The 21st International Boating & Water Safety Summit (IBWSS) will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida beginning Sunday, April 23 – Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

PURPOSE: The IBWSS is the premier event for training, education, awareness, meeting, and networking for professionals, volunteers, and anyone involved in boating and water safety.

CONFERENCE CONTENT: General sessions cover a broad spectrum of national and international concerns with a focus on The Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Program and implementation opportunities. Breakout sessions allow the individual to attend classes geared toward their profession including Education, Risk Management, Law Enforcement, Communications and Outreach.

DEVELOPMENT BENEFITS: IBWSS partners (NSBC, NWSC, and NASBLA) are coordinating with national and international groups to create a Program to meet the various needs of our attendees. All presentations will be selected using a criteria that includes how the presentation relates to the RBS Strategic Plan, how the content is relevant to boating and water safety, and how the attendee will be able implement elements of what they learned into their own programs and initiatives.

CONFERENCE EXPO: The IBWSS considers our Expo to be an essential part of the our program. Each year, we bring together key boating and water safety exhibitors to introduce our attendees to current initiatives, products, and tools to help better accomplish their goals of boating and water safety. Exhibitors showcase their newest products, and attendees have the ability to directly discuss opportunities for saving money and increasing their reach within their agencies.

Questions? Contact ibwss@safeboatingcouncil.org.

When is the 2017 International Boating and Water Safety Summit (IBWSS)?

April 23 – 26, 2017.

Where will the IBWSS be held?

The 2017 IBWSS will be held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront in St. Petersburg, Florida.

What is the International Boating and Water Safety Summit?

The IBWSS is the premier boating and water safety education and training conference. The IBWSS serves as the national forum to implement the Strategic Plan & Strategic Plan Report of the National Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Program.

What is the Program Schedule for the 2017 IBWSS?

The 2017 IBWSS Program Schedule will be available in the near future.

What does the IBWSS registration fee include?

The IBWSS registration fee includes the welcome package, admission to exhibit areas, all general and seminar sessions, Sunday Opening Reception, continental breakfasts, breaks, Monday lunch and Wednesday Awards Luncheon. Register now!

What is the IBWSS Attire?

Sunday Opening Reception: Business Attire
Monday Opening Ceremonies and General Session: Business/Business Casual
Tuesday Seminar Sessions: Business Casual
Tuesday Afternoon On-the-Water Event: Water Sports Attire/Footwear recommended for hands-on program
Wednesday Seminar Session: Business Casual
Wednesday Awards Luncheon: Business Attire

I’m interested in exhibiting at the IBWSS. Where can I register?

Exhibitor information will be available in the near future.

Where can I learn more about the Media Campaign Contest?

Media Campaign Contest information will be available in the near future.

I still have questions and I’d like to speak to someone on the phone or send an email.

You can contact the National Safe Boating Council at (703) 361-3294 or IBWSS@safeboatingcouncil.org; or the National Water Safety Congress at (502) 352-8771 or direct@watersafetycongress.org; or the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators at (869) 225-9487 or sam@nasbla.org.

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