The 22nd International Boating & Water Safety Summit (IBWSS) will be held in Lexington, KY, Sunday, March 4 – Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

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.

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When is the 2018 International Boating and Water Safety Summit (IBWSS)?

March 4 – 7, 2018.

Where will the IBWSS be held?

The 2018 IBWSS will be held at the Hilton Downtown/Lexington in Lexington, Kentucky.

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 2018 IBWSS?

To be announced!

You can find the Program by clicking Program in the Menu bar. For an abridged version of the Program, please download the ‘Schedule-At-A-Glance’.

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 Eckerd College Event: Casual; Bathing suit, sun screen, hat, sunglasses, etc. strongly encouraged. For some activities, close-toed shoes will be required.
Wednesday Seminar Session: Business Casual
Wednesday Awards Luncheon: Business Casual

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

The deadline to exhibitor registration is TBD.  Find more information about exhibiting at the 2018 IBWSS on the Exhibit page.

Where can I learn more about the Media Campaign Contest?

The Media Campaign Contest entry deadline has passed.

See the results from the 2017 Media Campaign Contest here.

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; or the National Water Safety Congress at (502) 352-8771 or; or the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators at (869) 225-9487 or

When and where will the 2018 IBWSS be held?

The 22nd Annual International Boating and Water Safety Summit will be held March 4 – 7, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky.

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