2023 Program

*subject to change

#IBWSS23 will be held April 16-19, 2023. Keynotes will explore leadership, community outreach, and emerging trends. Breakouts will equip attendees with tips and resources to implement in their boating and water safety outreach efforts.

SATURDAY | April 15, 2023
PRE-CONFERENCE

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Rock Island 1 & 2

NASBLA Education & Paddlesports Committees
Members of the NASBLA Education & Paddlesports Committees will meet in person at IBWSS to discuss current charges. All welcome.

SUNDAY | April 16, 2023
PRE-CONFERENCE

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rock Island 1 & 2

NASBLA Education & Paddlesports Committees
Members of the NASBLA Education & Paddlesports Committees will meet in person at IBWSS to discuss current charges. All welcome.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Murray

Private Meeting
Waves of Hope families and coalition members only.

REGISTRATION

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Foyer

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

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Foyer

Complimentary Professional Headshots
Stop by the Foyer near Registration to get your complimentary photo taken by Ken Waldron, producer at the National Safe Boating Council. Images will be emailed 3-4 weeks following the conference.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Junction 1 & 2

New Attendee Networking
First and second time attendees are welcome to stop by and meet a Conference Mentor and learn more about how to make the most of your IBWSS experience.

OPENING EVENTS

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Ballroom

Welcome to the International Boating and Water Safety Summit
The 2023 opening ceremony of the International Boating and Water Safety Summit, including Presentation of Colors, 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.

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Foyer

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

Sponsor
America’s Boating Channel

MONDAY | April 17, 2023

Registration desk open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm in the Foyer

NETWORKING

7:00 AM – 8:25 AM
Atrium

Breakfast + Networking
Start the morning with a cup of coffee and great conversation with other attendees and sponsors.

KEYNOTES

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Ballroom

State of the Industry
Coming Soon

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Ballroom

Normalizing Boating Safety Through the Media
Coming Soon

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Ballroom

Emcee Remarks
Fun Q&A with #IBWSS23 Emcee John Trierweiler, public information officer, with the Arizona Game & Fish Department, along with sponsors.

Speakers
John Trierweiler
Coming Soon

NETWORKING

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Foyer

Networking Break
Enjoy a cup of coffee and network with other attendees and sponsors.

Sponsor
Sirius Signal

KEYNOTES

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Ballroom

IBWSS Communication Awards
Celebrate IBWSS Communication Award recipients, showcasing outstanding outreach efforts of organizations, agencies, and groups who advocate for boating and water safety. Categories: Community Impact, Digital, Giveaways, Research

Speaker
Yvonne Pentz

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Ballroom

America’s Boating Channel
America’s Boating Channel is the first full-time TV destination for all things boating. Whether viewers are new to boating and water sports or seasoned boat operators, they’ll find an appealing mix of boating related videos on America’s Boating Channel’s new smart TV offerings. America’s Boating Channel is the Premier Sponsor of the 2023 International Boating and Water Safety Summit.

11:15 AM – 11:50 AM
Ballroom

Waterways Management and Access
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. This session explores the vast diversity of expectations and desired outcomes facing water managers today.

Speaker
Pam Dillon

11:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Ballroom

Emcee Remarks
Fun Q&A with an IBWSS sponsor and guidance for lunch and afternoon breakout sessions.

Speakers
John Trierweiler
Coming Soon

LUNCH

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Atrium

Networking Lunch
Enjoy a provided lunch and network with sponsors and attendees.

Sponsor
Coming Soon

BREAKOUTS

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Rock Island 1 & 2

Virtual Delivery Methods for Classroom Courses
Coming Soon

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Rock Island 5 & 6

State of Recreational Boating in Tasmania
Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) is a semi-government organization and is responsible for all recreational boating issues in Tasmania including boating safety, infrastructure, swing moorings, and most importantly, boating education. mast.tas.gov.au

Speaker
Peter Hopkins

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Rock Island 1 & 2

How to Start a Paddling Course in Your State
As the popularity of paddlesports increases so does the need to educate paddlers on safety–how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe while on the water. But where do you start? We’d like to help you figure that out–a starting point at least. In this breakout session, we will discuss topics from how to host an outreach event targeting paddlers, presenting children’s programs, all the way to starting a hands-on paddlesports program of your own. Come on in, the water’s great!

Speaker
Kim Jackson

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Rock Island 5 & 6

Inflatable Life Jacket Training
Inflatable life jackets rely on CO2 cylinders that provide buoyancy when inflated vs. inherently buoyant life jackets that use foam or other buoyant materials to stay afloat. Receive hands-on inflatable life jacket maintenance training directly from life jacket manufacturers.

Presenters
Virgil Chambers
Lili Colby
Ryan Dilkey
Coming Soon

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Rock Island 1 & 2

Paddle Patrol Officer Training
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Law Enforcement Division is committed to safety by providing the necessary skills, abilities, and knowledge to prevent personal injuries and damage or loss of state property. In 2021, we implemented mandatory training for officers using paddlecraft for patrol purposes. The course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to patrol using a human powered vessel including paddle strokes and maneuvers, technical gear knowledge, environment, patrol considerations and rescues.

Speaker
Kim Sorensen

 

 

 

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Rock Island 5 & 6

Community Outreach Marketing 101
In this Marketing 101 breakout session, you will learn how to promote a community outreach event. We’ll cover tips on defining your audience and how to create messaging for that audience, as well as how to deliver that messaging to your community. If you want to take your community event to the next level, this session is for you!

Speaker
Lauren Weston

KEYNOTE

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Ballroom

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.

Speakers
NSBC Board of Directors
Peg Phillips

NETWORKING

5:15 PM – 6:45 PM
Atrium

Evening Networking
Enjoy light refreshments with attendees and sponsors.

Sponsor
National Safe Boating Council

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Ballroom

BEAP Committee
Members of the BEAP Committee will meet in person at IBWSS to discuss current charges. State education coordinators only.

Committee Chairs
Coming Soon

TUESDAY | April 18, 2023

Registration desk open from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Foyer

NETWORKING

7:00 AM – 8:25 AM
Atrium

Breakfast + Networking
Start the morning with a cup of coffee and great conversation with other attendees and sponsors.

KEYNOTES

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
Ballroom

How Technology Makes Boating Safer
Coming Soon

Speakers
Brian Goodwin
Drew Orvieto
Coming Soon

9:15 AM – 9:25 AM
Ballroom

Emcee Remarks
Fun Q&A with #IBWSS23 Emcee John Trierweiler, public information officer, with the Arizona Game & Fish Department, along with sponsors.

Speakers
John Trierweiler
Coming Soon

9:25 AM – 9:50 AM
Ballroom

To Be Announced
Coming Soon

Speaker
Coming Soon

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM
Ballroom

Emcee Remarks
Fun Q&A with #IBWSS23 Emcee John Trierweiler, public information officer, with the Arizona Game & Fish Department, along with sponsors.

Speakers
John Trierweiler
Coming Soon

NETWORKING

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Foyer

Networking Break
Enjoy a cup of coffee and network with other attendees and sponsors.

Sponsor
Coming Soon

KEYNOTES

10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Ballroom

Energizing Your Team’s Performance – Think Like an Improv Actor
Yes, And. Two words that form the foundation for performing good improvisational comedy. These same two words applied in the business world will sharpen teamwork and collaboration. Who knew? Using numerous stories and examples along with audience interaction exercises, this session teaches leaders how to create a team that practices open communication and energy accountability. Thinking “Yes, And” makes for great silo-busting, and builds a team culture that listens and celebrates diverse opinions and ideas. Laugh and learn and apply “Yes And” thinking to exceed your organizational goals.

11:20 AM – 11:30 AM
Ballroom

IBWSS Communication Awards
Celebrate IBWSS Communication Award recipients, showcasing outstanding outreach efforts of organizations, agencies, and groups who advocate for boating and water safety. Categories: Print, PSAs, Public Relations

Speaker
Yvonne Pentz

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Ballroom

Water Sports Industry Association
Water Sports Industry Association is the Silver Sponsor of the 2023 International Boating and Water Safety Summit.

Speaker
Coming Soon

LUNCH

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Atrium

Networking Lunch
Enjoy a provided lunch and network with sponsors and attendees.

Sponsor
Coming Soon

WORKSHOP

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
To Be Announced

Hands-On Boating and Water Safety Training
Join this hands-on learning session to explore boating and safety education. Attendees will rotate through stations and practice skills for inflatables, throw rings, and more. Additional information coming soon.
*Thank you for the support from Absolute Outdoors, Life Jacket Association, Mustang Survival, and Water Sports Industry Association.

Presenters
Virgil Chambers
Lili Colby
Ryan Dilkey
Coming Soon

NETWORKING

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Atrium

Evening Networking
Enjoy light refreshments with attendees and sponsors.

Sponsor
Coming Soon

WEDNESDAY | April 19, 2023

Registration desk open from 8:00 am – 9:15 am in the Foyer

NETWORKING

7:00 AM – 8:25 AM
Atrium

Breakfast + Networking
Start the morning with a cup of coffee and great conversation with other attendees and sponsors.

KEYNOTE

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Ballroom

Final Remarks
Thank you for attending the 2023 International Boating and Water Safety Summit! Gather together to learn instructions for the morning workshops and a sneak peak at the 2024 International Boating and Water Safety Summit.

Speakers
Yvonne Pentz
Peg Phillips
Coming Soon

BREAKOUTS

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM
Rock Island 1 & 2

Let An Improv Actor Fix Your Next Meeting – Part 1
Another &$*!@# meeting! If meetings are the bane of your existence, transform them to a boon instead. Learn from the wisdom of an improvisational actor through this interactive workshop. In this workshop, learn to create a meeting culture where everyone contributes effectively using strong communication skills AND learn to stimulate fun and effective brainstorming. Discover the secrets of being a strong spontaneous speaker. Go beyond having your team listen to simply respond and have them listen to understand. Overcome the obstacles of virtual and hybrid meetings. Let’s fix your next meeting! *Attendees may attend both back-to-back sessions, or only Part 1 and/or Part 2.

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM
Rock Island 5 & 6

Community Impact of Waves of Hope
Hear from Waves of Hope families how they are sharing about recreational boating and water safety in their local communities and saving lives. wavesofhopeboating.org

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
Rock Island 1 & 2

Let An Improv Actor Fix Your Next Meeting – Part 2
Another &$*!@# meeting! If meetings are the bane of your existence, transform them to a boon instead. Learn from the wisdom of an improvisational actor through this interactive workshop. In this workshop, learn to create a meeting culture where everyone contributes effectively using strong communication skills AND learn to stimulate fun and effective brainstorming. Discover the secrets of being a strong spontaneous speaker. Go beyond having your team listen to simply respond and have them listen to understand. Overcome the obstacles of virtual and hybrid meetings. Let’s fix your next meeting! *Attendees may attend both back-to-back sessions, or only Part 1 and/or Part 2.

 

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
Rock Island 5 & 6

Search & Rescue
Hear from Ryan Dilkey, the associate director of the waterfront program at Eckerd College Search and Rescue (EC-SAR) team. He oversees a community service program of full-time enrolled Eckerd students, who respond to over five hundred calls for maritime assistance each year. eckerd.edu/waterfront/ecsar/

Speaker
Ryan Dilkey

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Junction 1 & 2

Lesson Plans for Outreach Events & Schools
Coming Soon

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Rock Island 1 & 2

National Safe Boating Council On-Water Training
Coming Soon

Speaker
Peg Phillips
Coming Soon

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