Anchorline Newsletter of the National Safe Boating Council

Anchorline: February 13, 2019

We're making waves at the National Safe Boating Council! As a catalyst for recreational boating safety, we are dedicated to providing fun and safe recreational boating experiences. Thank you for your support in this shared mission! Read through all of Anchorline to find challenge questions at the end. Answer the questions correctly and be entered for a chance to win a case of youth activity books.

Special thank you to Rolyan® Buoys for your continued support of the National Safe Boating Council and generous sponsorship of Anchorline. rolyanbuoys.com

Rolyan Buoys® Celebrating 50 Years

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Rolyan Buoys. Be on the lookout for communications on exciting events, contests, and more. Sign up for celebration news to stay informed.

Register now for #IBWSS19 in Jacksonville, FL from March 24-27, 2019 to learn the latest about "The Future of Recreational Boating" at the 2019 International Boating and Water Safety Summit. www.IBWSS.org

Don't Miss #IBWSS19 'The Future of Recreational Boating' from March 24-27

#IBWSS19 will explore The Future of Recreational Boating with engaging general and breakout sessions taking a close look at recreational boating trends, the latest boating and water safety gear, the next generation of boater education with virtual reality, e-learning, and more! Register for the 2019 International Boating and Water Safety Summit to be held from March 24-27, 2019 in Jacksonville, FL.

The NSBC General Membership Meeting will take place at #IBWSS19 on Sunday, March 24 at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel at 3:30 p.m. You won't want to miss this great opportunity to network with other members and visit with the NSBC team. Be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks in your inbox.

Keynote speakers Thom Dammrich, President, National Marine Manufacturers Association and Peter Mitchell, Founder + Chief Creative Officer, Marketing for Change, will kick-off #IBWSS19. Browse the interactive schedule to learn about more engaging sessions at #IBWSS19!

Dammrich 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.

Mitchell 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.

In addition, the IBWSS Expo offers a great opportunity for attendees to learn about the latest in boating and water safety from organizations offering innovative products, new programs, and more! Attendees may participate in the IBWSS Expo Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win prizes. Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at IBWSS? Please contact Diane Corish.

Don't miss a great opportunity to showcase your boating and water safety public outreach efforts! The IBWSS Media Campaign Contest recognizes the creative ways boating and water safety advocates are communicating with the public about safety on and in the water. Now accepting entries for the #IBWSS19 Media Campaign Contest! Deadline to submit entries is March 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Winners will be recognized during the #IBWSS19 Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, March 27 at noon.

Staying an extra day for the International Boating and Water Safety Summit? A group fishing excursion is available at a discounted rate on Thursday, March 28. Please notify Steve Chambers at schambers@mustangsurvival.com by February 15. Cost is $85 per person.

You won't want to miss the 2019 International Boating and Water Safety Summit. Register today!

Skipper Club™, the NSBC's newest on-water program, teaches teens valuable on-water training and builds lifelong safe boating advocates.

Building the Next Generation of Safe Boaters Through On-Water Training for Teens

The National Safe Boating Council's newest teen program, Skipper Club, is more than an on-water training program. It's about building the next generation of safe boaters through on-water training and continued program opportunities in local communities. Teens ages 13-19 have the opportunity to operate a powerboat, learning valuable skills and confidence in both close-quarters and open water maneuvers.

Skipper Club is taught by NSBC certified instructors to ensure the teens are receiving the best powerboat knowledge and skills advancing from close-quarters to open water boat control. Teens are led through four course modules with a step-by-step progression focusing on terminology, equipment, steering straight, stopping, turns up to 180-degree, docking, ferrying, avoidance turns, person overboard and retrieval.

Captain Jeff Gunn, a master instructor trainer for the NSBC, says that no matter the age “slow is pro, and faster is disaster." As with most adult operators, close-quarter maneuvers such as docking, approaching the fuel dock, and leaving port can be intimidating for young boaters. Teen students learn that neutral is their friend, learning the maneuvers with slow precision. As teens master docking, turning, and maneuvering the boat in close quarters, it boosts more than their confidence.

Skipper Club was recently offered at the Sea Scouts Sea Star Base in Galveston, TX. Students shared feedback after completing a 3 hour on-water course module, proudly and confidently speaking in front of their peers as they recapped their lessons. NSBC instructor, Captain Margaret Candler, shared:

what has impressed me the most with the NSBC'S Skipper Club curriculum, besides its very detailed and comprehensive instructional format, are the results I have observed in the student’s abilities and confidence in safe and controlled vessel operation.

Social and leadership skills are a tremendous byproduct of the Skipper Club program. As we shape the next generation of recreational boaters, we are also building a team of leaders who will recruit and introduce their friends to boating. If you are a NSBC certified instructor and are interested in offering the Skipper Club program in your community, please contact Peg Phillips.

Keep reading to find the challenge questions! Hint: The answers to the questions are found in this edition of Anchorline.


DAN Boater, one of the most recognized names in travel safety, has joined the NSBC as an Admiral Club member. “Joining the NSBC at the highest tiered membership level available, reflects our commitment to the Council’s goals and visions, which, in numerous ways, mirror those of DAN Boater," confirms William Ziefle, President and CEO of DAN. “For both of our organizations, safe boating practices are a top priority.” DAN Boater provides emergency medical services and travel safety resources to recreational boaters, cruisers, and sailors. Learn more at www.danboater.org.

Our newest Mariner Club member, Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel, is busy traveling the country sharing the #safeboating message. Follow Twiggy on Facebook, visit their website, or better yet, go meet the team at one of their events. Look at the #wearit life jacket! Learn more at www.twiggyskis.com.

Responsible boating is part of the adventure. Have fun. Make memories. Boat responsibly. #wearit #safeboating

Safe Boating Campaign: Become a Partner

Safety on the water is everyone's responsibility. Organizations can share their support for the Safe Boating Campaign (Wear It) by registering as a campaign partner and be added to a searchable online database of campaign partners. Local boating enthusiasts can connect with Safe Boating Campaign partners in their local communities. There is power in numbers to share about the importance of boating responsibly, such as always wearing a life jacket. Up to 10 registered organizations will randomly be selected to receive a free outdoor Safe Boating Campaign banner.

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Adult On-Water Powerboat Training

The National Safe Boating Council is the only nationwide nonprofit organization with an on-water powerboating course to receive third-party verification based on the American National Standard for recreational boating skills. The NSBC offers "Essentials of Close-Quarters and Open Water Boat Control Course" to state agencies, fire departments, police departments, and local municipalities who patrol our waterways. Oftentimes, organizations who monitor and patrol our waterways are trained in enforcement, and do not receive in-depth safety or boat handling skills.

In our most recent course, firefighters with the Peoria Fire Department became NSBC certified instructors. These firefighters patrol and provide boating safety education for boaters on Lake Pleasant, which ranks high in the state of Arizona for recreational boating causalities and accidents. Eight firefighters completed the course under the instruction of NSBC master instructor trainer, Captain Jeff Gunn. As is often the case, the students commented that this was their first experience learning boat handling with a structured curriculum. Not only did they each learn safety and boat handling skills that could be applied to firefighting on the water, they learned how to teach safety skills to recreational boaters they encounter as they patrol the lake. A fun day on the water is always a safe day on the water, and these fire fighters are a catalyst for safety! Contact Peg Phillips to learn more about NSBC training opportunities.

NSBC’s Peg Phillips and NSBC Instructor Trainer Jeff Gunn at a NSBC instructor certification course in Peoria, AZ with the Peoria Fire Department.

We're Making Waves

Our team is committed to advancing our shared mission of safe boating, exploring new partnerships and leading outreach opportunities. Throughout the last few months, we've partnered alongside many of you in our shared mission to advance safe boating. Here's a snapshot of what our team has been up to over the last few months. Click on a photo to enlarge.

(Left to right from top) September 15: NSBC’s Peg Phillips meets with Captain Scott Johnson, U.S. Coast Guard, Cody Jones, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Dana Gage, LV Project, in Chicago, IL. September 21: Sea Tow Life Jacket Loaner Station at the Norwalk Boat Show. October 13: NSBC’s Peg Phillips at the Annapolis Boat Show. November 11: NSBC’s Peg Phillips at the ACA Leadership Academy in South Carolina. January 17: NSBC board members and staff at the NSBC headquarters in Manassas, VA for the winter board meeting. January 19: NSBC’s Peg Phillips and BoatUS Foundation’s Alan Dennison attending a Skipper Club training at Sea Star Base Galveston, TX. January 20: Skipper Club training at Sea Star Base Galveston, TX. January 25: NSBC’s Peg Phillips visiting with Kim Jackson and Josh Hoffman, Arizona Game and Fish Department. January 27: NSBC Mariner Club member, Twiggy the Skiing Squirrel, at the Milwaukee Boat Show. January 27: NSBC’s Peg Phillips and NSBC master instructor trainer Captain Jeff Gunn at a NSBC instructor certification course in Peoria, AZ.

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