2022 Program

*subject to change

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the International Boating and Water Safety Summit in Washington, D.C. from March 13-16, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Dulles. From engaging keynotes to interactive breakout sessions and from coffee chats to networking opportunities – share your passion for boating and water safety with others around the world at #IBWSS22.

Breakout Session Tracks:

  • Community Outreach
  • Emerging Trends
  • Leadership
  • Professional Development

SUNDAY | March 13, 2022

PRE-CONFERENCE
1:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Lobby

Registration

Pick up your name badge, registration packet, and ask questions at the registration table. Name badge required for IBWSS sessions.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Room

National Safe Boating Council General Membership Meeting

The National Safe Boating Council’s mission is to create a safe recreational boating experience for all boaters. Learn how the NSBC and its members are saving lives. All welcome.

OPENING EVENTS
4:30 PM – 5:45 PM EDT

Auditorium

Welcome to the International Boating and Water Safety Summit

Join us for the 25th anniversary celebration opening ceremony of the International Boating and Water Safety Summit, including Presentation of Colors by the Virginia Conservation Police, singing of the U.S. National Anthem, remarks from the U.S. Coast Guard and other dignitaries, NSBC Boating Safety Hall of Fame award presentation, and more.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

Reception

Opening Reception

Network with speakers and attendees in a reception. Visit with leaders in recreational boating and water safety at tabletop exhibits. Registration includes refreshments.

EVENING NETWORKING
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Room

Network + Learn
Sponsored by the BoatU.S. Foundation

Meet with speakers and attendees in a relaxed environment. Snacks provided.

MONDAY | March 14, 2022

Subject to change

Registration desk open from 7:15 am – 5:00 pm

MORNING NETWORKING
7:15 AM – 7:55 AM EDT

Room

Coffee + Conversation

Start the morning with a cup of coffee and great conversation with other attendees.

GENERAL SESSIONS
8:00 AM – 8:10 AM EDT

Auditorium

Morning Remarks from the IBWSS Host

Get ready for the day with a fun Q&A to start the morning with Stacey Brown, Boating Safety Program Manager with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

8:10 AM – 8:45 AM EDT

Auditorium

Creating Equitable Spaces
Dr. Miriam S. Lynch, EdD, Diversity In Aquatics | Dr. Tiffany Monique Quash, PhD, International Water Safety Foundation

This session is designed to co-create opportunities for boating and water safety professionals to problem solve, discuss their experiences, collectively process and critically think through diversity and equity challenges they have faced or are currently facing. Solutions will be developed and processed by using the collaborative learning strategy of think, pair and share technique. Participants will be introduced to organizational collaborations with Diversity In Aquatics and the International Water Safety Foundation. Participants will celebrate their victories, acknowledge their challenges and grasp their opportunities through this solution-based sessions by crafting a message for their entity.

8:45 AM – 9:50 AM EDT

Auditorium

Careers in the Marine Industry
U.S. Coast Guard | Eckerd College | Stephanie Vatalaro, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications, RBFF

Panel discussion with representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, university representatives, oceanographer, and more.

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM EDT

Auditorium

Mid-Morning Remarks from the IBWSS Host

Tips for the rest of the day and fun Q&A with an IBWSS sponsor.

MORNING BREAK
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT

Room

Coffee Break

Enjoy a cup of coffee and light snack.

GENERAL SESSIONS
10:30 AM – 10:35 AM EDT

Auditorium

Mid-Morning Remarks from the IBWSS Host

Fun Q&A with an IBWSS sponsor.

10:35 AM – 11:05 AM EDT

Auditorium

The New Analytics Capabilities for the Waterways
Mike McKiernan, Founder and CEO, Deckee

In this session, attendees will learn about opening up a new world of boating activity data that can mitigate risks and inform decisions. Deckee is the Analytics and Engagement Platform for the waterways, and the maker of the world’s leading boating safety app.

11:05 AM – 11:50 AM EDT

Auditorium

Candid Conversations on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion… “Are you ready to talk?”
Kevin Coleman, Empowerment Coach/Trainer/Speaker, KMC Empowerment

In this very interactive session, attendees will look at Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and apply what we learn to work together in a cohesive environment using proven communication and connection strategies. Attendees will participate in role-playing using real-life examples to recognize our own unconscious bias and how it impacts everyone. The examples will help us consider “How that situation made us feel?,” what you thought about while the situation was happening,” and what did you learn about yourself and others?.” We will talk about microaggression and macroaggression and their impact on the work environment. Everyone will gain best practices to remove misconceptions and stereotypes and engage in dialogue that will be the catalyst for change and acceptance in today’s environment.

11:50 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Auditorium

Afternoon Remarks from the IBWSS Host

Fun Q&A with an IBWSS sponsor and guidance for the breakout sessions after the lunch break.

LUNCH BREAK
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
Lunch On Own

Enjoy lunch at the hotel restaurant, Elements, or a local area restaurant. Reservations are highly recommended.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
COMMUNITY OUTREACH

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Drawn to Water: Things We Need to Know About Teaching Kids with Autism to Swim
Stacey Hoaglund, President, Autism Society of Florida

Kids with autism drown at a rate 160 times more than typically developing kids.They LOVE the water! In fact, they are DRAWN to it! This same group of kids are often wanderers who have little regard for safety, which often results in drownings. Attend this session to learn about specialized strategies in teaching kids with autism, how to engage with families, and how to market your program to this underserved community.

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
EMERGING TRENDS

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Latest in Marine Weather Forecasts
NOAA and National Weather Service

Coming soon.

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
LEADERSHIP

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Resilient Leadership in Boating and Water Safety
Kevin Coleman, Empowerment Coach/Trainer/Speaker, KMC Emplowerment

Attendees will revolutionize the process of becoming a resilient leader, through discussion of principles and insight, which people can use to refine their leadership skills no matter what profession they are working in. You will discover the true definition of leadership. Leadership is not management. Leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less. Live out resilient leadership today!

AFTERNOON BREAK
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM EDT

Room

Coffee Break

Enjoy a cup of coffee and light snack.

GENERAL SESSIONS
2:45 PM – 2:55 PM EDT

Auditorium

Afternoon Remarks from the IBWSS Host

Fun Q&A with an IBWSS sponsor.

2:55 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Auditorium

World Forum on Boating and Water Safety

Hear from world leaders about what’s happening in their country related to recreational boating and water activities. Encouraging behavior change, specific responses to the surge in boating, virtual education and training opportunities, and affirming safe boating behaviors and attitudes are just some of the engaging topics of this dynamic session.

EVENING NETWORKING
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Room

Network + Learn
Sponsored by the BoatU.S. Foundation

Meet with speakers and attendees in a relaxed environment. Snacks provided.

TUESDAY | March 15, 2022

Subject to change

Registration desk open from 7:15 am – 4:00 pm

MORNING NETWORKING
7:15 AM – 7:55 AM EDT

Room

Coffee + Conversation

Start the morning with a cup of coffee and great conversation with other attendees.

GENERAL SESSIONS
8:00 AM – 8:25 AM EDT

Auditorium

Invisible Danger: Open-Air Carbon Monoxide
Cassi Free and Krissy Taylor | Waves of Hope Coalition Members

Hear from two Waves of Hope families as they share their stories of tragically losing their sons to carbon monoxide poisoning while boating.

8:25 AM – 9:25 AM EDT

Auditorium

Carbon Monoxide Hidden Dangers
Panelists To Be Announced

According to Consumer Reports, carbon monoxide poisoning (COP) is responsible for almost 50,000 emergency-room visits and 1,200 deaths annually. COP is the number one cause of injuries, outpacing car crashes. A panel of representatives from different industries will share about risks and how we may work together to save lives.

9:25 AM – 9:50 AM EDT

Auditorium

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM EDT

Auditorium

Mid-Morning Remarks from the IBWSS Host

Tips for the rest of the day and fun Q&A with an IBWSS sponsor.

MORNING BREAK
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT

Room

Coffee Break

Enjoy a cup of coffee and light snack.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS
10:30 AM – 11:10 AM EDT
COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Room

Breakout To Be Announced
Hunter Bland, Professional Angler, Hunter Bland Fishing

Coming soon.

10:30 AM – 11:10 AM EDT
EMERGING TRENDS

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Shared Waterways
Pam Dillon, Project Specialist, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators | Risa Shimoda, Executive Director, River Management Society

What do we mean by “Shared Waterways” or “Waterways Management?” These terms have diverse definitions depending on the situation and user. Today’s Waterway Manager may not have that title on a business card. Instead, this role may be a local trustee, a state boating law administrator, a site manager for the federal government, or a regional watershed planning association. Waterway managers face pressure from a wide range of stakeholders, each sharing a unique perspective on how best to protect, utilize, or share the water resource. Options may range from expanding access to drive revenue and business interests to limiting access based on analysis of physical and social carrying capacities.This session explores the vast diversity of expectations and desired outcomes facing managers today, based on the Guide for Multiple Use Waterway Management (Third Edition).

10:30 AM – 11:10 AM EDT
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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Partnering with the Media – Part 1
John Trierweiler, Public Information Officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department

How to work with and address the media in times of calm or crisis. Join experienced television journalist John Trierweiler turned Public Information Officer for a valuable discussion of how you can succeed forming media partnerships. Dealing with the media can be frightening and intimidating. Whether it’s a positive story or breaking news, learn your role with the media and how it can benefit you and your organization. All while creating effective partnerships and addressing any fears you may have along the way.

11:20 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
COMMUNITY OUTREACH

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Saving Lives Using Media Psychology and National Partnerships
Dan Bertalan, Director, Into the Outdoors Network

In this session, Dan will reveal the secrets to reversing the typical RBS educational paradigm of “telling” audiences what to think, only to have 80% forget what they were told within 20 days… and often before they head for the water. This session will decode the science and psychology behind how to use video and television to engage audiences to think critically for themselves about boating safety combined with sophisticated production techniques that convert viewers into captivated stakeholders in understanding and actively using core principles in boating safety.

11:20 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
EMERGING TRENDS

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Reaching Boaters Through Online Education
Speakers To Be Announced

Coming soon.

11:10 AM – 12:15 PM EDT
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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Partnering with the Media – Part 2
John Trierweiler, Public Information Officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department

*Please note, this session is a continuation of Part 1 (you are welcome to stay or go to other session). This session concludes at 12:15 pm ET. Put what you’ve learned to the test! Time to go on camera. Join experienced television journalist John Trierweiler turned Public Information Officer for on-camera media training. News happens in an instant whether it’s a positive story about boating safety or a tragic event; Are you prepared and comfortable speaking to members of the media and going on camera? Get familiar speaking in front of the camera and experience what it’s like to be interviewed. Put what you learned in Part I of this workshop to the test. *Due to time not all course participants will be interviewed on camera, a slelect number of patipcutes will be chosen to be interviewed. 

LUNCH BREAK
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
Lunch On Own

Enjoy lunch at the hotel restaurant, Elements, or a local area restaurant. Reservations are highly recommended.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Room

Power Line Safety Initiative
Stan and Michelle Brannon, Founders, Power Line Safety Initiative

Coming soon.

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
EMERGING TRENDS

Room

Preventing Boating Under the Influence
Speaker To Be Announced, Athletic Brewing

Coming soon.

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
LEADERSHIP

Room

Best Practices for Whales, Boaters, and their Shared Marine Environment
Monica Pepe, Policy Manager, Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Coming soon.

AFTERNOON BREAK
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Coffee Break

Enjoy a cup of coffee and light snack.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM EDT
COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Room

Reaching At-Risk Communities
Speaker To Be Announced, American Red Cross

Coming soon.

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM EDT
EMERGING TRENDS

Room

Breakout Session with Deckee
Speaker To Be Announced, Deckee

Coming soon.

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM EDT
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Room

NASBLA Leadership Academy

Coming soon.

NETWORKING ON OWN
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Networking On Own
EXCURSION
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Excursion To Be Announced

Bus leaves from the hotel main entrance promptly at 5:10 p.m. EDT. More details to come.

EVENING NETWORKING
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Room

Network + Learn
Sponsored by the BoatU.S. Foundation

Meet with speakers and attendees in a relaxed environment. Snacks provided.

WEDNESDAY | March 16, 2022

Subject to change

Registration desk open from 7:15 am – 10:30 am

MORNING NETWORKING
7:15 AM – 7:55 AM EDT

Room

Coffee + Conversation

Start the morning with a cup of coffee and great conversation with other attendees.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM EDT
COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Room

Breakout Session To Be Announced
Gail Kulp, Executive Director, Sea Tow Foundation

As the recipient of 4 active grants from the Coast Guard, the Sea Tow Foundation will provide a brief update on each of them. The Life Jacket Loaner Program is starting it’s 14th season this summer and has over 930 life jacket loaner stations located in 47 states before the start of the 2022 summer boating season. The hope is to be able to have a loaner station in all 50 states by the end of the summer and details of the highly successful program will be shared. The Sober Skipper Campaign is starting it’s 7th season and aims to eliminate boating under the influence accidents and deaths by encouraging boaters to make the safe choice before heading out on the water. Results from research will be shared along with highlights of new work launching in the summer of 2022. The Flare Research Grant has been gathering data during the winter months and will have some details on how we can hope to dispose of marine flares easily and safely in the future. And the Electronic Visual Distress Signal Grant will be debuting materials during the summer of 2022 to educate and make boaters aware of non-pyrotechnic flares that meet carriage requirements and do not need to be disposed as they do not expire.

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM EDT
COMMUNITY OUTREACH

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Life Jackets Worn…Nobody Mourns Campaign
Rachel Garren, Special Programs Director, Corps Foundation

This award-winning campaign launched in 2016, is successfully reaching the goal of reducing water-related fatalities on our nation’s open waters (lakes, rivers, ponds, etc.) by encouraging more adults to wear life jackets. Since April 2018, the Life Jackets Worn…Nobody Mourns campaign has been promoted on social media at Please Wear It on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This campaign is promoted through a partnership between the nonprofit Corps of Engineers Natural Resources Education Foundation (The Corps Foundation) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the nation’s leading provider of water-based recreation. In this session, The Corps Foundation Special Programs Director Rachel Garren will update you on how you can help save lives on our nation’s waters, by using campaign educational materials, including video/audio public service announcements, artwork, print ads, blogs, and social media images, available for free at www.PleaseWearIt.com. This campaign has been supported through five Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust fund grants, administered by the USCG.

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM EDT
COMMUNITY OUTREACH

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America’s Boating Channel – Season 6
Marty Lafferty, Grant Project Manager, United States Power Squadrons’ America’s Boating Club

Preview America’s Boating Channel’s sixth season of boating safety and boater education videos focusing on fire extinguisher regulations, defensive boating, electronic charts and virtual ATONS, commercial traffic, trailering a boat, life jacket wear, boat operator responsibilities, navigating inlets, electronic visual distress signals, and capacity compliance. Learn about its new drone video project now being developed to help recreational boaters on their first sorties into high-traffic coastal inlets and waterway entrances. Find out how to integrate the video service’s more than one-hundred videos from its first five seasons at no charge in online and classroom educational offerings.

8:40 AM – 9:10 AM EDT
COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Room

Breakout Session To Be Announced
Speaker To Be Announced | Safe Kids Worldwide

Coming soon.

8:40 AM – 9:10 AM EDT
COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Room

Breakout Session To Be Announced
Jim Emmons, Executive Director, Water Sports Foundation

Coming soon.

8:40 AM – 9:10 AM EDT
COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Room

MORNING BREAK
9:10 AM – 9:40 AM EDT

Room

Coffee Break

Enjoy a cup of coffee and light snack.

GENERAL SESSIONS
9:40 AM – 9:50 AM EDT

Auditorium

Morning Remarks from the IBWSS Host

Fun Q&A with an IBWSS sponsor.

9:50 AM – 11:00 AM EDT

Auditorium

Technology in Boating and Water Safety

A diverse panel will share about the latest technology in boating and water safety.

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM EDT

Auditorium

Remarks from IBWSS Sponsor, Kalkomey

Coming soon.

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM EDT

Auditorium

Keynote To Be Announced
Outdoor Afro

Coming soon.

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Auditorium

Closing Remarks & IBWSS Scavenger Hunt Winners

Thank you for attending the 25th annual International Boating and Water Safety Summit. Brief closing remarks and recognition of the IBWSS Scavenger Hunt Winners (must be present to receive a prize).

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