Anchorline Newsletter from the National Safe Boating Council

Anchorline: September 26, 2018

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!

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

NSBC On-Water Powerboating Course First to Receive Third-Party Verification

The NSBC is the first organization to receive voluntary third-party verification for an on-water powerboating course based on the American National Standard for recreational boating skills.

NSBC’s on-water powerboating course, “Essentials of Close-Quarter and Open Water Boat Control,” is verified to meet the American National Standard for on-water skills entitled EDU-1 On-Water Power Standards and received the Verified Course power mark No. 2018-G152.

We are proud to be the leader in on-water powerboat training. Operator inexperience consistently ranks high as a contributing factor in boating accidents, and our course provides the boating safety instruction necessary to increase the confidence and skills of recreational boaters. - Chris Stec, NSBC Board Chair
Enroll in a NSBC On-Water Course, now available for the general public through a partnership with the BoatU.S. Foundation.

Teen and Adult On-Water Powerboating Courses

Are you looking for on-water boat training? BoatU.S. Foundation is offering powerboat training using the NSBC curriculum. Whether you are a novice boater or want to build confidence in your boat handling skills, these courses provide a specific curriculum to meet your training needs.

For teens, the NSBC's Junior Captain Course is a pilot course for teens interested in learning on-water powerboating skills and maneuvers. In partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard and BoatU.S. Foundation, 'Junior Captain' is focused on teaching teens valuable safe boating lessons and preparing the next generation of junior captains. During the on-water course, teens will be led through 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.

“We’ve found that one of the major barriers to boating is having that first experience, and we wanted to make that easier for people while making it both fun and safe," said Alan Dennison, BoatU.S. Foundation. "We partnered with the NSBC to create an accessible and affordable way for students to get out on the water.”

For adults, Boat Control On-Water Training is available as four course modules, which may be taken consecutively or as a stand-alone course (Course 1: Introduction to Powerboating; Course 2: Precision Docking and Boat Handling; Course 3: Open Water Boat Handling; Course 4: Open Water Advanced Maneuvering). When taken consecutively, these courses are verified to meet the American National Standard for on-water skills entitled EDU-1 On-Water Power Standards (Verified Course power mark No. 2018-G153).

NSBC members receive $20 off a Rolyan Buoys® Educational Buoy Set.

NSBC Member Discount for Rolyan Buoys® Educational Buoy Set

In an effort to keep everyone on the water safe, it's important that boaters are aware of the standard inland waterway messages and symbols.

NSBC members receive a $20 discount on a Rolyan® Buoys Educational Buoy Set.

Teaching the Rules of the Road is easier when you have a set of buoys that look like the real thing. Each Rolyan® Buoys Educational Buoy Set includes 7 buoy replicas with the most popular messages and symbols. NSBC members will receive a $20 discount on a Rolyan® Buoys Educational Buoy Set.

NSBC Members Special! Mustang Survival Lil' Legends life jackets for children only $20 each + shipping. Order at safeboatingcouncil.org. Members must log-in to receive discount.

SOBOS Recreational Boating Survey

Download the SOBOS app to participate in a free self-reported on-water boat operator survey. The goal is to test the efficacy of crowdsourcing recreational boating data as an evidence-based public health approach to reducing boating accidents. Whether you're paddling, fishing or cruising, use the app to share about your trip!

Save the date 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.

#IBWSS19 Call for Speakers Now Open

Consider applying to speak at #IBWSS19 about The Future of Recreational Boating. We’re looking for thought-provoking, innovative and engaging sessions to support the theme, “The Future of Recreational Boating.” Do you have an innovative product, outreach program, or panel discussion idea? Consider applying to be an #IBWSS19 speaker.

Your topic may also align with a Certified Recreational Boating Professional domain and/or National Recreational Boating Safety Strategic Plan performance initiative while supporting the theme, “The Future of Recreational Boating.” Please note that application submittal does not guarantee selection.

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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 three months. Click on photo to enlarge.

(Left to right from top) June 23: NSBC's Safe Boating Campaign's Tiger Team is dedicated to building a boating safety culture. July 26: NSBC's Yvonne Pentz teamed up with the American Canoe Association and Stand Up Paddle Industry Association at Outdoor Retailer in Denver. July 24: NSBC's Peg Phillips and NSBC board members Dana Gage and Robert Newsome took a timeout and enjoyed a Chicago Cubs game. August 2: NSBC staff welcomed the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety at NSBC's new headquarters. August 11: NSBC's Peg Phillips participated in an adult on-water course offered by BoatU.S. Foundation. August 18: NSBC board member John Malatak and Peg Phillips at the U.S. Power Squadrons Annual Meeting. August 27: Safe Boating Campaign outreach at the Great Falls River Race. September 9: NSBC General Membership Meeting game show fun. September 9: NSBC's #YPSD at the NASBLA Annual Conference.

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