At #IBWSS19 we explored “The Future of Recreational Boating!” Attendees learned valuable insights and tools to take back to their organization and implement in local communities.

Please download the 2019 program, browse the interactive schedule, or download the app!

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INTERACTIVE SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MARCH 22

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

New State Boating Education Coordinator Orientation
Location | Jacksonville

SATURDAY, MARCH 23

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

NASBLA Education Committee Meeting
Location | FLORIDA AB

National Safe Boating Council Board Meeting
Location | PENSACOLA

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Boating Education Advisory Panel (B.E.A.P.)
Location | TAMPA

SUNDAY, MARCH 24

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

National Safe Boating Council Board Meeting
Location | PENSACOLA

8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

NASBLA Education Committee Meeting
Location | FLORIDA C

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Expo Set-Up
Location | FLORIDA AB

Set-up for IBWSS exhibitors in Florida Salon A and B. Welcome exhibitors!

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Registration
Location | PRE-FUNCTION

Stop by and say hello, pick up your name badge and registration bag. Welcome to #IBWSS19!

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

National Safe Boating Council General Membership Meeting
Location | OMNI BALLROOM

This meeting is open to all members of the National Safe Boating Council, and those interested in learning more about the organization.

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM

Non-Profit Grant Recipients Roundtable Discussion
Location | PENSACOLA

For Federal Non-Profit Grant Recipients Opportunity for federal non-profit grant recipients to share about their grant programs, look for opportunities to further partner with other non-profit grant recipients, and ask U.S. Coast Guard representatives questions.

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Opening Ceremony
Location | FLORIDA CD

Join us for the #IBWSS19 Opening Ceremony, including remarks from the U.S. Coast Guard, Japan Coast Guard, and other dignitaries.

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Opening Reception | Scavenger Hunt Begins
Location | FLORIDA AB

Kick-off the 2019 IBWSS with fellow attendees and exhibitors at the Opening Reception! Be sure to pick up information about the scavenger hunt from the registration desk. Chance to win great prizes!

8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

#IBWSS19 Networking Room
Location | TAMPA

Sit back, relax and enjoy an evening with the #IBWSS19 crew!

MONDAY, MARCH 25

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors | Scavenger Hunt
Location | FLORIDA AB

Continental breakfast included with your IBWSS registration. Take advantage of the opportunity to find out a few more answers for the Scavenger Hunt!

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

IBWSS Expo | Scavenger Hunt
Location | FLORIDA AB

#IBWSS19 Expo open from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Start off your morning meeting the exhibitors with a continental breakfast from 7:00 am to 8:00 am. Be sure to stop by during the morning break from 10:00 am to 10:15 am, lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, and afternoon break from 3:15 pm to 3:30 pm.

7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Registration
Location | PRE-FUNCTION

Stop by and say hello, pick up your name badge and registration bag. Welcome to #IBWSS19!

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

#IBWSS19 Welcome
Location | FLORIDA CD

Welcome from #IBWSS19 emcee, Tommy Thompson, with helpful reminders for the day.

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM

Keynote Address | The Future of Recreational Boating
Location | FLORIDA CD

Thom Dammrich, President, National Marine Manufacturers Association, will explore The Future of Recreational Boating taking a deep look at future trends for the industry. He is a leader in collaborating across recreational boating, as well as the broader outdoor community, creating a united voice in both the legislative and economic arenas. The National Marine Manufacturers Association represents the nation’s recreational boat, engine & marine accessory manufacturers.

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

General Session | Special Announcement
Location | FLORIDA CD

Don’t miss this special announcement.

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Keynote Address | Social Influences on Boating Safety
Location | FLORIDA CD

Peter Mitchell, Chairman + Chief Creative Officer, Marketing for Change, will provide insights into how behavior-change marketing has been used to influence everything from smoking to retirement plan deductions. How might it be used to help shape the future of recreational boating, specifically life jacket wear and boater education? Marketing for Change is one of the nation’s leading providers of behavior-change marketing, providing behavior-change interventions for the CDC, Safe Kids Worldwide, World Health Organization and more.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Break | Scavenger Hunt
Location | FLORIDA AB

Take advantage of the break to find out a few more answers for the Scavenger Hunt!

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

General Session | BUI Enforcement: Present and Future
Location | FLORIDA CD

Major Richard Moore, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Retired, will share insights about BUI enforcement.

11:00 AM – 11:55 AM

General Session | National Boating Education Standards
Location | FLORIDA CD

This session will explore the proposed core-plus outcome-based format for the American National Standards for Boating Knowledge. These standards are used as the foundation for NASBLA course approval, resulting in approximately 500,000 course certificates awarded annually. The core-plus format begins with common information shared by all boating disciplines, with additional information provided for power boating, sailing, and human-propelled activity. The outcome based re-design brings additional alignment between the knowledge and on-water skill standards. This work is being conducted by the National Boating Education Standards Panel. This presentation will share the latest drafts which have been prepared for public review and comment via the process for development of American National Standards.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch with Exhibitors | Sponsored by Kalkomey
Location | FLORIDA AB

Thank you to Kalkomey! Lunch is included in your registration fee. Great opportunity to find out a few more answers for the Scavenger Hunt!

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Behavior Change Marketing Workshop
Location | FLORIDA CD

Use this workshop to get guidance on your own behavior-change work, whether it’s promoting a safe boating behavior, changing your office culture or just getting your kids to put down the smartphone during dinner. Peter Mitchell will share the process Marketing for Change uses with nonprofits, foundations, insurers, governments and advocacy groups around the globe to influence behavior, then take workshop participants step-by-step through the process to analyze and develop potential interventions of their own. Bring your own challenges and your coffee to the workshop which will include both small group work and individual brainstorming.

CRBP Study Session: Domains 2 and 3
Location | OMNI BALLROOM

John Malatak, CRBP Program Manager, NASBLA | The Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) certification is a voluntary credential for recreational boating professionals being developed by NASBLA. The credential is broad-based and addresses boating professionals’ knowledge, performance and career achievements in the identified program domains. Join this CRPB Study Session to take a deep dive into Domain 2: Boating Law Administration and Domain 3: Boating Laws and Compliance.

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Break | Scavenger Hunt
Location | FLORIDA AB

Take advantage of the break to find out a few more answers for the Scavenger Hunt!

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

R3 and Recreational Boating
Location | OMNI BALLROOM

Stephanie Hussey, State R3 Program Director, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation | Tim Spice, Boating Safety Manager, Texas Parks and Wildlife |

R3 and Recreational Boating will explore recruitment, retention and reactivation of participants in recreational boating. R3 stands for recruitment, retention, and reactivation and R3 activities seek to create new participants or increase participation rates of current or lapsed outdoor recreationists. The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and state natural resource agencies throughout the country are working to develop and implement effective angler and boater R3 efforts. National guidelines, recommendations and resources have been developed to assist state agencies in their R3 plan development and implementation. Join us to hear about R3 efforts nationally, state agency success stories and resources you can leverage in your state to grow recreational boating participation.

Waves of Hope: Tips for First Responders from Families of Water Tragedies
Location | FLORIDA D

At a time when families most need it, the ability to connect with accurate information and compassionate guidance is critical. Effective on-scene interaction can be the difference maker in reducing post-traumatic stress triggers and pointing survivors in a direction of recovery after the most devastating of personal tragedies. The goal of this session is to provide an inside look and guidance from the families who are traveling the road of grief after losing someone they love to the water, along with perspectives from first responders.

Adaptive Recreational Boating Programs
Location | PENSACOLA

Joe Moore, Executive Director, Adaptive Expeditions, will share insights about adaptive recreational boating programs. Joe will explore factors that affect boating safety, performance, and comfort for people with physical, sensory, and other types of disabilities. Topics will include: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) facility access and program compliance, Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) for safe participation in boating programs, effects of disability on the use of standard protective equipment such as life jackets, and managing risk.

4:20 PM – 5:05 PM

Engaging Public Officials in Water Safety
Location | OMNI BALLROOM

Liz Schmidt, Director of Community Water Safety, YMCA South Palm Beach County | Engaging in our local, state and national government and political leaders is imperative for boating safety and the enforcement of water safety practices. Using the National Recreational Boating Safety Program Strategic Plan 2017-2021 Performance Initiatives as a backbone along with best practices and lessons learned, attendees will gain knowledge on how to use opportunities like summer advocacy, advocacy campaigns, Capitol Days, roundtable, site visits, local meetings and discussions to engage and invite your public officials to learn about your boating safety efforts in your local community or State.

Automated Reporting and Boater Trends
Location | FLORIDA D

Captain Joe Frohnhoefer III, CEO, Sea Tow, will share insights about automated reporting and boater trends. More coming soon.

Inflatable Life Jacket Repacking Training
Location | PENSACOLA

Absolute Outdoor, The Coleman Company, and Mustang Survival will be hosting two inflatable life jacket repacking training sessions so attendees can receive instruction on how to repack different styles of inflatable life jackets. This provides an excellent opportunity to become familiar with and knowledgeable about multiple styles and types of inflatable life jackets. This session is offered twice (Monday, March 25 at 4:20 PM and Tuesday, March 26 at 4:20 PM).

5:15 PM – 7:30 PM

Tour of Mustang Survival | Sponsored by Mustang Survival
Location | MEET IN HOTEL LOBBY

Meet in the hotel lobby. Bus will depart at 5:15 p.m. Please note, due to restrictions, only U.S. citizens may attend the tour and the tour is limited to 48 attendees. Please bring a driver’s license and/or a U.S. Passport for admittance. You MUST have your conference name badge that you received at registration to be admitted onto the shuttle and into the facility. Must wear closed-toe shoes. No cell phones allowed in facility.

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Group Dinners | Sign up in advance at registration
Location | MEET IN HOTEL LOBBY

Stop by the registration table when you pickup your name badge to sign-up for small group dinners. Great opportunity to network with leaders in recreational boating and water safety in a small group setting. Each person is responsible to pay for their own meal. Various locations within walking distance from the Omni Jacksonville Hotel.

8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

#IBWSS19 Networking Room
Location | TAMPA

Sit back, relax and enjoy an evening with the #IBWSS19 crew!

TUESDAY, MARCH 26

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors | Scavenger Hunt
Location | FLORIDA AB

Continental breakfast included with your IBWSS registration. Take advantage of the opportunity to find out a few more answers for the Scavenger Hunt!

7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Registration
Location | PRE-FUNCTION

Stop by and say hello, pick up your name badge and registration bag. Welcome to #IBWSS19!

7:00 AM – 1:30 PM

IBWSS Expo | Scavenger Hunt
Location | FLORIDA AB

#IBWSS19 Expo open from 7:00 am to 1:30 pm. Start off your morning meeting the exhibitors with a continental breakfast from 7:00 am to 8:00 am. Be sure to stop by during the morning break from 10:00 am to 10:15 am, and lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm.

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

#IBWSS19 Welcome
Location | FLORIDA CD

Welcome from #IBWSS19 emcee, Tommy Thompson, with helpful reminders for the day.

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM

General Session | Next Generation of Boating and Water Safety Gear
Location | FLORIDA CD

Various representatives of the latest in boating and water safety gear and more in a lively discussion led by ABYC’s John Adey. Brian Goodwin with ABYC will share about automated vessels. Drew Fleming with Weems & Plath will share the latest developments in visual distress signals and equipment. Randy Parten with The Dream Boat Company will share about successful man overboard recovery and latest devices.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

General Session | Multi-Use Waterways Conflict Management Roundtable
Location | FLORIDA CD

There are many communication challenges that arise with multiple use waterways. Pam Dillon (NASBLA) will moderate a panel discussion with representatives from law enforcement, recreational boating, towing and more.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Break | Scavenger Hunt
Location | FLORIDA AB

Take advantage of the break to find out a few more answers for the Scavenger Hunt!

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Changing Life Jacket Wear Behavior Through Enforcement and Education
Location | PENSACOLA

A deep look at what happened and where they are today at life jacket mandatory wear lakes managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. This session is led by Pam Doty and Rachel Garren.

BUI Simulation Education
Location | OMNI BALLROOM

This lively session will lead attendees through mock BUI enforcement from the perspective of the marine law enforcement officer and the boater.This session is led by Chris Castelli.

Paddling Lingo: Why Can’t We All Get Along
Location | Florida D

What is an on-water speed bump? Who has the right of way, anyway? Join Michael Hammond and Tommy Thompson to discuss paddlers’ lingo and how the paddling community interfaces with the motor-boating community. This facilitated conversation will give participants an opportunity to identify and discuss what potential areas of conflict may exist as we all learn to share the waterways responsibly and respectfully. Be prepared for a light-hearted look at how we can learn what others see and can expect through discussion and games.

11:05 AM – 11:55 AM

Drowning Prevention: Lessons and Successes from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance
Location | FLORIDA C

Drowning is a complex problem that doesn’t have an easy solution. A single approach, program, and organization will not solve the U.S. drowning problem alone. This presentation will include a review of selected topics by Dr. Adam Katchmarchi of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance over the past decade including research based initiatives, programming advancements, and new approaches to drowning prevention and water safety. The discussion will also include important lessons learned along the way and how drowning prevention leaders have changed their approach. Every one of us has a vested interest in safer water and we must come together to face this national problem and global epidemic.

National Recreational Boating Safety Surveys
Location | OMNI BALLROOM

RTI International and Michigan State University were retained by the USCG to conduct the National Recreational Boating Safety Surveys (the NRBSS Exposure Survey and the NRBSS Participation Survey). This study will provide access to data and results of analyses designed to enhance both the effectiveness and efficiency of safety efforts conducted by the USCG’s National Recreational Boating Safety Program, state and other federal agencies, non-profit organizations and the boating industry. The presentation will provide a description of the methodological protocols including survey instruments, sampling design and the identification and mediation of possible biases that were designed and employed to produce representative and reliable data required to estimate boating participation and boating exposure. The session will also clarify why, and how the survey instruments employed in the 2011/12 National Recreational Boating Survey were re-designed to provide better representation and estimates of boating participation, boat ownership, the number and types of unregistered boats owned as well as boat and person exposure days and hours. Details regarding the items asked on both surveys, along with the purpose and history of the specific design elements of the surveys will be provided.

How Recreational Boating Impacts the Travel and Tourism Economy
Location | PENSACOLA

Gerry James, Executive Director, Explore Kentucky Initiative, will explore how recreational boating impacts the travel and tourism economy.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch with Exhibitors
Location | FLORIDA AB

Lunch is included in your registration fee. Great opportunity to find out a few more answers for the Scavenger Hunt!

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

IBWSS Expo Move-Out
Location | FLORIDA AB

Thank you to our 2019 exhibitors!

Attendees may choose On-Water or Classroom Sessions, or a combination of both, in the afternoon.

Shuttle Schedule for Pool Sessions: Shuttle departs from the hotel lobby promptly at 1:35 pm, 2:15 pm, 2:45 pm, 3:15 pm, and 3:45 pm; shuttle returns to hotel at 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:15 pm, and 4:45 pm.

Walk Schedule for BUI Simulation Observation: Meet in hotel lobby at 1:45 pm or 3:30 pm to walk to The Landings; session will begin 10-15 minutes from designated time

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

CLASSROOM BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Bridging the Gap from Closed Water to Open Water Safety
Location | OMNI BALLROOM

Join Alissa Magrum, Executive Director of Colin’s Hope and Board Member of the Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance, triathlete, water safety instructor and ambassador in an interactive discussion about the differences between closed (pools) and open water (lakes, oceans, rivers) swimming environments and the necessary education needed to ensure safer behaviors in open water. Participants will be asked to examine their own experiences and will develop action items to bring back to their own “community” in order to help close the gap from closed water to open water safety.

Future of Towed Sports
Location | Florida D

More coming soon. The speaker is Kevin Michael, Executive Director, Water Sports Industry Association.

Future of SUP
Location | PENSACOLA

What’s the Future of SUP? From intelligent design, new uses, and venues, Todd Bishop owner and designer of Bishop Boards will share insights into the future. Such as: how the average paddle boarder is becoming educated, how to bring new users to the sport/industry, and how the recreational boating safety community can support the growth.

ON-WATER SESSIONS

Two locations: The Landings and Winston Family YMCA

BUI Simulation Education at the Waterfront
Location | ST. JOHNS RIVER AT THE LANDINGS

Meet in the lobby and join others to walk to the The Landings waterfront at 1:45 pm (about a 5 minute walk).

This session will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. and be approximately 45-60 minutes long. It will be conducted in small groups – after your group is completed you may return to the hotel or pool to participate in other breakout sessions. You will be observing from land a simulated BUI enforcement boarding.

Inflatable Life Jacket Training at the Pool
Location | WINSTON FAMILY YMCA, 221 RIVERSIDE AVENUE, JACKSONVILLE

Meet in the lobby and catch the shuttle van which will leave promptly at 1:35 pm. The pool session will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Come on over to the pool – you don’t have to get all wet to sharpen your skills and build an impressive inflatable life jacket outreach effort.   We will have a variety of inflatable life jacket styles for show and tell.  Pick up talking points such as thorough inspection and how to wear an inflatable, it’s not as simple as it may seem. You can try the life jackets on land or in the water and we may even have a couple of tricks up our sleeves.

Water Weight Buoyancy Training at the Pool
Location | WINSTON FAMILY YMCA, 221 RIVERSIDE AVENUE, JACKSONVILLE

So how much do YOU weigh in the water? Do you sink? Do you float? Body type and size are not obvious indications of how much buoyancy is needed to keep a person afloat. Two 150 pound people on land may have different weights from one another in the water.  Explore these mysteries pool side using basic ‘measuring devices’ available everywhere! Join us!

The water buoyancy pool session will immediately follow the inflatable life jacket training beginning at 2:35 p.m. You are welcome to observe or participate by jumping in the pool (swimwear required for participants). Meet in the lobby and catch the shuttle van which will leave promptly at 2:15 pm.

2:35 PM – 3:15 PM

CLASSROOM BREAKOUT SESSIONS

How the Gig Economy Will Change Recreational Boating
Location | OMNI BALLROOM

The concept of creating an income from short-term tasks has been around for a long time. From Uber to Lyft many people moonlight for several hours a week for additional income. How will the gig economy economy impact recreational boating? The speaker is Zach Hatraf, Founder and CEO, Anchor.

International Perspective: Canadian Safe Boating Council
Location | Florida C

Learn about recreational boating safety efforts in Canada from Ted Rankine and Lawrence Jacobs.

New Life Jacket Labels
Location | PENSACOLA

Brian Rehwinkel, FWC, will share an update on the current status of new life jacket labeling. The update will include a brief history of the labeling effort, an update on when new labels in the market, and a reminder that – even with the new label – nothing changes as far as the need to read the label, look for the U.S. Coast Guard approval number, and confirm the basic intended use for that particular life jacket.

ON-WATER SESSIONS

Two locations: The Landings and Winston Family YMCA

BUI Simulation Education at the Waterfront
Location | ST. JOHNS RIVER AT THE LANDINGS

BUI Simulation Education session in process (began at 1:45 p.m.). Will conclude by 3:00 p.m. The next session meets in the hotel lobby at 3:30 p.m. to walk to the waterfront.

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Break | On Own
Location | YOUR CHOICE

ON-WATER SESSION

Shuttle Leaves at 3:15 p.m.

What the Heck is that Flotation Device?
Location | WINSTON FAMILY YMCA, 221 RIVERSIDE AVENUE, JACKSONVILLE

Meet in the lobby and catch the shuttle van which will leave promptly at 3:15 pm. The pool session will begin promptly at 3:30 pm.

Join Alissa Magrum, Executive Director of Colin’s Hope and Board Member of the Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance, triathlete, water safety instructor and ambassador – at the Winston Family YMCA for a pool session to put the latest buoyancy devices to test in the water. You’ll be able to test devices such as the Safer Swimmer, the Swim-It, the Tri-Aids Swim Safe Personal Floatation Device and the FloaterPaddle. Prepare to get in the water and have some fun (hint hint).  *Appropriate swimwear is required. 

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

CLASSROOM BREAKOUT SESSIONS

CRBP Study Session: Domain 1
Location | JACKSONVILLE

The Certified Recreational Boating Professional (CRBP) certification is a voluntary credential for recreational boating professionals being developed by NASBLA. The credential is broad-based and addresses boating professionals’ knowledge, performance and career achievements in the identified program domains. Join this CRPB Study Session to take a deep dive into Domain 1: Management, Leadership, Ethics and Character. This session is led by John Malatak, CRBP Director.

Impacting the Future of Boating and Water Safety Through Legislation
Location | OMNI BALLROOM

More coming soon. This session is led by Ar’Sheill Monsanto, Executive Director, Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance.

Synthesis Discussion
Location | PENSACOLA

Attendees will be broken into small groups to discuss key topics discussed during IBWSS general sessions, including: Future of Recreational Boating, Behavior Change Marketing, and Multi-Use Waterways Management. These will be group led discussions.

ON-WATER SESSIONS

Two locations: The Landings and Winston Family YMCA

Man Overboard Device Demo at the Pool
Location | WINSTON FAMILY YMCA, 221 RIVERSIDE AVENUE, JACKSONVILLE

Meet in the lobby and catch the shuttle van which will leave promptly at 3:45 pm. The pool session will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m.

Rescu Swim’r Type IV PFD Vectoring Device demo will demonstrate the simple but ingenious aquadynamics of the Rescu Swim’r that make a Rescu Swim’r-equipped ring-buoy travel beside a boat rather than detrimentally following the boat’s path. Randy Parten will show how to deploy the Rescu Swim’r, demonstrate its back-up auto-deploy feature, and show how to affect a rescue with it.

You are welcome to observe or participate by jumping in the pool. Swimwear required.

BUI Simulation Education at the Waterfront
Location | ST. JOHNS RIVER AT THE LANDINGS

Meet in the lobby and join others to walk to the The Landings waterfront at 3:30 pm (about a 5 minute walk).

This session will begin promptly at 3:45 p.m. It will be conducted in small groups – it will end approximately by 4:45 p.m. You will be observing from land a simulated BUI enforcement boarding.

4:20 PM – 5:05 PM

CLASSROOM BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Synthesis Discussion
Location | FLORIDA C

Attendees will be broken into small groups to discuss key topics discussed during IBWSS breakout sessions, including: Best Practices for First Responders, New Life Jacket Labels, and Recreational Boating Economy. These will be small group led discussions.

Best Practices for Federal Non-Profit Grants
Location | FLORIDA D

It’s important to understand the process and administrative requirements to properly apply and manage a federal grant to deliver a quality program. Learn about best practices for managing federal grants from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division, Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety. (Note: This session is also offered on Wednesday at 10:15 am.) This session is led by Cynthia Dudzinski.

Inflatable Life Jacket Repacking Training
Location | PENSACOLA

Absolute Outdoor, The Coleman Company, and Mustang Survival will be hosting two inflatable life jacket repacking training sessions so attendees can receive instruction on how to repack different styles of inflatable life jackets. This provides an excellent opportunity to become familiar with and knowledgeable about multiple styles and types of inflatable life jackets. This session is offered twice (Monday, March 25 at 4:20 PM and Tuesday, March 26 at 4:20 PM).

5:10 PM – 6:00 PM

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Agency Meeting
Location | FLORIDA C

All welcome! Learn more about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

#IBWSS19 Networking Room
Location | TAMPA

Sit back, relax and enjoy an evening with the #IBWSS19 crew!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast | On Own
Location | YOUR CHOICE

7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Registration
Location | PRE-FUNCTION

Stop by and say hello, ask questions, turn in your Scavenger Hunt clues.

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

#IBWSS19 Welcome
Location | FLORIDA CD

Welcome from #IBWSS19 emcee, Tommy Thompson, with helpful reminders for the day.

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM

General Session | How the Evolution of Learning Impacts Boaters
Location | FLORIDA CD

Engaging panel discussion moderated by Stacey Brown, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, with representatives from Kalkomey (Mary Winkler), Life Saving Victoria (Kate Simpson) and US Sailing (Stu Gilfillen). Insights about the impact of virtual reality and e-learning on how boaters learn.

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

General Session | Leadership Skills for Boating Safety
Location | FLORIDA CD

More coming soon. Moderated by Pam Dillon, NASBLA.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Break
Location | PRE-FUNCTION

Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea on us!

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Virtual Reality and Interactive Learning Stations
Location | JACKSONVILLE

Learning stations featuring virtual reality and e-learning products with representatives from Kalkomey (Mary Winkler), Life Saving Victoria (Kate Simpson) and US Sailing (Stu Gilfillen). This session is offered twice (Wednesday, March 27 at 10:15 AM and Wednesday, March 27 at 11:05 AM).

Youth and Boating
Location | OMNI BALLROOM

Representatives from Sea Scouts and the National Safe Boating Council will share about recruiting and retaining youth in recreational boating activities. Working together the recreational boating safety community can build a generation of safe boaters with teen programming.

Best Practices for Federal Non-Profit Grants
Location | PENSACOLA

It’s important to understand the process and administrative requirements to properly apply and manage a federal grant to deliver a quality program. Learn about best practices for managing federal grants from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division, Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety. (Note: This session is also offered on Tuesday at 1:45 pm.) This session is led by Cynthia Dudzinski.

11:05 AM – 11:55 AM

Virtual Reality and Interactive Learning Stations
Location | JACKSONVILLE

Learning stations featuring virtual reality and e-learning products with representatives from Kalkomey (Mary Winkler), Life Saving Victoria (Kate Simpson) and US Sailing (Stu Gilfillen). This session is offered twice (Wednesday, March 27 at 10:15 AM and Wednesday, March 27 at 11:05 AM).

Inflatable Life Jacket Relay Race
Location | OMNI BALLROOM

Are you an expert on inflatable life jackets? Test your knowledge at the Inflatable Life Jacket Relay Race! Gather your team of four and test your life jacket repacking skills! Register your team at Registration, or simply show up to the race. Each team will have to correctly repack four different styles of inflatable life jackets in a timed relay race. Each member of the team will take turns completing part of the relay race. After the task is complete, the team member will have to quickly tag the next team member to begin the next task. If a team member gets stuck completing their task or unsure of what to do, they may “ask a team mate” or shout “Mayday” help from an expert for a 10 second penalty. Race Director Liz Schmidt and official timers will oversee the race. The winning relay team will be recognized at the IBWSS Awards Luncheon.

Team members are encouraged to attend the Inflatable Life Jacket Repacking Training breakout session (same session offered on Monday at 4:20 p.m. and Tuesday at 4:20 p.m.) – you may also register your team at this session.

Developing a National Water Safety Plan in the U.S.
Location | PENSACOLA

In 2018, Water Safety USA, a roundtable of longstanding national nonprofit and governmental organizations with a strong record of providing drowning prevention and water safety programs in the U.S., undertook a process to develop a National Water Safety Action Plan. The process involves three stages: establishing the scope for the action plan and selecting a framework that supports development and implementation; establishing working groups to develop goals, objectives and actions; and convening a high-level expert panel to finalize the plan. These stages are supported by a communications/dissemination plan to ensure the development process, the multiple opportunities for input and the resulting action plan are widely disseminated to stakeholders across the U.S. This presentation will share the rationale behind the approach being taken for the U.S. plan, provide an update of the work to date and what is to come, including opportunities for input from the field. This session is led by Keith Christopher, a member of Water Safety USA.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Awards Luncheon and Closing Ceremony
Location | FLORIDA CD

Join us for the awards luncheon and closing remarks. Winners of the Media Campaign Contest will be announced. Must be present to win the IBWSS Scavenger Hunt.

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