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.

Please browse the 2018 interactive draft program, or download the program.

GRAND KENTUCKY - SALON A, B & C (EXPO)
GRAND KENTUCKY - SALON A, B & C (EXPO)
REGISTRATION OFFICE
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GRAND KENTUCKY - SALON D
GRAND KENTUCKY - SALON D
Opening Ceremonies

General Session

U.S. Coast Guard Update

General Session

Japan Coast Guard Update

General Session Captain Mitsuru Eguchi, Japan Coast Guard

Having been established in 1948, based on the model of the US Coast Guard, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) oversees security and safety at sea by conducting maritime security and safety operations, regulating criminal activities at sea and conducting search and rescue missions. In 2017, JCG participated in the IBWSS as an observer and from this year has become an official participant. The presentation will include a brief introduction of JCG, domestic statistics with regard to the occurrence of boat accidents and injuries at sea as well as an explanation of the measures implemented by JCG in order to minimize the occurrence of such accidents.

General Session: Situational Awareness

Dr. Dan Maxim, Everest Consulting Associates: Situational Awareness

Human error is known to account for the majority of recreational boating accidents and it is time that the role of human error and relevant skills to reduce these errors is included in boating safety courses, as has happened in other transportation fields. Maintaining Situational Awareness [SA] (“knowing what is going on around you”) is one of the ways to reduce the likelihood of human error. This talk defines and explains SA, threats (attention demons) to maintaining SA (including temporal distortion, distraction, channelized attention, task saturation, expectancy, inattention, habituation, and negative transfer), clues to loss of SA, and ways to regain/maintain SA.

Keynote: How One Tragedy Saved Thousands of Lives

Nancy Baker and Alan Korn: Parent Advocate

The goal of this session is to share how one tragic story can lead to saving thousands of lives. In this session, Nancy Baker will share the details behind the death of her daughter and how she partnered with Alan Korn, a child safety advocate, to turn the tragedy into a legislative triumph that changed the safety landscape of the pool industry for the better. Since the effective date of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act there has not been a single entrapment death in a public pool or spa anywhere in the country.

General Session: Making Sense of the Legislative Process

Peter Schrappen, Northwest Marine Trade Association: Making Sense of the Legislative Process: How to Talk So Your Lawmakers Will Listen and Listen So Your Lawmakers Will Talk

What happens in the state capital matters. I will work with participants to unwrap and demystify the "inside baseball" in a manner that brings people together and leads to unprecedented success. Explained poorly, the legislative process is wonky and disempowering. On the other side of the coin, our system of government can be empowering, and a skill set that can easily be acquired. Wouldn't you want to know about the latter? If government isn't "your thing", then my presentation applies to you, too. It's all about people skills, EQ and emotional intelligence.

General Session: The Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP)

John Malatak, NASBLA: The Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP)

Learn how you'll be able to differentiate yourself in a competitive job market. How to increase, demonstrate, and validate your skills and knowledge; achieve personal accomplishment; enhance your professional reputation, while demonstrating your high level of commitment to the national recreational boating program. Achieving the "CRBP" credential will demonstrate your competence and professional growth through continuing education, involvement and leadership.

Announcements/MC Comments

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Waves of Hope
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Dana Gage, The LV Project and panelists; Hunter Bland, Hunter Bland Fishing; NSBC Team Representatives: Engaging Survivors of Boating Accidents

Join the National Safe Boating Council, The LV Project, and perspectives from boating accident survivors in this engaging session.  The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) introduces our newest safe boating initiative, Waves of Hope (previously Engaging Survivors of Recreational Boating Accidents), a collaborative outreach, education and awareness effort. Boating is an exciting and wonderful sport, but just like driving a car, it does come with risks. This effort provides a platform for survivors and families that have lost loved ones to take action, share their story, and educate others on the importance of responsible boating in hope to prevent future accidents such as they experienced. The Things We Want You to Know: From Survivors of Water Tragedies Panel Moderator: Dana Gage, Founder, The LV Project; Phyllis Kopytko, SPIN; Alex Otte, survivor; Hunter Bland, survivor You're in the business of water safety every day. We're the people who have suffered loss through a water tragedy. We're the why behind what you do. You will learn helpful tips, do's and don'ts about how best to deal with family members who have suffered water tragedies, including on-the-scene interactions, post-incident communication and more. It's never easy to know how to talk to someone who's suffering. We will share a list of the most important things to know to help you connect the often hard-to-navigate dots between duty, compassion and advocacy. Not Finished: Hunter Bland My story will show proof of why you should 'Never Give Up' on your work. 'Each day is a new day to save a life!' I will provide living proof of why engaging with boating survivors is crucial to the advancement of boating safety.

B.E.A.P. Presents - Inflatable Life Jackets – Roundtable Discussion on Messaging
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Stacey Brown, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries: B.E.A.P. Presents - Inflatable Life Jackets – Roundtable Discussion on Messaging

This session will be a facilitated roundtable discussion to help educators and other people who work with the public create the best message for informing the public about the risks and benefits of inflatable life jackets and the best message on maintenance of this type of life jacket. The Boating Education Advisory Panel (B.E.A.P) is made up of state education coordinators. In the last two meetings, issues regarding inflatable life jackets have dominated our discussion. In the past five years, more manufacturers with different styles and operability have surfaced. This has left educators and law enforcement personnel, who interact with the public, with outdated information on inflatable life jackets. This session will be a facilitated discussion on the pros and cons of inflatable life jackets, help craft messaging regarding proper selection and use of life jackets and maintenance of the different life jackets.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Meeting

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BLUEGRASS ROOM
Working with Indigenous Populations in Northern Canada and Alaska
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Working with Indigenous Populations in Northern Canada and Alaska

John Gullick, Canadian Safe Boating Council; Kelli Toth, Alaska Office of Boating Safety; Robert Patterson, Canadian Rangers; Carl Wolfe, Canadian Rangers

Join John Gullick, Kelli Toth, Robert Patterson and Carl Wolfe as they discuss how they are delivering boating and water safety information to their respective areas and making it relevant to the communities and people they serve. The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) is working in partnership with the Canadian Rangers on two projects the CSBC in northern Canada. The Canadian Rangers was created in 1942 to provide a vital military presence in sparsely settled northern, coastal and isolated areas of Canada. Some of their tasks include surveillance, support in disasters, search and rescue and other activities as assigned. The CSBC’s financial partners are Transport Canada and Public Safety Canada. One project is “Operation Life Preserver” and the other is “Cold Water Instruction for Rangers.” The goals of the two projects are to deliver education targeted to young people through the school system and to the community at large through events and various interactive activities on four fundamental survival pillars: life jackets, reboarding devices, cold water awareness and the importance of trip plans. Operation Life Preserver is a Life Jacket Owner program, similar to a skate or ski swap in the south, with the goal to ensure youth in communities always have access to properly fitting lifejackets. Kelli will discuss identifying and engaging with potential partners; the types of courses and training they offer, including cold water survival, passenger safety, boating safety for hunters; as well as the evaluation process, implementation of training, and logistics. The goal of sharing this information is to explore how to make it relevant to each state/participant’s specific situation. There will be a moderated Q & A and discussion after the presentations.

Implementation of Recreational Boating Education and Skills Standards
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Implementation of Recreational Boating Education and Skills Standards

Pam Dillon, NASBLA; Brian Dorval, Think First Serve; Joanne Dorval, METCOR, Ltd.

The presentation will examine the current status in the development of American National Standards for recreational boating instruction. These standards identify the core knowledge and fundamental skills education providers should build into their entry-level instructional programs. The presentation will examine work being done to help education providers align and integrate knowledge and skills within their recreational boating program. It will also explore freely available methods and tools they can use to verify that their recreational boating programs comply with the newly developed skills-based American National Standards.

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NSBC 60th Anniversary Reception, sponsored by BoatU.S. Foundation (All Welcome)
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
NSBC 60th Anniversary Reception, sponsored by BoatU.S. Foundation (All Welcome)

Join the National Safe Boating Council at a special reception, sponsored by BoatU.S. Foundation, on Monday evening to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the NSBC.

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TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY POOL
TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY POOL
Indoor Poolside Session: Hands on Activities You Can Customize From “Kids Don’t Float"
8:00 am - 11:30 am
Indoor Poolside Session: Hands on Activities You Can Customize From “Kids Don’t Float"

Indoor Poolside Session: Hands on Activities You Can Customize From “Kids Don’t Float"

Kelli Toth, Alaska Office of Boating Safety; Stacey Brown, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Please wear your swim gear under your clothes so you are ready to begin the session when you arrive. Don't forget a towel!

Transportation will be provided to the pool. The shuttle will depart from the Hilton Lexington/Downtown at 8:05 a.m., 9:15 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. The shuttle will make trips back and forth from the pool to the hotel so you may attend all or part of the session. The last shuttle from the pool will leave at 11:30 a.m. Full shuttle schedule is below.

Alaska's award-winning "Kids Don't Float” program is a model for educators and injury prevention specialists throughout the United States. Join us at the Transylvania University pool with the various stations on 1) capsizing and falls overboard using SUPs and other craft; 2) clothing and cold-water survival; 3) man-overboard and exiting the water; and 4) life jacket and sizing. The life jacket station will be in partnership with the manufacturers and will focus on inflatables. There will be discussion on the latest advancements and performance of life jackets. We will be using them in the pool.  These are ideas and information you will be able to take back and implement in your boating safety program.

Shuttle Schedule
- 8:05 a.m. Shuttle leaves promptly from front entrance of Hilton Downtown/Lexington
- 8:15 a.m. Shuttle arrives at Transylvania University
- 8:30 a.m. Indoor pool session begins


Shuttle will return to the hotel throughout the session, if needed. You are encouraged to stay the entire session until 11:30 a.m.
- 9:00 a.m.
- 10:15 a.m.
- 11:30 a.m.


Shuttle will go to Transylvania University Pool for those who are interested in attending part of the morning indoor pool session at the following times. Please meet at the front entrance. Shuttle will leave promptly at time scheduled.
- 8:05 a.m.
- 9:15 a.m.
- 10:30 a.m.


Shuttle Times are Subject to Local Traffic Congestion

Indoor Poolside Session: Hands on Activities You Can Customize From “Kids Don’t Float"
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Indoor Poolside Session: Hands on Activities You Can Customize From “Kids Don’t Float"

Indoor Poolside Session: Hands on Activities You Can Customize From “Kids Don’t Float"

Kelli Toth, Alaska Office of Boating Safety; Stacey Brown, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Please wear your swim gear under your clothes so you are ready to begin the session when you arrive. Don't forget a towel!

Transportation will be provided to the pool. The shuttle will depart from the Hilton Lexington/Downtown at 1:35 p.m. and 3:40 p.m. The shuttle will make trips back and forth from the pool to the hotel so you may attend all or part of the session. The last shuttle from the pool will leave at 5:00 p.m. Full shuttle schedule is below.

Alaska's award-winning "Kids Don't Float” program is a model for educators and injury prevention specialists throughout the United States. Join us at the Transylvania University pool with the various stations on 1) capsizing and falls overboard using SUPs and other craft; 2) clothing and cold-water survival; 3) man-overboard and exiting the water; and 4) life jacket and sizing. The life jacket station will be in partnership with the manufacturers and will focus on inflatables. There will be discussion on the latest advancements and performance of life jackets. We will be using them in the pool.  These are ideas and information you will be able to take back and implement in your boating safety program.

Shuttle Schedule
- 1:35 p.m. Shuttle leaves promptly from front entrance of Hilton Downtown/Lexington
- 1:45 p.m. Shuttle arrives at Transylvania University
- 8:30 a.m. Indoor pool session begins - 2:00 p.m. Indoor pool session begins

Shuttle will return to the hotel throughout the session if needed. You are encouraged to stay the entire session until 5:00 p.m.
- 2:30 p.m.
- 3:30 p.m.
- 5:00 p.m.


Shuttle will go to Transylvania University Pool for those who are interested in attending part of all of the morning indoor pool session at the following times. Please meant at the front entrance. Shuttle will leave promptly at time scheduled.
- 1:35 p.m.
- 3:40 p.m.
- 10:30 a.m.


Shuttle Times are Subject to Local Traffic Congestion

BLUEGRASS ROOM
BLUEGRASS ROOM
How Students Taught Me to Teach

Shawn Alladio, K38: How Students Taught Me to Teach

When I first became interested in boating safety knowledge for Personal Water Craft there were no leaders or gurus in the field. There were racers and course marshals, and I knew many of them. In 1989, I embarked on working with safety clinics that turned into professional courses. Since there were no 'go to people,' I listened, I observed, and I questioned constantly in my thoughts and actions what was appropriate. I listened to professionals, even though my gut instinct told me they were wrong. Since they were lifeguards or firemen, I thought my knowledge base was inferior. Boy was I wrong. I was sent to a state boating education course. It was 40 hours. It was a near miserable experience, mainly because the instructors were so disconnected with the students we couldn't focus on the material for which we all hungered. Most were there to just get the certificate and run. Then in 1996, I went to an IBWSS Summit and there I met the Wizard of Boater Education, Mr. Virgil Chambers. I saw how a connected instructor changes the world and wakes up the sleeping student. I started over. I closely watched that to which students responded. I added what they needed to know. I balanced fair play between the two and adjusted to the personalities of each training group. Essentially, they taught me how to teach. I told them what they needed to know, I shared with them my experiences, and I focused on the foundational safety and skillsets that matter. This is not my journey or my answer, it's a collective. Many contributed to this and now when somebody tells me “we have always done it that way,” I know without flinching there is a lot of work to do to inspire an instructor and give them the foothold they need. Why? We need to mature and change, this new generation is evolving, and teaching methods are like watching snails move. We must evolve to remain in the target audience who does not have the time, the patience, nor the need to suffer through archaic and ridiculous methods of training that waste their time and hold their productivity hostage. We will begin the session with a simple question that each will write down: What is your purpose? Whatever the purpose of an instructor, the result will be productive only if the audience doesn't drift or fall asleep.

A Peak into the Future: New Visions for the National Boating Education Standards

Harry Munns, Chair, National Boating Education Standards Panel: A Peak into the Future: New Visions for the National Boating Education Standards

Education has evolved, and we must evolve with it. Education trends indicate the importance of scenario-based training in situational awareness and other performance-based learning objectives. Experience of the Education Standards Panel (ESP) suggest development of core concepts, which can be built upon as different forms of recreational boats evolve, will provide improvements to the current system. This seminar session will communicate the ESP vision, why this is the direction being taken and generate feedback and buy-in from the attendees.

America's Boating Club Learning Centers

Scott McDonald, United States Power Squadrons: America's Boating Club Learning Centers

The United States Power Squadrons (USPS) Learning Center program, developed under a grant from the U. S. Coast Guard, establishes a network of non-profit training centers dedicated to teaching standards-based, on-water skills training. Leveraging our Hands-On Training: Basic Powerboat program, the Learning Centers will extend the USPS educational outreach and significantly increase the number of recreational boaters that receive on-water training. Teaching powerboat handling to the public on a large scale presents unique challenges. There are significant operational risks and economic issues that make it difficult to sustain such training programs. By drawing on the unique resources of USPS and leveraging relationships with our many partners, the USPS Learning Centers are seeking to break through these barriers to establish a self-sustaining program. As an added benefit, data collected by the program will provide feedback from the public and insight into strategies for the improvement of boater behavior.

The National Whitewater Inventory

Kevin Colburn, American Whitewater: The National Whitewater Inventory

One of the most important components of river safety is information that helps people make good decisions. American Whitewater’s National Whitewater Inventory has been collecting and sharing crowd-sourced river information for roughly two decades and is currently being redesigned. The Inventory contains flow information, rapid descriptions, alerts, accident reports, photos, and other information that helps the public make smart decisions about where and when to paddle. In this session, we'll share how we are working to enhance the quality, mobility, and use of this online resource that features over 5,000 river reaches and is utilized by almost 1 million people annually.

Work that Waterfront: Programming to Help Enhance Your Watersport Programs

Stu Gilfillen, US Sailing, and Chris Stec, ACA: Work that Waterfront: Programming to Help Enhance Your Watersport Programs

US Sailing and the American Canoe Association have a combined network of 75,000 members and 2,000 organizations that they work with across the U.S. Learn about what programs they've seen be the most successful in different environments. They'll also identify a few select (and successful) programs that can serve as templates for how they've developed their waterfronts and leveraged key partnerships.

Findings from National Life Jacket Observation Study

Dr. Tom Mangione, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.: Findings from National Life Jacket Observation Study

The presentation has two key foci. One is to provide the latest update in life jacket wear trends (through 2017) for gender and age groups as well as for specific boat types. The second focus is to present findings on how a boater’s life jacket wearing behavior changes in the presence of multiple risks for each specific boat type.

Life Jacket Loan Programs: Keys to Success

Derek Van Dyke, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Boating Programs: Life Jacket Loan Programs - Keys to Success

Life jacket loan programs are a core component of many boating and water safety programs across the United States. Washington State started the first program in 1993, and now has over 175 loaner boards in boating and swimming areas across the state. The goal of this session is to share best practices in developing and running a life jacket loaner board. Areas of focus include: signage, advertising, educational information, life jacket availability and inspection, loaner board construction, location, distribution of life jackets and examples of successful partnerships. Attendees will learn about what users want and how to have a program that meets user needs.

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TRIPLE CROWN ROOM
Working Together on Designated Skipper and Life Jacket Loaner Stations in Your Local Area

Michael Wesolowski, Sea Tow Foundation: Working Together on Designated Skipper and Life Jacket Loaner Stations in Your Local Area

Hosting Designated Skipper and Life Jacket Loaner Programs in Your Area- is a panel led discussion overview with examples about hosting Designated Skipper and Life Jacket Loaner programs to address deaths and injuries attributed alcohol and drowning. Panelists will answer questions about operating, promoting these programs, the need for these programs in the Lexington, Kentucky area, and discuss best practices as they relate to "Initiative 1: Improve and expand recreational boating education, training, and outreach" of the National Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Program 2017-2021 Strategic Plan.

Knowledge is Power - NASBLA and Knowledge Management

Ron Sarver, NASBLA: Knowledge is Power - NASBLA and Knowledge Management

NASBLA is made up of many members who play many different roles in promoting safe boating throughout the nation. NASBLA committees and member organizations create great content and possess boating safety knowledge that sometimes gets lost in Basecamp or not shared at all. Often, member organizations spend time and money creating content that has already been created and pondering questions that have already been answered. One of the most valuable tools that can be provided by NASBLA is a forum for sharing content and knowledge throughout its membership. We have the tools to do this! The purpose of this session is to show-off these tools, demonstrate how to use them, and provide guidelines and best practices for participating in knowledge management.

Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Program

Joe Gatfield, Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons: Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Program

The Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons "Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Program" is a perfect example of a partnership with government and private industry to reach out to the public with boating safety awareness and environment protection all encompassed within one activity. Attendees will learn how the cooperation of volunteers, government, industry and marine chandleries can make a significant difference in boater's equipment choices and enhancement of the environment through proper disposition of pyrotechnics.

Introducing the X Effect: How Understanding The "X" In Water Safety Could Save Thousands of Lives

Dana Gage, The LV Project: Introducing the X Effect: How Understanding The "X" In Water Safety Could Save Thousands of Lives

Younger kids are at greatest risk of drowning in pools.

Older kids are at greatest risk of drowning in natural water.

This was a fact that Dana Gage was unaware of before losing her 15-year-old son, Connor, at a lake birthday party. Connor was an excellent swimmer, a lifelong lake kid and a gifted athlete, yet he died in the water. Connor's death was 100% preventable. The intersection between pool safety and lake safety is costing our country thousands of lives each year, leaving countless broken hearts, like Dana's, behind. How can we better educate the public that water safety doesn't end when a child knows how to swim? As a mother, marketer and former business executive, Dana Gage, founder of The LV Project, introduces the concept of "The X Effect", a data-driven approach to understanding the deadly education gap that exists between pool safety and open water safety. X = LiVes saved.

Water Sports Foundation Outreach Grants Annual Report

Jim Emmons, Water Sports Foundation: Water Sports Foundation Outreach Grants Annual Report

The Water Sports Foundation (WSF) outreach projects target Americans who are boaters by using boating related media providers to reach only boaters. The campaign delivers safety messages in a variety of formats covering subjects such as life jacket wear and boating under the influence. Annually, WSF produces a survey to measure the attitudes and behaviors of the boating audience. In recent years, trends have developed that show more and more American boaters are practicing safer boating. This presentation will share details of how the outreach program has worked along with its results.

Rebranded Safe Boating Campaign and New Targeting Teens Initiative

Peg Phillips and Yvonne Pentz, NSBC: Rebranded Safe Boating Campaign and New Targeting Teens Initiative

The National Safe Boating Council continues its year-round Safe Boating Campaign to address the National Recreational Boating Safety Program's priority to reduce the number of accidents, injuries, and deaths on America's waterways and provide a safe, enjoyable experience for the boating public. 2018 is an exciting year for the Safe Boating Campaign as the brand has been refreshed, including a new logo, website and other supportive materials. NSBC's Executive Director Peg Phillips and Communications Director Yvonne Pentz will unveil the new brand, share resources and answer questions on how others may support this important boating safety initiative. The session will be fun and informative, providing attendees with a thorough understanding of the campaign. Also, the NSBC has received a new grant to develop a Targeting Teens initiative. Planning is currently underway, and Ms. Phillips will share an update with session attendees. The goal is to provide attendees an opportunity to become involved with this important initiative to reach a growing segment of young boaters.

Exploring Alternative Methods of Socially and Industrially Collecting Recreational Boating Data

Dr. Ernie Marshburn, East Carolina University, and Chris Stec, ACA: Exploring Alternative Methods of Socially and Industrially Collecting Recreational Boating Data

A consortium led by East Carolina University, the National Safe Boating Council, and the American Canoe Association were awarded two 2017 grants to explore alternative methods for capturing useful recreational boating data, especially with respect to small, typically unregistered, boats. The broader goal of these projects is to reduce recreational boating accidents and fatalities by directly addressing boating behavior and practice data gaps.

The attendee will leave the session with a greater understanding of new and innovative methods to gather data and opportunities to utilize key points from the presentation to implement similar methodology in their own boating and water safety programs.

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GRAND KENTUCKY - SALON A & B
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MC Announcements

MC Announcements

Canadian Safe Boating Council Update

John Gullick, Canadian Safe Boating Council: Canadian Safe Boating Council Update

An overview of the Canadian Safe Boating Council’s (CSBC) activities for 2017 will be provided with particular attention to our Safety First Marine project to educate marine service providers and retailers and the CSBC’s work in the far North with indigenous communities.

Boat Live 365 2.0

Robert Baldridge, U.S. Power Squadrons: Boat Live 365 (2.0)

The overall goal of the Boat Live 365 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. Boat Live 365 2.0 (BL 365 2.0) is a continuation of the program development and will include a website for easy content access. During Boat Live 365 1.0, the United States Power Squadrons developed content, promotional resources and playbooks for the campaign. The material was tested by select squadrons. Public and squadron feedback was used to improve the program. BL365 2.0 continues with development and adds a user-friendly website to assist organizations to create a year-round safe boating culture. Project Manager, Robert Baldridge, will provide updates on the campaign, solicit advice from stakeholders, and provide access to content.

Outreach and Education through Public Television

Jerry Desmond and Gwendolynn Flynn, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection: Outreach Through Public Television

The focus of the presentation will be to inform other boating professionals from various agencies and organizations on how they can utilize the public television networks to educate the boating public on a regular basis and include numerous boating safety topics.

Hispanic Boating Manual for Youth

Louis Ojeda, U.S. Power Squadrons: Hispanic Boating Manuals for Youth

Hispanic Youths and how to reach them is more and more relevant in today’s environment. There are 54 million Hispanics in the US making up 17% of the population. In 2014 of the population under 5 years of age, 50% was white and 50% was multicultural. Hispanics are very family oriented and kids are central to the family unit. Only 21% of Hispanic kids scored at 4th grade reading level or better making a Youth boating manual critical in reaching them. Determining the proper wording and being able to test the finished product became a challenge since there aren’t many language calculators available for Spanish. We will discuss the Fernandez-Huertas calculator. Having a good product was the easy part…how to get it out there and how to market and spread the word is harder. We will discuss which dialect to use and what marketing effort works best. We will also discuss the Social Media preferred by Hispanic Youths as well as some findings from the Pew Research Center.

Drowning: A Hard Look at the Facts and Planning for the Future

Dr. Adam Katchmarchi, National Drowning Prevention Alliance: Drowning – A Hard Look at the Facts

We all love the water. Unfortunately, drowning and aquatic injury numbers remain largely unchanged in recent years in the U.S. and across the globe. We can all work together for safer water, but we must know what we are up against. This session will cover the scope of the drowning problem within the United States, current research related to water safety and drowning prevention, and how we can all work together to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries in all bodies of water. Join Dr. Adam Katchmarchi for an in-depth look at the problem we are facing, the successes we can celebrate, and the hard work we all need to do to make all bodies of water safer.

What Does the Future of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Mean for You?

What Does the Future of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Mean for You?

Chris Stec, ACA|Canoe-Kayak-SUP-Raft-Rescue; Jim Emmons, Water Sports Industry Association; MariAnn McKenzie, Oregon State Marine Board; Kristin Thomas, Stand Up Paddle Industry Association; Nathan Depenbrock, Canoe Kentucky

Join a diverse panel of Stand UP Paddleboarding (SUP) experts, moderated by ACA Chief Operating Officer Chris Stec, who is also a Level 3: Whitewater SUP Instructor Trainer Educator, to glean insights on where SUP is heading in the next two to three years and how that might affect your program. After a brief presentation on the latest SUP participation and fatality data, we’ll dive right in to the discussion. A sample of the questions that will be debated:

Leash vs. lifejacket. Will foil boarding become mainstream, or will it remain for elite athletes only? Are SUPs required to be registered…should they be? How can local liveries and outfitters and rentals increase their safety messaging to the general public?

We’re the last presentation before the Awards Luncheon and Closing Ceremony, so join us to learn more about a fast-growing segment of the recreational boating community.

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