an Award of Excellence in the Magazine, Journals & Tabloids – 1-2 Person-Produced subcategory.

Judges evaluated over 1,600 entries in 11 major categories, with 632 Awards of Excellence recognizing exceptional entries in 100 subcategories. APEX Awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence.

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