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The National Safe Boating Council is embarking on a new initiative to be a resource for survivors of recreational boating accidents.

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This safety alert reminds all vessel operators to routinely inspect their life jackets to ensure they are suitable for service.

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America’s Boating Channel Presents “How Life Jackets Save Lives – Doing it Right”

America’s Boating Channel™ is continuing to release boating safety and boater education videos for the Fall 2020 boating season.

EVOC for the Water: TowBoatUS Lake Allatoona Helps First Responders Stay Safe By Teaching Practical On-Water Boat Handling Skills

In partnership with the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), TowBoatUS Lake Allatoona, a 24-hour on water towing and assistance service based in Cartersville, recently hosted a three-day “Essentials of Close Quarters and Open Water Boat Control” on-water instructor certification course for local first responders. The course was one of many offered across the country each year by local partners and NSBC, a national public private coalition that provides safe boating educational resources, outreach programming, and training opportunities.

Sea Tow Automated Radio Check System No Longer Available

For several years, Sea Tow operated an Automated Radio Check System, which was available on VHF Channels 24 to 28 for the benefit of mariners in over 130 locations. However, on October 2nd, 2020 that service was discontinued. The Coast Guard Inspections and Compliance Directorate has issued MSIB 20-20 to inform mariners of the proper procedure for performing a VHF radio check.

Canoe/Kayak Training Videos Available

Rental Boat Safety encourages paddlers to watch a new Canoe/Kayak training video series to prepared when paddling during cool weather.

Gulf Boaters Prepare for Hurricane Delta

Just three weeks ago, many boaters were caught unprepared when Hurricane Sally shifted eastward and came ashore near Gulf Shores, Alabama. Now with a fifth storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season again bearing down the Gulf Coast, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) can help boaters prepare for Hurricane Delta with no-cost tools, tips and downloadable information at BoatUS.com/Hurricane-Prep.

Q&A with Alexis Webb, NSBC Program Coordinator

The National Safe Boating Council is excited to welcome Alexis Webb as program coordinator! Colorado natives, she and her husband have three children and live (and play) in Fort Collins, CO. Alexis is one of two NSBC team members in Northern Colorado. She works closely on NSBC’s social media efforts, and provides program support for Get Connected, International Boating & Water Safety Summit, Safe Boating Campaign and Waves of Hope. She began working with NSBC in January as a contractor, and was such a great fit, recently officially joined the team! Get to know Alexis.

Fall into Boating this Autumn

Fall is one of the best times to go boating. As families continue to social distance, many predict the increase in boaters on the water will continue through the fall. Here are some ways you can enjoy boating safely this fall.

The Best Boat Winterizing Checklist

Boaters in much of the U.S. and Canada acknowledge the need to winterize their boat’s engines each autumn. But what else can go wrong? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers boat owners a free online resource at BoatUS.com/Winterization. The website is chock full of winterizing checklists, tips, and a downloadable Boaters Guide to Winterizing to help all vessel owners ensure their boats are stored safely for the winter.

IBEX Online Announces Education Conference

Details of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) 2020 Education Conference, being held virtually September 29 – October 2, 2020, are now available.

Enter to Win $15,000: BoatUS Foundation and Berkley Recast & Recycle Contest

Have you ever wondered how old, discarded fishing line is recycled and reused? You may be surprised to learn that turning fishing line into new products is labor intensive, requiring a series of workers to comb through, sort, clean, remove hooks and weights, and separate out miles of encrusted debris in entangled fishing line. There also aren’t any recycling programs for fishing related materials like soft baits. There just has to be a better way.

First-Time Boat Owners Need To Be Prepared

With vacations, summer camps, and youth sports canceled by the pandemic, more people have bought boats for some summer fun that allows physical distancing from strangers while staying close to home. About a third of those buyers have never owned a boat, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Proving Ground

Blackmore and team are based in Nelson, in the Selkirk Mountains. They call themselves the Kootenay Pedalwheelers, and were one of the 32 teams originally slated to compete in the 2020 Race to Alaska (R2AK); a 750-mile, non-motorized, self-supported race from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska.

Coast Guard Rescues 6 After Boat Overturns in Atlantic

“Six people get to go home to their families because a responsible boater had a personal locator beacon. These are the stories of responsible boating that we like to read. It is a tragedy that their boat capsized, but activating the beacon saved everyone. Boats can be replaced, family members can’t.” – Peg Phillips, NSBC Executive Director

‘Extremely active’ hurricane season possible for Atlantic Basin

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has been off to a rapid pace with a record-setting nine named storms so far and has the potential to be one of the busiest on record. Historically, only two named storms form on average by early August, and the ninth named storm typically does not form until October 4. An average season produces 12 named storms, including six hurricanes of which three become major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5).

Video Offers Look at First-in-the-Nation Recreational Boat Recycling Program

With the move to phase 2 of the Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling (RIFVR) Pilot Program to address the disposal issue of recreational boats, project managers have released “Facing the Legacy: Lifecycle Solutions for Fiberglass Boats.” The short video shares the compelling story of how those efforts have evolved into a first-in-the-nation boat recycling project.

Infographic Available: New Life Jacket Label

Did you know there is a new life jacket label? The label is being phased in and you may see it printed on the inside of a new life jacket. The new label DOES NOT make obsolete life jackets with the old label. Always look for a life jacket that is U.S. Coast Guard approved.

Sea Tow Foundation Needs Your Input to Build a National Database of Life Jacket Loaner Stations

The Sea Tow Foundation – a national nonprofit dedicated to the education and awareness of safe boating practices – announced today that it is collecting data from individuals and organizations around the country that operate life jacket loaner stations in an effort to create a national database of their locations.

Merger Between Mustang Survival & MTI Adventurewear

Two brands with rich histories, evolving in an ever-changing landscape, building solutions engineered to encourage you to live beyond land. In a year that has presented many changes in how we experience life from accessing our groceries to connecting with friends and experiencing the outdoors, Mustang Survival & MTI Adventurewear are teaming up to change the way we deliver the gear that gets you out on the water.

Congress Advances Key Boating Safety Priorities

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Elijah E. Cummings Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2020 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

NMMA played a critical role in shaping the bill—which includes key provisions that would improve the safety of the millions of Americans who take to the water each year.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Resumes Vessel Safety Checks

Every year the Coast Guard Auxiliary provides free vessel safety checks for all boaters. The checks provide important safety information to ensure each boater is prepared for any and all emergency situations that may arise. Once a vessel passes the safety check, the Coast Guard Auxiliary will dispense a vessel safety check sticker. This will show the Coast Guard that this vessel has all of the safety requirements for safe boating.

Risky Drinking Can Put a Chill on Your Summer Fun

Drinking impairs both physical and mental abilities, and it also decreases inhibitions. Reduced inhibitions from drinking may affect a person’s ability to take the precautions needed to reduce their risk of contracting the coronavirus or spreading it to others, such as maintaining appropriate physical distance and wearing a mask.

2019 U.S. Powerboat Market Released

US Powerboat Market includes all recreational powerboats (including PWCs) registered in the US as of year-end 2019. Not included are sailboats and self-propelled craft such as canoes and kayaks.

Senate Passes Great American Outdoors Act

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) by a bipartisan vote of 73-25. ORR members were at the forefront of this landmark legislation, leading the effort to include maintenance backlog funding for the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; bringing together more than 100 outdoor recreation businesses in support of GAOA; garnering Senate support and much more.

47 Percent Increase in Drownings Reported by Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that more than 30 people lost their lives to drowning in June at lake and river projects the agency manages. The June statistics represent a 47 percent increase in drownings over the same time period last year. USACE also reported that nearly all the drowning victims were adult males between the ages of 18 and 85 and were not wearing a life jacket at the time of the drowning.

Safe Boating Campaign Reminds Boaters to Boat Sober This Fourth of July

Boating under the influence, or BUI, is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Yvonne Pentz, communications director, National Safe Boating Council, explains the importance of not boating under the influence.

ACA 2019 Special Report on Paddlesports & Safety

In 2018, 22.9 million Americans, or 7.6 percent of the U.S. population, took to rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans to participate in at least one paddling activity.

U.S. COAST GUARD ACCIDENT STATISTICS AVAILABLE

The U.S. Coast Guard’s 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics are available now. Quick takeaways: compared to 2018, the number of accidents increased 0.6%; alcohol use continues to be the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, and the top five primary contributing factors in accidents ranked are operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and alcohol.

A Letter from West Marine’s CEO, Ken Seipel

The arrival of summer is extremely welcome, and we are all looking forward to spending more time outside and on the water. West Marine is in the final stages of reopening all our retail stores, distribution centers and corporate headquarters.

Operation Dry Water Reminds Boaters to Boat Sober as Part of National Safe Boating Week

Operation Dry Water and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) are Operation Dry Water – National Safe Boating Weekreminding boaters during National Safe Boating Week, May 16 – 22, 2020, to boat sober this summer. National Safe Boating Week brings attention to important lifesaving tips for recreational boaters and takes place just prior to Memorial Day weekend, the kick-off of the boating season for many. Millions of boaters will head to the water, taking advantage of the warmer weather while honoring, celebrating and remembering all those who lost their lives while serving our country. Unfortunately, alcohol use by both operators and passengers often becomes part of these activities, causing an increase in the number of injuries, incidents and fatalities on the water.

NOAA and National Safe Boating Council Continue National Safe Boating Week Partnership

For the annual celebration of National Safe Boating Week, held May 16-22, 2020, the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Weather Service encourage boaters to follow health and safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and your local officials while boating responsibly.

Boating and Water Safety Media Best Practices

Recreational boating and water activities are enjoyed by millions of Americans each year. To encourage growth in recreational boating and water activities, the National Safe Boating Council’s Safe Boating Campaign recommends these boating and water safety media best practices to support a culture of safety and encourage those enjoying the water to have the right safety gear.

Boating and Water Safety Media Best Practices

To encourage growth in recreational boating and water activities, the Safe Boating Campaign recommends these boating and water safety media best practices to support a culture of safety and encourage those enjoying the water to have the right safety gear.

Bob’s No Wake Zone Boating Radio Show with Peg Phillips, NSBC Executive Director

In this episode of Bob’s No Wake Zone Boating Radio Show, Peg Phillips discusses the NSBC Wear It Out campaign, Boat on Course, and Skipper Club.

2020 IBWSS Communication Awards Recognize Leaders in Boating and Water Safety

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) announced the International Boating and Water Safety Summit (IBWSS) Communication Award recipients, an annual celebration of the creative ways boating and water safety advocates are communicating with the public about safety on and in the water.

Fishing and Boating Access

Get the latest fishing and boating updates from your state on COVID-19 using this tool from our friends at Take Me Fishing™. Click on a state to find out everything you need to know about the latest updates, changes, closures, and more for fishing and boating related activities.

A Letter from NSBC Executive Director

We have been closely monitoring the calls and emails from our members and recreational boaters as we navigate uncharted waters during this public health crisis. Our priority is protecting the health and safety of our team, members, partners, and the recreational boaters who depend on us for guidance and resources.

Tips for Navigating Social Distancing Restrictions While Boating

COVID-19 is forcing everyone to navigate uncharted waters, including boaters. Many people are wondering if they can go boating, who they can boat with, and where they can go once they leave the dock. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer as many states have issued Stay-at-Home orders, with some prohibiting outdoor recreation and recreational boating, and permitted in others.

COVID-19 State Impacts Presented by NMMA

Our friends at National Marine Manufacturers Association are keeping track of the latest access and executive orders impacting boating. Read this helpful update, and be sure to check with your state and local community for the latest information.

COVID-19: Cleaning and Storing Your Life Jacket

CLEANING AND STORING YOUR PFD: To clean your inflatable PFD, hand wash or sponge down in warm, soapy water, taking care not to submerge the inflator. Rinse your PFD with clean water and hang to dry on a plastic coat hanger. Do not dry-clean, use chlorine bleach, or apply direct heat. Always store your fully dried PFD in a warm, dry, well ventilated place out of direct sunlight.

NSBC Online Learning Series

The NSBC will offer a limited series of high-quality, high-value, interactive virtual experiences with content from our members, partners, retailers, manufacturers, and other thought leaders.

International Boating and Water Safety Summit Cancelled

With the ongoing coverage surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, our top priority is to keep our attendees safe and informed. Due to the March 15 recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control that organizers cancel in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S., and Arizona Governor Ducey’s call for the cancellation of gatherings of over 50 people, the 2020 International Boating and Water Safety Summit is cancelled. In addition, overwhelming travel restrictions from states and organizations was also considered in this decision.

Just Released: New Recommendations for Improving Boat Occupant Injury Surveillance

NASBLA_LogoOnly_color.jpgNew recommendations on improving recreational boat occupant injury surveillance were jointly released today by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the Safe States Alliance, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Annual Partnership Report from the Corps of Engineers

The Corps of Engineers’ natural resource management mission is to manage and conserve natural resources, consistent with ecosystem management principles, while providing quality public outdoor recreation experiences to serve the needs of present and future generations.

Support the NSBC on GivingTuesday

Today the NSBC is honored to participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. Please support the NSBC in our efforts to reach youth with important life-saving boating safety education and training. Donate to the NSBC on #GivingTuesday.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Boaters

Looking for ideas on what to get for the boater in your life for the holidays? We gotcha covered. For more ideas, check out these gift guides from Overton’s, Orvis, REI, and West Marine.

ilearntoboat.com: A Fully Interactive Boating Safety Course

For years, online boat safety course content has been limited to video, illustrations and text material. However, boaters looking to complete their online boating education have a new alternative, as Kalkomey Enterprises, LLC recently released ilearntoboat.com, a fully interactive boat safety course. This groundbreaking course is the first boater safety course of its kind to be approved by NASBLA and state agencies.

National Safe Boating Council Membership Elects 2019-2020 Board of Directors

The National Safe Boating Council, a national catalyst for recreational boating safety, is pleased to announce the board of directors for 2019-2020. The NSBC membership voted to elect the following officers at the General Membership Meeting, in Anchorage, Alaska in conjunction with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrator’s Annual Conference.

Life Jacket Label Graphics Available

The U.S. Coast Guard (CG-BSX) has entered into a copyright permission agreement with Underwriters Laboratory Inc. (UL) to provide a publicly available source of the graphics required for labels and Point of Sale materials on USCG Approved PFDs complying with UL standards. These graphics are to be used for educational and training purposes. The USCG intends to reproduce, publish, and otherwise use the works for Federal Purposes, and authorize others to do so.

U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Circular

The latest from the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division in the Fall 2019 Boating Safety Circular.

Safe Boating Campaign Challenges Boaters to ‘Wear It Out’ to Win a Prize

The National Safe Boating Council’s new social change marketing initiative focuses on making wearing a life jacket a routine behavior for boaters and others who spend time on the water. “Wear It Out” is part of the Safe Boating Campaign, an annual worldwide effort focused on responsible boating.

Nationwide Boating Under the Influence Enforcement Operation Sees Over 500 Arrests

Operation Dry Water (ODW) is a year-round boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign. The mission of ODW is to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug-related accidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water. During the 2019 Operation Dry Water weekend, July 5 – 7, more than 7,600 law enforcement officers were on patrol, identifying impaired boaters and removing them from the water.

2020 ABYC Marine Law Symposium Announced

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has announced that registration is open for the fourth annual Marine Law Symposium, “Fire, Explosions and Other Thermal Events,” Jan. 7, 2020, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

National Safe Boating Council Identifies Top States for Boating Accidents and Shares Safety Reminders for Labor Day

The National Safe Boating Council has identified states with the highest number of accidents and fatalities in 2018, based on the U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics released this week. There were 633 deaths, 2,511 injuries and approximately $46 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.

U.S. Coast Guard Accident Statistics Available

The U.S. Coast Guard’s 2018 Recreational Boating Statistics are now. Quick takeaways: Compared to 2017, the number of accidents decreased 3.4%; Alcohol use continues to be the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; Top five primary contributing factors in accidents ranked are operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, machinery failure, and excessive speed.

Partner Profile: Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries

This blog post is part of a series celebrating the great work of our Safe Boating Campaign partners. Watch the latest video PSA from Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries and Virginia Conservation Police. As K9 Officer Bailey says, “Wear it!”

Governor Cuomo Signs Brianna’s Law to Strengthen Boater Safety

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.5685/A.4853.A) – or Brianna’s Law – to phase in requirements that all operators of motorized watercraft must complete a state-approved boating safety course. Brianna’s Law is named after Brianna Lieneck, an 11-year-old Long Island girl who was killed in a 2005 boating accident. The Governor also directed State Parks to launch a boating safety promotional campaign to remind boaters of the new requirement to take a safety course.

Call for Speakers Open for the International Boating and Water Safety Summit

Call for speakers is open for the 24th annual International Boating and Water Safety Summit to be held April 5-8, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. Do you have an innovative product, outreach program, or panel discussion idea? Consider applying to be an #IBWSS20 speaker.

Dockmate Joins National Safe Boating Council’s Admiral Club

Dockmate® U.S., which offers advanced handheld wireless remote controls for boats, announced today it has joined the National Safe Boating Council’s (NSBC) Admiral Club. The highest tier of membership in the NSBC, the Admiral Club is an exclusive group of supporters focused on helping the organization succeed in increasing safe boating practices.

Partner Profile: Maris Marine Sports Foundation

This blog post is part of a series celebrating the great work of our Safe Boating Campaign partners around the world! We interviewed Tsubasa Shimamoto with the Maris Marine Sports Foundation to learn about their boating and life jacket safety efforts in Japan. Thank you to Maris Marine Sports Foundation for all that you do!

A Layered Approach to Preventing Drowning, The New York Times

“Drowning happens very quickly. It doesn’t play out as people expect,” with drama and calling for help, Dr. Hoffman said. “Kids just go down, it happens unbelievably quickly and silently.”

Everglades Boater Education Program Goes into Effect Aug. 1

Starting Aug. 1, Everglades National Park will require all marine boaters to have completed the park’s Boater Education Program. Over 4,000 boaters have already completed the free online course, which became available in late 2018. The purpose of the program is to educate boaters to the unique features and challenges of the park’s marine waters in order to promote boater safety, protect park resources and enhance visitor enjoyment.

New Fishing License Study Shows R3 Drives Increases

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today released an analysis of state and national trends in fishing license sales confirming the effectiveness of R3 efforts on growth. The research, done in partnership with the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and carried out by Southwick Associates, looks at license data and participation rates over a 25-year period.

Partner Profile: Maryland Natural Resources Police

This blog post is part of a series celebrating the great work of our Safe Boating Campaign partners. We interviewed Julie Brown from Maryland Natural Resources Police to learn about their boating and life jacket safety efforts. Thank you to Maryland Natural Resources Police for all that you do!

Oregon Legislature Approves Bill Requiring Access Permit for Non-Motorized Boats

Last week, the Oregon Senate and House passed SB47 – legislation that would require operators of nonmotorized boats to purchase a waterway access permit – sending the measure to Governor Kate Brown who is expected to sign it into law.

Important Boating Safety Reminders for Fourth of July High-Boating Traffic

It’s important to be a responsible boater and take necessary precautions this Fourth of July, the highest-boating traffic time of the summer. The Safe Boating Campaign, a program of the National Safe Boating Council, reminds boaters of three key tips to prevent a boating accident – always wear a life jacket, never boat under the influence, and use an engine cut-off device.

Important Boating Safety Reminders for Fourth of July High-Boating Traffic

It’s important to be a responsible boater and take necessary precautions this Fourth of July holiday, the highest-boating traffic time of the summer. The Safe Boating Campaign, a program of the National Safe Boating Council, reminds boaters of three key tips to prevent a boating accident – always wear a life jacket, never boat under the influence, and use an engine cut-off device.

Save the Date, NSBC General Membership Meeting

The NSBC General Membership Meeting will be in Anchorage, Alaska in conjunction with the NASBLA Annual Conference on September 29, 2019. It will be from 3:00 – 4:00 pm at the Hotel Captain Cook.

Texas Senate passes Kali’s Law in honor of teen killed in boating accident

The law requires boaters to use their emergency cut-off switch.

Coast Guard: Water is still cold, and other tips for safe boating Memorial Day weekend

The Coast Guard has encouraged the public to be safe on the water this Memorial Day weekend. Cold water awareness: Although the air temperature is warm, New England waters are still cold. Ensure you are dressing for the water temperature, not the air temperature.

National Safe Boating Week

The National Safe Boating Council and its partners are kicking off the annual Safe Boating Campaign the weekend before Memorial Day with National Safe Boating Week held May 18-24, with important safety reminders for boaters as the busy boating season gears up.

This Friday is Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day

Wear your life jacket, snap a picture while at work and share on social media with the hashtags #lifejacket2work and #safeboating.

Member Profile with Arizona Game & Fish Department

This blog post is the first in a series celebrating the great work of our Safe Boating Campaign partners.

NOAA and National Safe Boating Council Promote Safe Boating Tips, PSAs During National Safe Boating Week

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Weather Service are working together this National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24, 2019, to encourage boating safety. The goal of National Safe Boating Week is to encourage a boating lifestyle that is fun, safe, and enjoyable.

American Boating Congress: May 13-15

When constituents talk, Congress listens. Join other leading organizations in recreational boating and fishing to ensure your voice is heard. Make a diffference for your business, members and stakeholders by having a seat at the table and demonstrating your support as we address our industry’s most pressing issues.

Boating Safety Resources Available

You don’t want to miss this opportunity for resources to support your boating and water safety efforts! From box sets to downloadable resources, the Safe Boating Campaign has you covered for all your outreach needs.

National Safe Boating Council and West Marine Partner to Raise Awareness of Boating Safety During the Month of May

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), a national catalyst for recreational boating safety, has partnered with West Marine to raise awareness of the importance of responsible boating during National Safe Boating Week held May 18-24.

Ready, Set, Wear It Inside Scoop

Ready, Set, Wear It Life Jacket Events teach boaters about the importance of always wearing a life jacket – with a bit of fun along the way!

406 Day 2019

The Coast Guard and National Safe Boating Council are reminding recreational boaters of the importance of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons in conjunction with 406Mhz Beacon Awareness Day.

Boating and Water Safety Organizations Announce 2019 IBWSS Communication Award Winners


The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), National Water Safety Congress (NWSC) and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) announced the International Boating and Water Safety Summit (IBWSS) Communication Award winners during the IBWSS Awards Luncheon on March 27, 2019.

NSBC Names NMMA President Thom Dammrich 2019 Boating Safety Hall of Fame Recipient

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), a national catalyst for recreational boating safety, inducted Thom Dammrich into the NSBC Boating Safety Hall of Fame at the 2019 International Boating and Water Safety Summit.

New Boating Video: SAFETY TIPS FOR PADDLE SPORTS

The United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) continues the debut of its third season of safe-boating videos on America’s Boating Channel™ with “SAFETY TIPS FOR PADDLE SPORTS.”

General Membership Meeting Notice, March 24

Join the National Safe Boating Council at our Winter General Membership Meeting on Sunday, March 24, 2019 in conjunction with the International Boating and Water Safety Summit. We look forward to this opportunity to celebrate our shared mission to advance recreational boating safety.

Wyoming Lawmakers Debate New Boating Under Influence Limit

Wyoming lawmakers debate legal limit for boating under influence of alcohol.

2019 NASBLA Annual Conference — Call for Proposals Now Open

The NASBLA Annual Conference is a combination learning conference, annual business meeting, committee meeting, workshop, learning lab and colleague roundtable event for state recreational boating safety professionals and others in the RBS community. Every year, the annual conference provides focused learning sessions, thought-provoking speakers, an expansive expo hall and plenty of networking opportunities.

Arkansas: Boating Accidents Down in 2018

According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s recently published annual summary of boating accidents in Arkansas, people who spent time on the water last year saw a 9 percent decrease in boating accidents and a 36 percent decrease in the number of boaters who died from boating accidents.

Safe Boating Campaign Worldwide Events

The Safe Boating Campaign is a worldwide effort focused on responsible boating, encouraging boaters to always wear a life jacket while on the water.

Spring Aboard Webinar – Register Now
Learn how you can help spread the word about Spring Aboard and how to Keep Your Edge in 2019 – Take a boating course and learn something new.
Keep Your Edge, Take A Safe Boating Course

It may not feel like boating season yet for many of us, so keep your edge and take a safe boating course. Many education providers and partners offer discounts or other incentives for students who enroll in or complete a boating safety course during the week of March 17-23, 2019. Learn more from our friends with Spring Aboard.

FLIR Introduces Assisted Docking Technology and First Boat Manufacturer Partner

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the Raymarine DockSense assisted docking system, an intelligent object recognition and motion sensing assisted docking solution for recreational boating.

Congress Passes New Engine Cutoff Switch Requirement

Boats under 26 feet will have to include engine cutoff switches, thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Authorization just passed by Congress.

NMMA Launches Consumer Boating Safety Awareness Series for Industry Use

NMMA announced today the launch of a new Boating Safety Awareness Series—boating safety brochures to help educate consumers on important boating safety guidelines.

IBWSS Media Campaign Contest Now Accepting Entries

The IBWSS Media Campaign Contest showcases the outreach efforts of organizations, agencies, and groups who advocate for boating and water safety. Accepting entries through March 1, 2019.

Drones Prove Value in Marine Species Conservation

New research from North Carolina State University demonstrates that consumer-grade drones are effective tools for monitoring marine species across multiple sites in the wild.

Boating Safety Dashboards Provide Ready Access to Data

Boating Safety Dashboards are for use by recreational boating safety (RBS) program managers and other stakeholders to make better informed policy and program decisions by providing ready access to U.S. Coast Guard and state-level RBS data.

Registration Open for #IBWSS19

Registration is open for #IBWSS19! The International Boating and Water Safety Summit is the premier professional development and networking event for boating and water safety professionals.

2018 Operation Dry Water Annual Report

The 2018 Operation Dry Water annual report summarized this year’s enforcement, outreach and awareness activity.

NSBC’s On-Water Powerboating Course First to Receive Third-Party Verification

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) is the first organization to receive voluntary third-party verification for an on-water powerboating course based on the American National Standard for recreational boating skills.

New Paddling Safety Infographics Added To BoatBeat

As part of a U.S. Coast Guard funded grant program, the American Canoe Association created a series of paddling safety infographics.

2018 Regional Boating Educators of the Year Announced

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is pleased to announce the regional winners of the Boating Educator of the Year Award.

2017 Recreational Boating Statistics Released

The 2017 Recreational Boating Statistics, released May 29, 2018, contain statistics on recreational boating accidents and state vessel registration.

Don’t Miss These 2018 Safe Boating Campaign Events

Join the Safe Boating Campaign in promoting boating and life jacket safety to boaters around the world. Resources for these events and more available at www.safeboatingcampaign.com/resources.

BOATING AND WATER SAFETY ORGANIZATIONS ANNOUNCE 2018 IBWSS MEDIA CAMPAIGN CONTEST WINNERS

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), National Water Safety Congress (NWSC) and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) recently announced the International Boating and Water Safety Summit (IBWSS) Media Campaign Contest winners.

Mercury Marine announces partnership with FELL Marine, an industry-leading developer of wireless technology for marine applications

Mercury Marine announces an exciting new partnership with FELL Marine, a leader in marine wireless technology, to co-develop Mercury-exclusive wireless and IOT connected products that will seamlessly integrate with Mercury’s SmartCraft suite of digital technology (gauges, sensors, monitors, and vessel systems) to make boating easier, safer, and more enjoyable than ever before.

Life Jacket Flotation Video Debuts

The new “Life Jacket Flotation” video explains buoyancy – the tendency of a body to float or sink in water.

Spring Aboard: Boaters urged to get educated before boating season

Spring Aboard – Take A Boating Education Course campaign encourages boaters to get educated prior to the kick-off of the boating season. Many education providers offer discounts or other incentives for students during the week of March 18-24, 2018 to enroll in a boating education course.

National Weather Service Seeking Comments

As part of the ongoing Hazard Simplification Project, the National Weather Service (NWS) is proposing to consolidate Marine hazard messages. In support of this project, NWS is asking for public comment.

 

Outdoor groups meet with federal officials on role of forests in recreation

The National Marine Manufacturers Association and several of its Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundable partners met with U.S. Department of Agriculture officials to highlight the importance of forests to recreations that include boating, fishing and skiing. (SOURCE: Soundings Trade Only Today)

Pennsylvania eases tow-sports rules on boats used for wakesurfing

Pennsylvania is changing its rules around wakesurfing and tow boats to allow for innovations such as Volvo Penta’s forward-facing drive. (SOURCE: Soundings Trade Only Today)

Operation Dry Water 2017 Results

There were 518 boating under the influence arrests nationwide during 2017 Operation Dry Water.

Recall: Kidde Fire Extinguishers

More than 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers have been recalled.

Boatbeat rolls out enhanced boating safety resources

New accident response case studies offer general boating best practices for the media to enhance their reporting so that the recreational boating public can learn safer boating practices. Boatbeat also now offers in-depth boating best practices for 20 different recreational boating topics.

Boater Beware: Vessel Documentation Fraud Lurks Online

Websites lure boaters with the appearance and convenience of an official government website.

NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL CAUTIONS HUNTERS AND ANGLERS TO ‘GET CONNECTED’ AND SAVE LIVES

Get Connected, the latest initiative from the National Safe Boating Council, encourages boaters to use their engine cut-off device every time they go boating.

ABYC featured on Good Morning America

Carbon monoxide poses risks for boaters. ABYC President John Adey was interviewed by GMA correspondent Gio Benitez to educate the boating public about the presence of carbon monoxide (CO) and being safe on the water.

La Biblioteca de Recursos Digitales

United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) anuncia el estreno de la transmisión de su video sobre Revisiones de Seguridad para la Embarcación en la Biblioteca de Recursos Digitales (BRD). (English Translation Available)

Get Connected: Always Wear Your Engine Cut-Off Device

Boaters nationwide will be encouraged to “Get Connected” and use their engine cut-off device, more commonly referred to as a “kill switch,” every time they go boating through a series of branded messages and resources as part of the NSBC’s new campaign.

Marine Safety Alert: Whether at Work or at Play Remember it’s a Shared Waterway
This Safety Alert reminds all operators of power-driven, sail, and human propelled vessels of the importance of maintaining a sharp look-out while on a shared waterway and recommends that all recreational boaters carry a DSC-VHF marine radio in order to communicate with other vessels. Recently a catamaran type passenger ferry…
Supreme Court ruling goes against Florida houseboat owner

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Florida man’s latest appeal in a landmark case involving the seizure and destruction of his floating home.

Operation Dry Water: 2017 Heightened Awareness & Enforcement Weekend

Register now for the three-day heightened enforcement weekend taking place nationwide June 30 – July 2, 2017.

How legalized marijuana applies to boaters

With possession of small amounts of marijuana now legal in eight states, boaters are asking whether the U.S. Coast Guard, a federal agency, will abide by those state laws. Read more from Boating Magazine.

2017 North American Safe Boating Campaign Makes a Splash

The annual campaign kicks off the weekend before Memorial Day with National Safe Boating Week and continues throughout the year with family-friendly boating safety events.

Official-Looking Vessel Documentation Renewal Notices Can Lead to Confusion and Higher Costs

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Consumer Protection Department is advising boaters with vessels having a US Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation to be wary of any letter arriving by US mail offering renewal.

International Boating and Water Safety Summit

IBWSS is the premier event for professional development with increased focus on training, education, meeting, and networking for professionals, volunteers, and anyone involved in boating and water safety.

First Collaborative Online Hub of Recreational Boating Resources

A new online hub for the media, boating educators, boating accident reporters, public information officers, law enforcement officials, and the general public promises to make the waters safer.

Reporters play a critical role in recreational boating safety

Quite simply, reporters have a huge impact on the promotion of safe boating behaviors.

US COAST GUARD LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE NEWSROOM

The U.S. Coast Guard recently launched its new online newsroom, U.S. Coast Guard News, available at http://www.news.uscg.mil.

Cold Water Immersion Safety Tips from U.S. Coast Guard

Do not let the temperature outside fool you. Cold water immersion and hypothermia can occur in water as cool as 70 degrees at any time of the year.

U.S. Coast Guard Releases 2017-2021 National Recreational Boating Safety Program Strategic Plan

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety has released the Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program 2017-2021.

Recreational Boating Safety Instructor Network

The RBS In-Network connects instructors to course providers and credentialing opportunities in recreational boating safety professional programs.

Inspecting Your Life Jacket is a Must

This safety alert reminds all vessel operators to routinely inspect their life jackets to ensure they are suitable for service.

Waves of Hope

The National Safe Boating Council is embarking on a new initiative to be a resource for survivors of recreational boating accidents.

NOAA satellites help in the rescue of 240 people last year

NOAA’s fleet of weather satellites helped save 240 people last year from potentially life-threatening situations throughout the United States and its surrounding waters.

NASBLA Webinar on Important Changes in Hull Identification Number Validation

NASBLA hosted two webinars to assist states in setting up a HIN Validation System.

UL Standards Publishes First Joint Canada-US National Standards Adoptions for Canada and the US Simultaneously

ISO based standards for Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets) published on December 31, 2015