2024 Program

*subject to change

#IBWSS24 will be held April 8-11, 2024. 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.

SUNDAY | April 7, 2024
PRE-CONFERENCE

8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Cochiti Lake

NSBC On-Water Powerboat Training
Limited space available for this pre-conference on-water powerboat training. This is an additional cost of $250/per person.

Whether you are new to powerboating or would like to increase your confidence in docking and maneuvering in close quarters, this course is for you. The National Safe Boating Council’s (NSBC) Boat Control On-Water Training Course Modules are designed to teach boat handling skills to recreational boaters or personnel hired to operate a vessel used in marine patrol. Taught by a NSBC Certified Instructor, the course will progress from safety gear and the pre-launch checklist to docking and refueling in close quarters; each maneuver is repeated advancing from idle speed to displacement mode, then planing mode. Learn more.

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Agave

Private Meeting
To Be Announced

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Atrium

Complimentary Refreshments
Networking for early arrivals in the Atrium

MONDAY | April 8, 2024
PRE-CONFERENCE

8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Cochiti Lake

NSBC On-Water Powerboat Training
Limited space available for this pre-conference on-water powerboat training. This is an additional cost of $250/per person.

Whether you are new to powerboating or would like to increase your confidence in docking and maneuvering in close quarters, this course is for you. The National Safe Boating Council’s (NSBC) Boat Control On-Water Training Course Modules are designed to teach boat handling skills to recreational boaters or personnel hired to operate a vessel used in marine patrol. Taught by a NSBC Certified Instructor, the course will progress from safety gear and the pre-launch checklist to docking and refueling in close quarters; each maneuver is repeated advancing from idle speed to displacement mode, then planing mode. Learn more.

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Agave

Private Meeting
To Be Announced

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 1-2 weeks following the conference.

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
Ocotillo I-II

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.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Ocotillo I-II

National Safe Boating Council General Membership Meeting
All are welcome! The NSBC board of directors and executive director will share updates on NSBC programs. There will be prizes!

OPENING EVENTS

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Ballroom

Welcome to the International Boating and Water Safety Summit
The 2024 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, additional awards, and more.

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Foyer

Evening Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Network with speakers and attendees at a reception sponsored by At the Helm Training. Visit with leaders in recreational boating and water safety at tabletop exhibits. Last chance to get your free professional headshot. Appetizers and other refreshments will be served.

Brought to You By
At the Helm Training

TUESDAY | April 9, 2024

Registration desk open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Foyer

NETWORKING

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Atrium

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

8:00 AM – 8:25 AM
Foyer

Exhibit Hall
Visit with the tabletop exhibitors before heading into the ballroom for general sessions.

KEYNOTES

8:30 AM – 9:05 AM
Ballroom

Fireside Chat: Social Media Influencers
Hear from two social media influencers as they share the ups and downs of their journey. Kim Sweers is owner and operator at FB Marine Group, a Boating Industry Top 100 dealer in South Florida. She is also host of the Boat Boss podcast, which interviews some of the top players in the business, sports, and entertainment worlds. With over 1 million followers on Instagram, Aaron Stasiak’s The Qualified Captain has captured an audience of young adult boaters. While The Qualified Captain is known for sharing videos of what not to do on the water, as lifelong boaters and anglers themselves, they take great pride in highlighting the lessons learned from each video they share on their platform along the way.

Speakers
Aaron Stasiak
Kim Sweers

Moderator
Peg Phillips

 

9:05 AM – 9:45 AM
Ballroom

Enhanced Recreational Boating Certificate
The recent U.S. Coast Guard statistics report that 75% of deaths occured on boats where the operator had no boating safety instruction. Learn about how a voluntary credential of a combined state approved boating safety certificate and verified on-water powerboat training course has the potential to develop more confident, safe boat operators. This expert panel of course providers will share experience, knowledge, and some interesting statistics from hundreds of students who have completed both online and on-water training.

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Ballroom

Sponsor Raffle
Fun Q&A with the #IBWSS24 emcee along with sponsors. Must be present to win.

NETWORKING

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Foyer

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
Enjoy a cup of coffee and network with other attendees and sponsors brought to you by Sirius Signal.

Sponsor
Sirius Signal

KEYNOTES

10:30 AM – 10:40 AM
Ballroom

Sponsor Raffle
Fun Q&A with the #IBWSS24 emcee along with sponsors. Must be present to win.

10:40 AM – 11:10 AM
Ballroom

The Safe Systems Approach: Lessons from the Motorcycle Industry
Motorcyclists make up around 1% of vehicles on the road yet regularly account for around 14% of roadway fatalities every year – that’s 5,000 to 6,000 lives lost each year. In response to an increase in roadway deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Transportation implemented a new approach to roadway safety, the Safe Systems Approach. This approach acknowledges the realities of human mistakes, physical vulnerability, and shared responsibility to address roadway safety in five key areas: people, roads, vehicles, speeds, and post-crash care/safe environment. Learn about how the motorcycle community has attempted to address these challenges in ways that can provide potential strategies for the recreational boating industry.

Speaker
Mike Sayre

11:10 AM – 11:30 AM
Ballroom

Product Safety/ Compliance from a Boatbuilder’s Perspective
Boat manufacturers are subject to a myriad of domestic and international compliance and product safety requirements in today’s environment. Ensuring that product emerges safe, reliable and compliant requires a comprehensive approach from design validation to production output. This overview will give a glimpse behind the scenes on how those requirements can be managed.

Speaker
Dave Marlow

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Ballroom

Safe Boating Video Fiesta
Recognition of award-winning safe boating video content partners on the first anniversary of America’s Boating Channel’s smart TV launch, including highlights of the earned, social media, and the Tune-In Campaign (TIC). Immediately followed by a fiesta lunch celebration! Wear your festive attire (tropical shirts, sombreros, etc). Best dressed will receive a prize!

LUNCH

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Atrium

Networking Lunch
Enjoy lunch in the Atrium brought to you by America’s Boating Channel.

BREAKOUTS

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Ocotillo I-II

Beyond the Basic Boat Inspection
Hear from a Reserve Deputy Sheriff / U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarist on how you can enhance boat inspections and safety checks for the recreational boater. Go beyond asking to see a life jacket, throwable flotation device, fire extinguisher, and visual distress signals. Make sure that everyone on board understands how to use these devices, and offer ways to practice with each device.

Speaker
Herb Haas

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Sandia V

Nonprofit Grant Programs Roundtable
There are many great programs and resources available to support recreational boating safety outreach efforts. Hear from representatives from America’s Boating Channel, America’s Boating Club, American Canoe Association, American Whitewater, The Corps Foundation, National Safe Boating Council, Sea Tow Foundation, and Water Sports Foundation. Learn about resources to support local outreach in your community.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Ocotillo I-II

Tips for iPhone Photography/Video for Social 
Bring your iPhone to this hands-on workshop to learn photography and video tips to make the most of your photos and videos for social media from the NSBC’s Producer Ken Waldron.

Speaker
Ken Waldron

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Sandia V

The GOLDEN RAY Salvage and Its Impact on Recreational Boating
Scott Szczepaniak presents his personal perspective on the salvage of the cargo ship GOLDEN RAY in St. Simons Sound, GA – which capsized in the early morning hours of September 8, 2019. He worked in the private sector as a captain of the safety boat responsible for communications, control, and vessel traffic management around the salvage site. The subsequent salvage of the vessel and site breakdown was completed in early 2022. This is reported to be the largest wreck removal in U.S. history. The recovery impacted local recreational boating and the seasonal migration of birds. His presentation is rich in photographs of the recovery operation.

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Ocotillo I-I

Paddlesports Trade Coalition
The newly formed Paddlesports Trade Coalition (PTC) is a member driven non-profit (501C6) trade coalition of brands, manufacturers, retailers/outfitters, and sales reps who are the voice and soul of the North American paddlesports industry.  Formed in 2023, PTC’s purpose includes working with industry to build and grow paddlesports; providing leadership in DEIAB initiatives; communicating on behalf of the paddlesports industry in matters involving environmental sustainability, business, and governmental affairs; and providing opportunities for dialogue, education, advancement, and improvement of all aspects of the paddlesports industry  At nearly 100 members, come introduce yourself and share your input on all topics paddlesports!

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Sandia V

Cycle of Safety Legislation
Chad Tokowicz, government relations manager for the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) will provide an overview of recent efforts to expand mandatory boater education legislation and the successes and failures of those efforts. Tokowicz will also provide an update of what bills the MRAA and industry partners are tracking and supporting this legislative session, as well as highlight additional recreational boating safety bills which have recently been passed at a state level. Tokowicz will highlight opportunities to leverage marine retailers to share recreational boating safety messages with their customers and help in creating a safer community on the water overall.

Speaker
Chad Tokowicz

PRIVATE MEETING

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
La Ventana

Waves of Hope Coalition
Private meeting by invitation only – U.S. Coast Guard, National Safe Boating Council, and Waves of Hope Coalition.

NETWORKING

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Foyer

Exhibit Hall
Visit with the tabletop exhibitors and network with attendees.

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Foyer

Complimentary Refreshments
Networking with attendees and sponsors in the Atrium.

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Foyer

Shuttle Sponsored by BoatU.S. Foundation
IBWSS name badge required. Evening shuttle will depart every 30 minutes beginning at 6 pm from the conference enter main doors (next to the IBWSS Registration Desk). Shuttle will stop at Old Town Albuquerque (303 Romero Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104) and Sawmill Market (1909 Bellemah Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM). You may ride back on the shuttle to the hotel from either stop. Please communicate with the shuttle driver.

 

Wednesday | April 10, 2024

Registration desk open from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Foyer

NETWORKING

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Atrium

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

8:00 AM – 8:25 AM
Foyer

Exhibit Hall
Visit with the tabletop exhibitors before heading into the ballroom for general sessions.

KEYNOTES

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
Ballroom

Roundtable on Engine Cut-Off Switches
Take a deeper look into the advancements and requirements of engine cut-off switches (ECOS). Learn about the federal rules and implementations of the new ECOS law, and how technological advancements from various ECOS manufacturers help contribute to safer, more advanced boaters.

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Ballroom

The Making of a Leader
Learn from The Boat Boss on how she successfully grew a small boat brokerage company founded in 1994 into a complete sales and service dealership representing some of the top brands in the world. Currently, FB Marine Group is named one of America’s Top 100 Marine Dealerships based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. How does a Boat Boss take an organization from $3 million in annual sales to $30 million? Learn from this self-aware leader who is focused on relationship building, empowering others, and most importantly being an authentic, consistent role model for our younger generation of future leaders.

Speaker
Kim Sweers

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Ballroom

Sponsor Raffle
Fun Q&A with the #IBWSS24 emcee along with sponsors. Must be present to win.

NETWORKING

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Foyer

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
Enjoy a cup of coffee and network with other attendees and sponsors brought to you by Kalkomey.

Sponsor
Kalkomey

KEYNOTES

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Ballroom

Sponsor Raffle
Fun Q&A with the #IBWSS24 emcee along with sponsors. Must be present to win.

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Ballroom

Analytics Capabilities for the Waterways
In this session, attendees will learn about new opportunities for 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. Learn more at deckee.com.

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM
Ballroom

General Session
To Be Announced

Speaker
To Be Announced

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Ballroom

Sneak Peek at Safety Stations
Get ready for an afternoon of hands-on training with four safety stations: Gear, Trailer a Boat, Boat Show, and Pool. Attendees will be divided into small groups and have the opportunity to attend each station. And, a chance to meet Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel!

Speaker
Stacey Brown

LUNCH

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Atrium

Networking Lunch
Enjoy lunch in the Atrium brought to you by COMING SOON.

Sponsor
Coming Soon

SAFETY STATIONS

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
La Ventana

Station #1: Gear
Visit the La Ventana Room near the hotel’s restaurant for the latest in gear and hands-on training. Learn the latest about buoys, engine cut-off switches, life jackets, GPS, visual distress signals, and more. Receive a certificate in NARCAN training. Gather tips to plan your boating adventures and educational outreach. And, meet Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel!

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Back Gravel Lot

Station #2: Trailer a Boat
Learn tips from NASBLA certified instructors with New Mexico State Parks on trailering your boat. Practice your skills in the gravel lot with the truck and trailer.

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Back Parking Lot

Station #3: Boat Show
See the latest in recreational, patrol, and rescue boats. Ask questions about the vessels with dealers and marine law enforcement.

Participants
Albuquerque Police Department
RescueOne
More Coming Soon

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Pool

Station #4: Pool
Learn kayak skills with ACA Instructors – such as capsize recovery and more. Demo the latest inflatable life jackets in the pool. Attendees may observe or participate in the pool. Swimsuit or wet suit required if entering the pool.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
La Ventana

Station #1: Gear
Visit the La Ventana Room near the hotel’s restaurant for the latest in gear and hands-on training. Learn the latest about buoys, engine cut-off switches, life jackets, GPS, visual distress signals, and more. Receive a certificate in NARCAN training. Gather tips to plan your boating adventures and educational outreach. And, meet Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel!

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Back Gravel Lot

Station #2: Trailer a Boat
Learn tips from NASBLA certified instructors with New Mexico State Parks on trailering your boat. Practice your skills in the gravel lot with the truck and trailer.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Back Parking Lot

Station #3: Boat Show
See the latest in recreational, patrol, and rescue boats. Ask questions about the vessels with dealers and marine law enforcement.

Participants
Albuquerque Police Department
RescueOne
More Coming Soon

 

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Pool

Station #4: Pool
Learn kayak skills with ACA Instructors – such as capsize recovery and more. Demo the latest inflatable life jackets in the pool. Attendees may observe or participate in the pool. Swimsuit or wet suit required if entering the pool.

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
La Ventana

Station #1: Gear
Visit the La Ventana Room near the hotel’s restaurant for the latest in gear and hands-on training. Learn the latest about buoys, engine cut-off switches, life jackets, GPS, visual distress signals, and more. Receive a certificate in NARCAN training. Gather tips to plan your boating adventures and educational outreach. And, meet Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel!

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Back Gravel Lot

Station #2: Trailer a Boat
Learn tips from NASBLA certified instructors with New Mexico State Parks on trailering your boat. Practice your skills in the gravel lot with the truck and trailer.

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Back Parking Lot

Station #3: Boat Show
See the latest in recreational, patrol, and rescue boats. Ask questions about the vessels with dealers and marine law enforcement.

Participants
Albuquerque Police Department
RescueOne
More Coming Soon

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Pool

Station #4: Pool
Learn kayak skills with ACA Instructors – such as capsize recovery and more. Demo the latest inflatable life jackets in the pool. Attendees may observe or participate in the pool. Swimsuit or wet suit required if entering the pool.

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
La Ventana

Station #1: Gear
Visit the La Ventana Room near the hotel’s restaurant for the latest in gear and hands-on training. Learn the latest about buoys, engine cut-off switches, life jackets, GPS, visual distress signals, and more. Receive a certificate in NARCAN training. Gather tips to plan your boating adventures and educational outreach. And, meet Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel!

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Back Gravel Lot

Station #2: Trailer a Boat
Learn tips from NASBLA certified instructors with New Mexico State Parks on trailering your boat. Practice your skills in the gravel lot with the truck and trailer.

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Back Parking Lot

Station #3: Boat Show
See the latest in recreational, patrol, and rescue boats. Ask questions about the vessels with dealers and marine law enforcement.

Participants
Albuquerque Police Department
RescueOne
More Coming Soon

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Pool

Station #4: Pool
Learn kayak skills with ACA Instructors – such as capsize recovery and more. Demo the latest inflatable life jackets in the pool. Attendees may observe or participate in the pool. Swimsuit or wet suit required if entering the pool.

NETWORKING

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Atrium

Complimentary Refreshments
Networking with attendees and sponsors in the Atrium.

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Sandia V

NSBC Instructor Reception
Reception and meeting for NSBC certified instructors. If you are interested in becoming a NSBC certified instructor, you are welcome to attend.

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Foyer

Shuttle Sponsored by BoatU.S. Foundation
IBWSS name badge required. Evening shuttle will depart every 30 minutes beginning at 6 pm from the conference enter main doors (next to the IBWSS Registration Desk). Shuttle will stop at Old Town Albuquerque (303 Romero Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104) and Sawmill Market (1909 Bellemah Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM). You may ride back on the shuttle to the hotel from either stop. Please communicate with the shuttle driver.

THURSDAY | April 11

Registration desk open from 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. 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.

8:00 AM – 8:25 AM
Foyer

Exhibit Hall
Visit with the tabletop exhibitors before heading into the ballroom for general sessions, and a meet-and-greet with Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel!

KEYNOTES

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM
Ballroom

Emcee Remarks
Fun Q&A with the #IBWSS24 emcee along with sponsors.

8:35 AM – 10:00 AM
Ballroom

World Forum on Boating 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 high-risk groups, education and training opportunities, and affirming safe boating behaviors and attitudes are just some of the engaging topics of this dynamic session. Countries represented: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, United Kingdom, and the United States of America

NETWORKING

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Foyer

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
Enjoy a cup of coffee and network with other attendees and sponsors brought to you by Marine Retailers Association of the Americas.

KEYNOTES

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Ballroom

IBWSS Communication Awards + More
The IBWSS Communication Awards showcase outstanding outreach efforts of organizations, agencies, and groups who advocate for boating and water safety. Announcement and celebration of the 2024 recipients. Additional award recognition.

11:00 AM – 11:20 AM
Ballroom

Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel
Twiggy the World Famous Water Skiing Squirrel has been entertaining parents & children alike with her water ski show since 1979! Come see Twiggy LIVE at IBWSS!

11:20 AM – 11:30 AM
Ballroom

Final Remarks
Thank you for attending the 2024 International Boating and Water Safety Summit! Don’t miss a sneak peek at the 2025 International Boating and Water Safety Summit in Phoenix/Glendale, Arizona! The raffle for the GRAND PRIZE will be held during the final remarks – must be present to win.

Speaker
Peg Phillips

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