In an effort to continue to promote and implement the National Recreational Boating Safety Program Strategic PlanStrategic Plan Report, the International Boating and Water Safety Summit presents general sessions, breakouts and hands on activities which directly relate to the performance initiatives of the Plan. We encourage you to attend and PARTICIPATE in as many events and breakouts as possible so that you may take back to your organizations the knowledge needed to implement the National Recreational Boating Safety Program Strategic Plan in your communities.

Please do not hesitate to check with NSBC , NWSC and NASBLA  Executive Directors or any member of their boards and staff. They will be happy to assist you in your direction to meet the goals of the Plan. We welcome you and invite you to join us as ACTIVE participants of IBWSS.

We are hard at work creating an exciting and engaging program for the 2018 IBWSS, so please be sure to check back later for the official 2018 Program. In the meantime, please feel free to look through the program from last year’s IBWSS.

St. Petersburg II and III
St. Petersburg II and III
Skyway & Pier
Skyway & Pier
From Tragedy to Action: What Can You Do? Shared Stories and Lessons Learned
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 23 as Candace Lightner, President of We Save Lives and Founder of MADD Dana Gage of the LV Project, and Richard Moore, Chair of the NSBC, lead us in an Open Session on “From Tragedy to Action: What Can You Do? Shared Stories and Lessons Learned.” Our discussion Sunday morning will begin with Candace, Dana, and Richard’s own experiences and will encourage the audience to share their personal stories and lessons learned to affect positive change. This session is open to anyone associated with IBWSS.

Grand Bay Ballroom
Grand Bay Ballroom
Registration Office
Registration Office
Williams
Williams
U.S. Coast Guard Non-Profit Grants
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Pavlo Oborski, U.S. Coast Guard Grants Management Branch Chief, will brief current Coast Guard grantees on the grant requirements of their current award(s) as well as discuss recent changes occurring in 2 CFR 200. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and network with other grantees. This is by invitation only.

Grand Bay Ballroom
Grand Bay Ballroom
Opening Reception Grand Bay Ballroom Honoring the 21st Annual IBWSS Exhibitors
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Exhibits Open – Networking and light hors d’oeurves The Opening Reception is sponsored in part by Premier Sponsor Boat Ed.

Registration Office
Registration Office
St. Petersburg I & II
St. Petersburg I & II
Opening Ceremonies

Captain Holly L. Najarian

As Sector Commander, Captain Najarian serves as Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, Federal On-Scene Coordinator and Federal Maritime Security Coordinator while directing Coast Guard operations along the west coast of Florida and throughout the Tampa Bay region. Sector St. Petersburg is comprised of 2700 people and 12 units, including five search and rescue stations, six cutters, and an Aids to Navigation Team. Read more about Captain Najarian.

'U. S. Coast Guard Update' by Commander Johnson

Break (in Grand Bay Ballroom)

'The Making of a Movement and Affecting Change' by Candace Lightner

How do you take a behavior that is socially acceptable and change decades old attitudes and a way of life for many? Ms. Lightner will speak about the trials and tribulations, joys and victories of making impaired driving socially unacceptable and reducing death and injuries on our roadways. She will talk about overcoming the obstacles she faced including the prediction of many highway safety officials who said it couldn't be done. She will address lessons learned and why partnerships and coalitions are so important. Ms. Lightner will also talk about how she applied those lessons to her current organization, We Save Lives, a partnership organization that focuses on the 3 D's (drunk, drugged and distracted driving) that includes all modes of transportation.

'Canadian Safe Boating Council Update' by John Gullick, Canadian Safe Boating Council

The presentation covers a brief history of the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and its current major areas of activity:

  • The Canadian Safe Boating Awards, the CASBAS.
  • The CSBC’s North American Safe Boating Awareness Week activities.
  • The CSBC’s annual Symposium held in Yellowknife, North West Territories in 2016 and to be held in Quebec City in 2017.
  • The CSBC’s annual media campaigns are featured along with the dollar values and media reach of each campaign.
  • Special projects developed in association with Transport Canada and the Canadian Search and Rescue Secretariat.
  • The Canadian Safe Boating Council has long been a close working partner with the National Safe Boating Council and our project and programs have always been of mutual interest, often piggybacking on each other’s efforts. All of the information contained in the presentation is also available on the CSBC web site www.csbc.ca. It is all free and downloadable. Our next symposium will be held in Quebec City, Province of Quebec, September 17 – 19, 2017. Registration information, draft agenda and hotel information are also available on our web site.

    'Introduction to the USPS Digital Media Library' by Scott McDonald, United States Power Squadrons

    The USPS Digital Media Library (DML), developed under a grant from the U. S. Coast Guard in 2016, established an online resource of boating safety content that you can leverage in your marketing and education programs. It contains a wide variety of digital content, including videos, images, animated graphics, and audio recordings. The video content is presented in English and Spanish, and all is available for free. It can be streamed, downloaded, or accessed through a new mobile app. The DML supports the NRBS Strategic Plan goals of 1) increasing knowledge and skills through best practices and standards, and 2) developing an integrated national awareness campaign that supports a positive culture shift towards safer boating behavior. The highlight of the library is a series of 20 new videos that demonstrate the on-water power standards. Each video focuses on one part of the standard, and explores the underlying issues as well as the appropriate skills and techniques. There are Methods and Strategies guides for instructors that show how the media content can be integrated in your curriculum. Find out how the DML can serve as a go-to resource to support your educational needs.

    Summit Singers

    Comments from the MC

    Grand Bay Ballroom
    Grand Bay Ballroom
    St. Petersburg III
    St. Petersburg III
    'Crisis Preparedness and Communications Part 1 & 2' by Yvonne Pentz, Paul Werth Associates and Celina Fabrizio, Paul Werth Associates
    1:30 pm - 3:45 pm

    Part 1: No organization is protected from a crisis situation. In today’s media landscape, it is critical that a spokesperson is prepared to address inaccuracies and answer questions about a crisis.

    Every media opportunity is a chance to share consistent and branded messages about boating safety, and encourage others to boat responsibly. It is important to deliver effective boating safety messages through the media to reduce deaths and injuries of recreational boaters.

    In Part 1 of this two-part interactive session, attendees will learn how crucial it is to be prepared for a boating crisis and receive instruction on dealing with the media (traditional and nontraditional). Whether you’re a public information officer, law enforcement officer, communications manager or education coordinator, you’ll be sure to benefit from these proven communications strategies for managing a crisis.

    Attendees will receive a guide for developing key messages, interview tips, case studies and more.

    With more than 50 years of experience delivering integrated communications services to organizations of all kinds, Paul Werth Associates provides valuable counsel in crisis planning, crisis management and media training.

    Part 2: It’s one thing to understand your crisis communications plan on paper, but it’s another thing to interact with the media during a crisis situation. It’s important to train your crisis team on the communications plan so that everyone understands their roles and responsibilities when the plan is put into action. And, the best spokesperson is not always your organization’s top-ranked position.

    In Part 2 of this two-part interactive session, attendees will break into small groups and apply what they learned in Part 1. They will analyze crisis boating scenarios, practice responding to reporter questions via mock interviews, and review the mock interviews as a group. Whether you’re a public information officer, law enforcement officer, communications manager or education coordinator, you’ll be sure to learn some tips for being in front of the camera while responding to media questions.

    Spa Beach
    Spa Beach
    'How to Stop SUP Fatalities in Your Area' by Chris Stec, ACA/Canoe-Kayak-SUP-Raft-Rescue
    1:30 pm - 3:45 pm

    Join Chris Stec, the ACA’s Chief Operating Officer and Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor Trainer Educator, for an on-water presentation on techniques and strategies on how to prevent fatalities in stand up paddleboarding on your local body of water.  Attendees will learn the appropriate type of leash to wear in different venues, as well as the one venue when it actually might not be safe to wear a lifejacket while on a board. In addition, several simple strategies to enhance an individual’s ability to stay safe and have fun, on a board will be revealed. Wear your swimsuit and experience first-hand the pros and cons of both leash and lifejacket wear as they pertain to SUP in various water venues. This presentation will also highlight the latest from various state and federal entities in regards to regulations for stand-up paddlers. If you choose not to hop on a board for the session, we’ll try to stay close enough to shore so you can still hear the key messages!

    Demens/University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP)
    Demens/University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP)
    'Utilizing a Remotely Operated Vehicle in Underwater Investigations' by Corporal Eddie Tompkins, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Corporal Adam Loudermilk, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement
    1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Adding an ROV to your investigative toolbox is a big step to providing your officers/investigators the ability to “see” underwater. While boating accidents and missing person’s cases on the water are all too common, the utilization of a remotely operated vehicle can decrease your investigative time on scene due to quick recoveries, improve decision making for dive teams, and allow top notch underwater crime scene documentation prior to any human interaction. Side Scan Sonar and Sector Scan Sonar in conjunction with an ROV will greatly increase your likelihood of finding targets underwater, both big and small. This law-enforcement oriented program is designed to inform you of the many benefits and some challenges faced when deploying an ROV for investigative purposes with a “hands on” field demo. Supports RBS Initiative #3 - Improve upon and expand recreational boating data collection and research

    Grand Bay Ballroom
    Grand Bay Ballroom
    St. Petersburg III
    St. Petersburg III
    'The Boating Safety Dashboard' by Tim Spice, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Pamela Dillon, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators

    Of all of our senses, sight is the most prominent. So much so, when we are presented with visual information, we are able to decipher it almost effortlessly. In information technology, a dashboard is a user interface that organizes and presents information in a way that is easy to read. Using financial support from a 2016 USCG grant, NASBLA’s Policy and Best Practices Subcommittee coordinated input of a broad-based steering committee of experts to create The Boating Safety Dashboard Prototype. This web-based, interactive tool visually illustrates existing state and national program data for use in providing fresh insight into trends and methods to improve boating safety. This project addresses Initiative 3 of the USCG Strategic Plan: Improve Upon and Expand Recreational Boating Data Collection and Research, CoA9: Develop a central recreation database portal.

    St. Petersburg II
    St. Petersburg II
    'Hiring and Training Your Next Superstar Staff' by Kevin Straw, Mission Bay Aquatic Center

    As we all know, in an instructional setting, your staff is your primary product. It is critical to hire and train knowledgeable and personable staff as best as possible. This session will be discussing effective strategies to recruit, hire, train, and supervise staff that can provide good and safe service to customers. We will discuss how new staff can be trained to develop specific necessary skills and integrate with existing staff quickly. We will also look at assessment tools for supervisors to gauge new staff success and correct problems. Join us as we dive into this essential topic.

    Grand Bay Ballroom
    Registration Office
    Registration Office
    Eckerd College
    Eckerd College
    'Day at the Eckerd College Waterfront' with Ryan Dilkey, Eckerd College
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm

    On Tuesday, April 25, Eckerd College Search and Rescue (EC-SAR) is proud to host attendees from the International Boating and Water Safety Summit for a half day of interactive activities designed to introduce participants to a variety of factors involved in search and rescue. Activities will include: learning how to use different types of emergency equipment such as communications gear, fire extinguishers, safety flares, sound signaling devices and dewatering pumps; how to better prepare your boat and yourself to reduce the likelihood of needing rescue; a presentation about EC-SAR and tour of their boats and facilities; and more! Participants will have the option to rotate between multiple stations, some of which might involve getting wet or being in the water. These activities will be facilitated by staff and students of EC-SAR and will provide an opportunity to collaborate with this one-of-a-kind community service organization and local conference partner. Proper attire such as bathing suit, close-toed shoes, sun screen, hat, sunglasses, etc. is strongly encouraged. For some activities, close-toed shoes will be required.  

    St. Petersburg I
    St. Petersburg I
    'What’s In the Bag? Prepping Your Personal GO Bag' by Mark Brown, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Section

    Emergencies occur every day. Fortunately, most individuals aren’t faced with their own personal crisis with such frequency. This presentation is intended to aid in the preparation for a quick response to a serious event before coming face to face with an immediate crisis. Ask yourself, “Am I prepared for when a critical event happens to me?” This presentation will discuss (from both a law enforcement and civilian perspective) preparation of your own “GO Bag” for a variety of emergencies including: • Natural Disasters • Violence in the Workplace • Violence/Accidents Outside the Home • Other Critical Event Situations The class will also: • Discuss why crisis preparation is necessary. • Define “Go Bag” and illustrate examples of Go Bags from simple to complex. • Discuss how to select the bag(s) that will best fit your needs. • Discuss/suggest a list of items to pack in a Go Bag based on the anticipated emergency (including firearms and personal protection). • Describe how to pack and deploy a Go Bag. • Provide an opportunity for discussion and Q&A. USCG RBS Program 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, Initiative 1, CoA 4, which seeks to use an evidence-based approach to identify human factors, design interventions to address them, and evaluate the results.

    'Boating Under the Influence Enforcement: Training Today and in the Future' by Major Richard Moore

    Both state and federal boating laws strictly forbid boat operators from being in command of a boat while impaired. In spite of comprehensive prohibitions and significant public outreach aimed at discouraging this dangerous behavior, serious alcohol- and other drug-related boating casualties continue to occur. Active and effective efforts to enforce the BUI laws are critically important. This session will explore current efforts to ensure that marine law enforcement officers are properly trained to improve their ability to detect and apprehend BUI violators. Additionally, attendees will be informed about enhancements to current BUI training coming in the near future and will learn about efforts to increase training efforts to combat the growing trend of states legalizing both medical and recreational use of marijuana.

    St. Petersburg II
    St. Petersburg II
    'USPS Digital Media Library 2.0' by Scott McDonald, United States Power Squadrons

    USPS Digital Media Library 2.0 The first release of the USPS Digital Media Library (DML) has been completed. Now version 2.0 of the DML is underway. Developed under a grant from the U. S. Coast Guard, this release will bring out new and important content and new resources for the boating safety community. The DML supports the NRBS Strategic Plan goals of 1) increasing knowledge and skills through best practices and standards, and 2) developing an integrated national awareness campaign that supports a positive culture shift towards safer boating behavior. DML 2.0 builds on the first generation by adding new technology in the form of a “MyDML” app, and a self-led educational portal. Additional media content is also being developed. This includes 20 new videos focusing on a variety of subjects, including PWCs, BUI, Life Jackets, Accident Reporting, MMSI, Navigation Rules, and Visual Distress Signals. Find out how the DML 2.0 can serve as a go-to resource to support your educational needs. Find out what is in store for DML 2.0, and learn how it can support your educational outreach.

    'Year-Round Safe Boating Campaign' by Robert Baldridge, United States Power Squadrons

    The overall goal of the Year-Round Safe Boating Campaign (YRSBC) is to create a strong recreational boating safety culture nationwide. This goal is in alignment with the National Recreational Boating Safety Strategic Plan striving to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and deaths on America’s waterways and to provide a safer recreational boating environment for the public. Objective 1 – USPS will develop content for the Year-Round Safe Boating Campaign. USPS will evaluate existing resources, create and package USCG-approved educational content for multi-channel delivery with a focus on localized delivery. Objective 2 – USPS will engage in a pilot program to test YRSBC. USPS will determine twelve pilot test sites and measures, develop an over-arching national boating safety brand and marketing communications as well as use USPS members to launch, lead and pilot test site promotion, education and delivery. Objective 3 – USPS will launch the Year-Round Safe Boating Campaign nationally. USPS will evaluate test results, refine offerings and make key advocacy groups and media aware of the resources and messages when the final completed campaign is launched. Project Manager, Robert Baldridge, will introduce the campaign, solicit advice from stakeholders, and provide access to content.

    'Boat Handling Skills Without Water – Only In Simulation! New Generation Four Functionality….' by Lisa Herndon Wilson, United States Power Squadrons

    Boat Handling Skills Without Water – Only In Simulation! New Generation Four Functionality…. Would you like to learn to drive a 20 ft. Boston Whaler and improve your boating skills with no risk and no worries? The United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) will discuss the development of their Boating Skills Virtual Trainer® (BSVT) and how the new generation four functionality can be incorporated into boating education. The BSVT is the 2015 winner of the NASBLA Innovations Award. The small boat simulator provides hands-on experience with steering wheel and real Mercury throttle operated on a virtual lake with other sail and power boats, navigation aids, and a full marina for close-quarters maneuvers and docking. Instructors can vary the difficulty by changing wind and current direction and velocity and day/night scenarios. For over 100 years, the U.S. Power Squadrons, the nation’s largest recreational boating organization, has been transferring knowledge to recreational boaters in the classroom, online, and on the water. These portable units have been uniquely developed as a partnership of the U.S. Power Squadrons and Virtual Driver Interactive under U.S. Coast Guard grants and are available for purchase. For videos and more info, visit www.usps.org/boatingskillsvt.

    Marine Environment Explorer Club 360 Richard Gash, Boy Scouts of America

    The Boy Scouts of America, Marine Environment Explorer Club 360 is a co-educational program for middle school students, 6th- 8thgrade, with emphasis on safe boating practices. In the summer our focus is on boating activities.  Bay Village is a lakefront community and through our boat club, we have access to canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, Lasers, Mirror dinghies, and a 44-foot Navy yawl. Our students are taught how to operate and to enjoy these boats safely and proficiently.  If the student has a NASBLA certificate, which we strongly encourage, we include training on a center console Boston Whaler using the NSBC Close Quarter Boat Control Course curriculum. The winter is spent studying navigation, the aquatic environment, and background information for field trips. Trips may include visits to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers dredging operations on the Cuyahoga River, tour of a freighter and visit to a U.S. Coast Guard Station. In line with the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program emphasis is placed on boating safety and situational awareness i.e. everybody, including adults, aboard a boat regardless of size wears a life jacket and recognition is given for completing recognized boating courses.

    St. Petersburg III
    St. Petersburg III
    'Delivering a Great Course and Feeling Good About It! (Leadership in the Classroom)' by Ed Huntsman, Eighth Coast Guard District

    Teaching is one of the most basic forms of leadership and there’s nothing new about the notion. In fact, according to a number of resources, including Ms. Susan Wilcox of the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy at the Instructional Development Centre at Queen's University in 1997, “Responsible leadership depends upon flexible behavior; the ability to diagnose what behaviors are needed at a particular time in order for the group to function most efficiently; and the ability to fulfill these behaviors or to get other members to fulfill them.” Finding yourself bored, feeling challenged, or losing your enthusiasm for teaching knowledge based class room or on-water skills based boating safety education courses? Come to the session. We’ll be discussing and sharing – but most importantly learning from each other about ways to put the fun back into boating education courses through instructor leadership. The session will provide insights, suggestions and resources to help make the courses you instruct more fun and enjoyable. Instruction (and learning) starts with you and your leadership skills! Come get excited about teaching, learning and sharing your experiences, tips and perhaps learn some new ones for more effective instruction! Regarding the National RBS Strategic Plan, this session addresses Initiative 1: Improve and expand recreational boating education, training, and outreach.

    'Anticipating Thunderstorms and Rough Seas' by Daniel Noah, National Weather Service

    Anticipating thunderstorms and rough seas is critical to boating safety. Thunderstorms can form quickly and a boater may not have enough time to seek safe harbor. Novice boaters can head out under calm seas and sunny skies only to find themselves in strong winds, low visibility, and confused seas created by a thunderstorm. Understanding how a thunderstorm works and observing storm development using National Weather Service RADAR data can allow a boater to make safety decisions much sooner than those that have a lower situational awareness. This seminar session will cover: 1) the thunderstorm life cycle; 2) visual clues of storm strength; 3) lightning development and safety; and 4) using RADAR loops to anticipate shifting and increasing winds from nearby thunderstorms. Boating safety begins ashore with planning and training. Keep in mind that thunderstorms are usually brief so waiting it out is better than riding it out.

    Demens/Williams
    Demens/Williams
    'Spirit of America' by Cecilia Duer, Spirit of America, and Brian Davidson, Lake MetroParks

    “America’s Premier Youth Boating Education Program” a unique, all-inclusive form of education, was created to primarily serve youth. We successfully initiated our original mission to establish “non-traditional” middle school credit curriculum, by placing young people in hands-on learning environments. Twenty-three years later our curriculum includes National Education, Physical Education, and Next Generation Science Standards and provides components to utilize in STEM programs. We provide water-based education curriculum, based on National On-water Skills Based and Knowledge Based Standards, for students to develop lifelong learning skills and ambitions, gain confidence and learn safe boating practices nurturing responsible behavior. We are committed to presenting, unique to us, state boating education courses, water competency, sail, paddle and power disciplines. We provide a sustainable national resource of education in a healthy and safe environment. Our integral components include meeting guidelines of the USCG’s National RBS Strategic Plan. We prove the likelihood of advancing community boating is extremely high, spurring beneficial actions and continuing to provide a resource for American communities and the future of our industry. Spirit is proud to be recognized as the leader providing outstanding boating education and actively participating to reduce fatalities. “Future Boaters, Future Business”©

    'The National On-Water Standards (NOWS) Program' by Brian Dorval, Think First Serve and Joanne Dorval, METCOR, Ltd.

    The National On-Water Standards (NOWS) Program continues to develop Skills-based American National Standards for SAIL, POWER and HUMAN-propelled domains of recreational boating. This session will provide an update on the status of newest Instructional Approach Standard being developed. Attendees will learn about freely available products and tools that will help course providers enhance hands-on learning on the water. Information on how to access people resources to assist with integrating Skill and Knowledge Standards to create high-quality programs will be shared. Additionally, information on the Driver’s Education for Boaters (DEB) program will be provided. Updates on US Sailing’s Powerboat Training Centers will highlight how the program promotes and educates the importance of boating safety and on-the- water training.

    'NASBLA Grant Products – Advancing the National RBS Strategic Plan' by Tom Hayward, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Pamela Dillon, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators

    The membership of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators supports nearly every strategy and tactic identified in the USCG’s National Recreational Boating Safety Strategic Plan. This session provides an overview of five targeted grant projects now underway with focus on the planned deliverables for each. The full grant titles are: • Implementing the RBS Strategic Plan: Standardize Statutes and Regulations • Conduct Staged Boating Collision • Advancing Boater Education and Training: The ‘Spring Aboard’ National Boater Education Campaign (Including Skill-Program Conformity Assessment and Evaluation Phase II) • National Recreational Boating Safety Boating Accident Investigation Courses • BUI Detection and Enforcement Training Courses and BUI Awareness and Enforcement Campaign: Operation Dry Water

    Grand Bay Ballroom
    Grand Bay Ballroom
    St. Petersburg I
    St. Petersburg I
    'Implementing the Right Safety Equipment for Flood/Natural Disaster Response and Maritime Tactical Operations' by Cody Jones, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

    Texas Game Wardens have long been utilized for flood and natural disaster responses as well as any Tactical Maritime deployment necessary in support of the state. Texas’ 551 men and women that wear the blue badge patrol over 267,000 square miles of land encompassing 1,254 miles of international border, 1.7 million surface acres of freshwater lakes, 80,000 miles of rivers and streams, 367 miles of coastline and 4 million surface acres of saltwater. Texas is a big state with vast open spaces. Whether it is operating in coastal waters to interdict the 1,138 launches that make incursions into US waters, or its working the Rio Grande to stop the 20,744 undocumented aliens entering illegally into the US, or it’s the 1,800 Texas citizens we are rescuing in flooding and swift water situations, our Texas Game Wardens need the right and the best equipment to get them home at the end of the night. This presentation is intended to provide some of the many ways we train and equip our personnel to succeed in this vital role on a daily basis.

    St. Petersburg II
    St. Petersburg II
    'America’s Boating Course (ABC3) Hispanic Translation and Online Presentation' by Luis Ojeda, U. S. Power Squadrons

    The United States Power Squadrons were selected for a grant from the United States Coast Guard and the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund to translate the United States Power Squadrons’ America’s Boating Course into Spanish. The written translation of the course is finished while the online version is almost ready for presentation. I will go over and explain some of the nuances and differences in dealing with multiple dialects, slang and colloquialisms. how we got to the finished product as well as how we intend to market it and how. The online version is a voice over with written text using what we call basic Spanish. We used the “Mother” tongue, Castilian, to enable larger audiences to read, listen and understand the content. There are nearly 400 interactive slides that explain and are in nearly exact correlation with our NASBLA approved Basic Boating Flagship Boating Course ABC3. The estimated audience appeal is quite large since the online version is not dependent on reading alone nor does it really require an instructor.

    St. Petersburg III
    St. Petersburg III
    'National Boating Course Conformity Assessment 101, Including Online Course Interactivity and Verified Course Assessment for On-Water Skills Courses' by Pamela Dillon, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and Mark Chanski, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

    Nearly 500,000 students complete ‘NASBLA-Approved’ courses each year. Approximately 400 courses are approved across the U.S. This session will present a broad overview of the conformity assessment process for course review and approval including an overview of the American National Standard ANSI/NASBLA 103-2016: Basic Boating Knowledge – Power. Also included are course policy updates, effective Jan. 1, 2017; a review of new options for heightened levels of student interactivity effective Jan. 1, 2018; and (new in 2017) an overview of the USCG-grant supported process for verifying skill courses which meet the EDU-1 National On-Water Skill Standard for Power. This project addresses Initiative 1 of the USCG Strategic Plan: Improve and Expand Recreational Boating Education, Training, and Outreach, CoA3: Systemic approach to align and maintain federal regulatory requirements with national best practices and standards.

    Demens/Williams
    Demens/Williams
    'Designated Sober Skipper Campaign Social Marketing Plan' by Michael Wesolowski, Sea Tow Foundation

    A social marketing plan has been created for the Designated Skipper Campaign to help change the behavior of the intended audience. Guided by Nancy Lee, President of Social Marketing Services in Seattle, Washington, and speaker at 2016 IBWSS and 2015 NASBLA; the plan offers our audience something they already value in exchange for a behavior which is believed to benefit them as an individual as well as society as a whole. This 30-minute presentation will briefly review the Designated Skipper Campaign, steps of the plan, and offer remarks from Freedom Boat Club Director of Training/Instruction Captain Steve Jacobs, and include time for questions and answers. The Designated Skipper Campaign from Sea Tow Foundation is a proactive nationwide campaign centered around the idea that boaters need to appoint a designated skipper before they leave the dock; produced under a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund, administered by the US Coast Guard; and addresses the following 2012-2016 National Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Strategic Plan strategies: Strategy 2.4 – Deliver Branded Messages through Traditional Mass Media, Strategy 2.5 – Deliver Branded Messages through Non-Traditional Media, and Strategy 6.5 – Conduct BUI Awareness and Enforcement Campaign. Sea Tow Foundation’s mission promotes safe boating practices related to recreational boating. For more information, go to: www.designatedskipper.com.

    'National Life Jacket Loaner Stand Program Best Practices and Case Study Example' by Michael Wesolowski, Sea Tow Foundation

    People working together is the secret sauce of the Life Jacket Loaner Program from Sea Tow Foundation. Since 2008, 35,000 life jackets have been made available to the public through the efforts of volunteers maintaining 343 life jacket loaner stations throughout the United States and territories. Sea Tow Foundation life jackets are also used in towing and marine assistance operations, in boating safety courses and camps, at boat shows, and provided to local marine law enforcement officers. This 30-minute presentation will discuss best practices for establishing and managing a successful life jacket loaner stand, and offer remarks by life jacket stand partners Sea Tow Charlotte Harbor Owner Captain Mike DeGenaro and Peace River Sail and Power Squadron member John Rowland, and include time for questions and answers. Sea Tow Foundation’s mission promotes safe boating practices related to recreational boating, and the Life Jacket Loaner Program is produced under a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund, administered by the US Coast Guard and addresses the following parts of the 2012-2016 National Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Strategic Plan: Strategy 2.3 – Deliver Boating Safety Education Messages through Grassroots Efforts, Strategy 2.4 – Deliver Branded Messages through Traditional Mass Media, Strategy 2.5 – Deliver Branded Messages through Non-Traditional Media, and Strategy 4.6 – Evaluate Life Jacket Loaner Programs, and Strategy 8.6 – Increase Boaters’ Knowledge of Safety Equipment. For more information, go to: www.boatingsafety.com

    Lunch On Your Own
    Lunch On Your Own
    Eckerd College
    Eckerd College
    'Day at the Eckerd College Waterfront' with Ryan Dilkey, Eckerd College
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    On Tuesday, April 25, Eckerd College Search and Rescue (EC-SAR) is proud to host attendees from the International Boating and Water Safety Summit for a half day of interactive activities designed to introduce participants to a variety of factors involved in search and rescue. Activities will include: learning how to use different types of emergency equipment such as communications gear, fire extinguishers, safety flares, sound signaling devices and dewatering pumps; how to better prepare your boat and yourself to reduce the likelihood of needing rescue; a presentation about EC-SAR and tour of their boats and facilities; and more! Participants will have the option to rotate between multiple stations, some of which might involve getting wet or being in the water. These activities will be facilitated by staff and students of EC-SAR and will provide an opportunity to collaborate with this one-of-a-kind community service organization and local conference partner. Proper attire such as bathing suit, close-toed shoes, sun screen, hat, sunglasses, etc. is strongly encouraged. For some activities, close-toed shoes will be required.  

    St. Petersburg I
    St. Petersburg I
    'SAR Execution on the West Coast of Florida' by LCDR Christopher C. Rosen, United States Coast Guard

    This presentation will demonstrate how Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg leverages two separate cooperative groups to respond to mariners in distress.

    'Logistics of Setting Up A Marine Firearms Course' by Major Dan Hesket, Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

    One of the most critical components of law enforcement is proper training and to be more specific, training that is relevant to the type of work officers are providing. This philosophy ensures that officers utilize proper judgement exercised in the environment they are working from to reduce possible litigation and ensure officer survival in the worse-case scenarios. Marine law enforcement professionals focus tremendous amount of time towards firearm training, but the reality of officers actually conducting live fire from patrol boats on a national scale is slight at the best. This short session will focus on the logistics involved in developing and applying a shoot-from-the-boat type of training and incorporating all of the safety angles involved. It will also involve working with other State agencies in accomplishing this training task. During the 2015 National Association of Boating Law Administrators Conference, Kansas and Oklahoma paired together to provide the first ever, Marine Tactical firearms training course. A short preview of this event will be provided during this training session. The training aspect, although complex, does not compare to the logistical requirements that are involved. The focus of this seminar will not be directly geared towards the standards of shooting tactics, but towards the logistics involved, so individual agencies may leave the seminar with a basic understanding that no matter how small of an agency or limited budget that this type of training can be done in a safe and educational manner. Agencies can take their existing policies and tactics and apply them to this type of training. From experiences training law enforcement officers within our State, most agencies do not have their marine officer trained in the use of firearms from their vessel to a threat, nor do they understand the concepts of cover and concealment when it comes to hull material of a vessel. Differing aspects between land patrol and marine patrol include environmental elements such as the sun, moon, waves, current, wind, and moving vessels. The concepts of this program should allow individual states to set up their own maritime law enforcement patrol vessel training program whether incorporating live fire, simulations, or other types of adaptive training methods.

    'Demonstration of Emergency Procedures in Boating' by Brian C. Westfall, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Boat occupant overboard emergencies are one of the most dangerous victim rescue scenarios that first responder personnel face. Best management rescue practices and frequent training exercises are vital to ensure the safe retrieval of overboard victims and ultimately, the safety of the first responder. Most boating fatalities involve vessel capsizing or falls overboard. The boater, instantly turned victim, unexpectedly enters the water and most often, is not wearing a life jacket. As a first responder, are you prepared to place yourself and your partner in position to make a safe and successful rescue? This breakout session will detail proven rescue techniques that will bolster all first responder’s rescue skill set. The presenter, 32-year USACE boat ranger, will outline and demonstrate first responder priorities in water rescue situations to include characteristics of a person in distress, a person drowning, the rescue sequence (Talk, Reach, Throw, Row, Go), in-water rescues, cold water rescues, unconscious and conscious victim retrieval, getting the victim and first responder back into the vessel. Attendees will be encouraged to practice rescue techniques within the safe confines of the classroom setting. Boating and water safety is up to ALL of US!

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    St. Petersburg II
    'Life Jackets Worn…Nobody Mourns Adult Water Safety Campaign' by Pam Doty, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    The “Life Jacket Worn…Nobody Mourns” Campaign is an award-winning campaign that targets adult males to provoke them to wear life jackets. The non-profit Corps of Engineers Natural Resources Education Foundation is currently managing their second grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the USCG, to augment this campaign. Feedback from focus groups was used to develop the campaign and products including logo, video PSAs, audio PSAs, posters, and artwork for banners, billboards, publication ads and social media. These products are available for download at www.PleaseWearIt.com. Also, a free mobile game “Lake Guard” is downloadable on Google Play and Apple app stores. The current grant funds are assisting to improve the mobile game, developing additional campaign video PSAs (in shorter 15-second formats), and providing tailgate wraps and banners to promote the campaign at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) lake and river projects. USACE has supplemented the campaign by developing other promotional products. In this session, we will be presenting an overview of the campaign, how it is being used, and seeking feedback from you on new draft video PSAs. Also, campaign products that have been produced will be available for participants to take with them and use.

    Panel Discussion: Attracting, Engaging and Recruiting The Next Generation of Recreational Boaters

    Panelists include: Stephen Ellerin – United States Boating Institute, Stu Gilfillen – U. S. Sailing, Nichole Kalil – ACR Electronics, Inc., and Dan Ratner – National Safe Boating Council As the current cadre of Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) leaders ages, it will become increasingly important to attract, engage, and even recruit the next generation of recreational boaters. This demographic is often considerably younger, more physically fit, more diverse, and driven by a different set of motivations than the generations of boaters before them. They are more interested in "boating for the millions, not the millionaires" and traditional RBS organizations will need to adapt if we are to reach them with our message and recruit them into our organizations.

    'Are you using the American National Standards for On-Water Skills-based Instruction in your Boating Safety Education Program?' by Brian Dorval, Think First Serve and Joanne Dorval, METCOR, Ltd.

    The 2017 National Recreational Boating Safety Strategic Plan calls for stimulating a culture shift toward safety in recreational boating. One of the initiatives designed to shift the culture is to Improve and expand recreational boating education, training, and outreach. This initiative involves the use of a National System of Standards as a framework for “…aligning and maintaining national recreational boating standards and best practices” to help stimulate that shift. The focus of presentation is on the USCG’s National System of Standards for Recreational Boat Operation and how it is being used to help establish a national culture shift toward safety in recreational boating. The presentation will educate audience members about what is the National System of Standards and how it functions as one comprehensive organizing system for both knowledge and skills-based education standards used in boating safety education. It will examine the role and impact Education Providers have on the establishment of a recreational boating safety culture. Finally, it will examine On-Water skills-based instruction tools as examples of resources Education Providers can use to support their work in triggering a culture shift toward a permanent safety mindset throughout the recreational boating community and the nation.

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    St. Petersburg III
    '2017 Update on National Boating Education Standards' by Pamela Dillon, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators

    Much work has been accomplished since the National Boating Education Standards Panel (ESP) began its ANSI (American National Standards Institute)-accredited work in 2010, to develop American National Standards for recreational boating. This update will review standards development work addressing power, sail, human-propelled, trailering, water-jet propelled boating, and passenger safety. Learn how you can actively participate in this public, consensus-based, standards building process! This project addresses Initiative 1 of the USCG Strategic Plan: Improve and Expand Recreational Boating Education, Training, and Outreach, CoA3: Systemic approach to align and maintain federal regulatory requirements with national best practices and standards.

    'Safety Risks in Shared Waterways Focus of NTSB Safety Recommendation Report' by Larry Bowling, National Transportation Safety Board

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a report identifying the risks associated with the shared use of America’s Marine Transportation System by recreational and commercial vessels. The growth of both commercial and recreational vessel traffic during the last several decades is a significant risk factor. The number of canoers, kayakers, and standup paddleboarders increased by nearly 22 percent between 2008 and 2014. The diversity of waterway users and their differences in experience, navigational knowledge, and boat-handling skills exacerbate the safety risk. The NTSB concludes in its safety recommendation report “Shared Waterways: Safety of Recreational and Commercial Vessels in the Marine Transportation System” that all recreational vessel operators need to attain a minimum level of boating safety education to mitigate risk. In addition, the NTSB believes the U.S. Coast Guard should require recreational boaters on US navigable waterways to demonstrate completion of an instructional course meeting the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators or equivalent standards. “Just as operators of motor vehicles upon our nation’s roadways are required to demonstrate a standard of understanding of the rules of the road in order to make roadways safer for all vehicles, large and small, so too must operators of recreational vessels understand and practice the rules of the road upon our nation’s maritime transportation system to make waterways safer for all vessels, large and small,” said NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart. The NTSB issued three safety recommendations to the US Coast Guard, one to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and one the National Water Safety Congress in the report. These recommendations address the need to identify and mitigate risks associated with shared waterways, and training and education for recreational vessel operators.

    '2016 Voluntary Manufacturing Standards –Keeping Boats Safe' by David Broadbent, American Boat and Yacht Council and Water Solutions Group

    The American Boat & Yacht Council’s David Broadbent will present on the deliverables of their 2016 grant. This presentation includes a brief discussion on regulations and why the concept of Voluntary Standards matter as well as how these standards effect the work done by boating safety professionals. The grant also includes some specific technical updates that have an impact on the repair and purchase of boats for use by recreational boaters and boating professionals. Part of this grant’s deliverables is also involvement in international standards. David will touch on the work in the European Union and the impact that these changes have on US boatbuilding and standards. Those attending will come away with an understanding of the boatbuilding world and take away valuable information on what to look for when they are faced with buying new product, repairing old product or even investigating an accident.

    'Mobilized Grassroots Rental Boat Safety Campaign' by Wil Busby, Parroco Products Group

    The impact of the Rental Boat Safety Campaign (RBSC) – www.RentalBoatSafety.com began in 2008, targeting the rapidly growing number of rental boat customers not engaged in the traditional boating world and not exposed to safety campaigns targeted at recreational boaters. Since inception, the RBSC has developed and expanded its training resources and awareness for the use of multiple Powerboats, PWCs, Kayaks and Canoes, and most recently, Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP). Last year the RBSC developed a Mobile Smartphone ‘App’ providing thousands of Rental Liveries and Marina Operators with easily accessible Rental Boat Safety training. This enabled direct, front-line interaction with boaters as well as mobile accessibility for the rental boater. Currently, the RBSC is focused on a targeted Digital Marketing + Social Media Campaign to drive Internet traffic to the RentalBoatSafety.com website and encourage users to download the Smartphone App and Mobile Game, to educate the rental boat market on boating safety. The key performance goal of the Rental Boat Safety Campaign is to continually reduce fatalities and injuries within this rapidly expanding, inexperienced boating demographic. The campaign supports the Strategic Plan under Initiatives 1 & 2, Courses of Action 1,2,4,5 and several Milestones.

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    'Increasing the Awareness of Safe Boating Practices Program' by Jim Emmons, The WaterSports Foundation, Inc.

    In 2011, the WaterSports Foundation (WSF) was awarded a USCG non-profit grant entitled Increasing the Awareness of Safe Boating Practices. Now in its sixth year, WSF’s outreach campaign is designed to heighten the public’s awareness of safer boating and paddling practices through four outreach grants. The campaigns utilize boating/paddling media as the conduit to reach boaters and paddlers. The FY16 goal is to reach more than 46 million boaters/paddlers with qualified safety messages. The project now utilizes nine well-known boating and paddle sports media outlets to reach more boaters and paddlers than ever. Safety messages are delivered in both print and digital media. Content is produced as print ads, print editorial, radio content, radio advertising, digital newsletters, newsletter banner ads, website banner ads, boating safety articles, video shorts, photos, social media posts, boating safety quizzes, and specially produced alternative ending webisodes. WSF distributes other safety organizations safety messages, at no charge, through its Cross-Pollination program. Current partners include NSBC, NASBLA, ABYC, ACA, US Power Squadrons, USCG Auxiliary, Energy Education Council, Sea Tow, Sea Scouts, Army Corps of Engineers, US PowerBoating, SPIN and US Sailing. Since 2011, WSF has been awarded more than $4.6 million in non-profit grants and as of December 2016, the campaign has produced more than 498 million safe boating and paddling impressions.

    'Paddlesports Grants: WebTV Series, Infographics, Creative Photography & SUP Rescue Training' by Christopher Stec, ACA/Canoe-Kayak-SUP-Raft-Rescue

    Paddlesports Grants Join Chris Stec, the ACA’s Chief Operating Officer, for a presentation on three of the ACA’s current USCG Non-Profit Grant programs for 2017. 1. Learn how to replicate a SUP training program in areas of the country that have been traditionally underserved by the boating community. 2. In addition, get a sneak peek at the new Paddlesports infographics and creative photo series that will be made available for public use. 3. The ACA has partnered with Heliconia Press to produce round two of WebTV series dealing with various aspects of paddlesports safety and education. Each WebTV series will have 15 episodes. This presentation will address the following objectives of the 2012-2016 Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program: • Objective 1: Increase the Number of Safety Education Certificates and Successful Course Completions • Objective 2: Deliver Effective Boating Safety Outreach o Area of Interest 1: Year-Round Safe Boating Campaign o Area of Interest 9: Media Toolbox • Objective 3: Advanced and/or On-Water Skill-Based Boating

    'Cold-Water Immersion Train the Trainer' by Mike Fields, National Water Safety Congress

    This session will provide details about the National Water Safety Congress’s (NWSC) current grant agreement. The NWSC was awarded monies to develop a Cold-Water Immersion Train the Trainer program. While this project is in it’s infancy, attendees will be given information on the expected outcome of this endeavor.

    Campaigns You Can Implement in Your Own Programs! (NSBC)

    The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), an implementing partner of the National Recreational Boating Safety Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021, is currently developing the following grant programs: Boating Safety Media Toolbox: The NSBC will implement Phase II of this initiative, currently live at www.BoatBeat.org, with an updated Photo Library and campaign deliverables including infographics specific to key recreational boating safety topics. “Read the Label” National Safe Boating Campaign for the New Life Jacket Standards: The NSBC, along with key boating safety partners, is developing and conducting a national year-round safe boating campaign with the goal of educating boaters on the “New Life Jacket Standards,” as published by the U.S. Coast Guard. Propeller Safety and Engine Cut-Off Device Safe Boating Campaign: This campaign will educate boaters on propeller strike dangers and avoidance, particularly emphasizing the wearing of an engine cut-off device. Distracted Boating Proper Lookout Scanning Techniques Campaign: The NSBC will raise awareness through a prevention awareness, education, and training program that can be easily built into any boating safety knowledge or skill course or outreach initiative to teach recreational boaters how to deliberately and actively scan the area for boating risks while boating. All resources created through these grants will be available for you to implement in your own boating and water safety programs for free. Learn more at www.safeboatingcouncil.org.

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    South Ballroom
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    Registration Office
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    MC Announcements

    'Start Boating for Beginning Boaters' by Barbara Byers, Lifesaving Society and Ted Rankine, Playsafe Productions

    Small open boats, both human and small outboard powered, are in the highest, at-risk category for drowning. Inexpensive and readily accessible, they are often entry level boats for most new and therefore ‘under-educated’ boaters. Adding to that is an emerging risk factor, a large number of immigrants, unfamiliar with water for recreational use but eager to assimilate themselves into the North American lifestyle including boating. Start Boating for Beginner Boaters, created by the Lifesaving Society Canada and Playsafe Productions, is targeting education directly to the new small boat operator with specific components designed for each popular small vessel type such as canoe, kayak, SUP and small outboard powered boat. To address the issue of those new to North America, the initial launch of Start Boating is in six languages. This general session presentation will provide samples of the program, its related outreach activities and will also review the research on the higher incidence of drowning within the new North American population that led to the creation of Start Boating. This program created in Canada (by the people who brought you Cold Water Boot Camp) is one that will be of great interest to U.S. boating safety educators who face many of the same challenges.

    Breaking News from the NSBC! North American Safe Boating Campaign

    National Safe Boating Council’s Executive Director, Rachel Johnson, and Communications Coordinator, Diane Corish, have some big news in store for you about the recently invigorated North American Safe Boating Campaign. Don’t miss this chance to hear all about the refreshed North American Safe Boating Campaign and our plans to save even more lives by spreading awareness of life jacket wear. Rachel and Diane will also touch on new marketing and communication strategies of the campaign as well as the updated campaign website: www.SafeBoatingCampaign.com. We will also share how you can get more involved in the North American Safe Boating Campaign through National Safe Boating Week (May 20 – 26, 2017), Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day (May 19), “Ready, Set, Wear It!” Life Jacket World Record Day (May 20), and everyday communications. Want to share information about the campaign on Twitter? Tag @BoatingCampaign and use #safeboating.

    'How Risky Conditions Impact Loaner Board Effectiveness' by Thomas Mangione, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

    Our study demonstrates that loaner boards increase life jacket wear rates. The study was conducted at 34 sites across Washington State (15 sites with loaner boards). At loaner board sites wear rates were 5.2% higher than for non-loaner board sites (27.5% versus 22.3%). Although all age groups showed increased wear rates, the largest increases were for adult boaters. We also compared how wear rates were impacted by the presence of up to eight risky conditions—small boat length, windy conditions, cold air temperatures, cold water temperatures, strong current, poorer weather, a child present on board, and engaging in fishing or a towed activity. When loaner boards were present, as the number of risks went up, the wear rates increased too, but when no loaner board was present, wear rates did not increase as the number of risks increased. Loaner boards, therefore seem to play an important “reminder” role as boaters assess the risky conditions that are present; they seem to encourage boaters to put on a life jacket whether it be to use the life jacket they already have on the boat or to borrow one off the loaner board. These results support the strategic plan initiatives #2 and #3.

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    'Safer Boating in New Zealand' by Baz Kirk, Maritime New Zealand

    Baz Kirk will talk about Safer Boating in New Zealand, the challenges we face, statistics over the last ten years and why we need to change our game in the way we deliver and administer regulatory compliance across the recreational boating sector in New Zealand. Our two main risk demographics, older age males over 45 who go boating, and an emerging risk, young people using paddle craft, pose some significant challenges for us regarding boating safety attitudes. As a boating nation, New Zealand has approximately one in three of all people over the age of 18 involved with an estimated 960,000, recreational craft, participating in more than 17 million boating activities per year. Our challenges are quite large, and we need to continually monitor and adapt to the rapidly changing environment that recreational boating in New Zealand presents. Using a diverse range of compliance tools, social media, boating education, and joint agency collaboration, involving national and local authorities delivering a consistent compliance approach, balanced with targeted enforcement and education campaigns, is a different approach to what has been done in the past. Areas of high risk are being identified and targeted this year with the boating public facing infringements and enforcement action if rules and bylaws are broken.

    'Marketing Trends: Data Analysis and Visualization' by Jake Waldrop, Kalkomey Enterprises

    Who is the next generation boater? And how can we successfully reach them in a cluttered digital world? Let’s dive into emerging digital trends powered by a data driven economy. In this presentation, we’ll profile the up and coming boaters’ behavioral traits and discover advanced techniques to deliver resonating messages.

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    South Ballroom
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    St. Petersburg I & II
    Media Campaign Contest Winners

    The 2017 IBWSS Media Campaign Contest is hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), National Water Safety Congress (NWSC), and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) to showcase the outreach efforts of organizations, agencies, and groups in the realm of boating and water safety. Organizations from around the world submitted media materials used to promote safe boating and other water activities to be judged by a panel. The winners will be announced during a General Session on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Submissions were entered into the following categories: Giveaways/Handouts, Booklets/Brochures, Posters/Signs, Special Category – Education, Electronic Education, Audio PSAs, Video PSAs Contact: Diane Corish, National Safe Boating Council

    'Making Boating Safety a Priority' by Alex Otte

    The presentation that I will be giving at the International Boating & Water Safety Summit will primarily be a telling of my story. This presentation will address the personal injury aspect of the National Recreational Boating Safety Strategic Plan. I plan to describe my life on the water before the crash, to go into detail about the crash itself and the time around it, and to talk about how my life has changed since. The presentation will explain what it is like to live the rest of your life as a victim of intoxicated, unsafe boating and recklessness on the water. The presentation will then go into thanking these professionals for their efforts to make boating safer for everyone, and explaining why this should be a main concern. As someone who continues to enjoy boating and the water, making sure that it is always done safely is a priority.

    'Education and Training: Are We Focused on the Wrong Metric?' by Duane “Mike” Smith, Sextant Strategic Consulting, LLC

    A review of the United States Coast Guard annual statistics shows a recurring pattern that operator controllable factors are consistently the top five primary factors of boating accidents. Past efforts of the recreational boating community have focused on knowledge based training and outreach efforts, with the metric being how many boaters have had knowledge training. It would appear a continued focus on this metric does not address the issues that have lead to the continued dominance of operator controllable factors as the primary factor in boating accidents. What the statistics do appear to show is a need for skills training and an assessment of the impact that training has on operator controllable factors. Initial survey results of Discover Boating HOST program participants indicated that 54% had an increased awareness of safety; 61% believe the training helped them avoid an accident or unsafe situation; and 18% reported an increase in their life jacket wear rate. This presentation offers that using a metric that addresses the skills of boat operators is more appropriate to achieving the National Recreational Boating Safety Program 2017-2022 Strategic Plan priority of cultivating “. . . a boating public that is better prepared to engage in safer boating behaviors.”

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