Anchorline Newsletter from the National Safe Boating Council

June 19, 2018

Making Waves Together

We're making waves at the National Safe Boating Council! As a catalyst for recreational boating safety, we are dedicated to fun and safe recreational boating experiences. Our team has been busy during the past three months sharing about safe boating, exploring new partnerships and leading outreach opportunities. From Washington D.C. to St. Augustine, FL, and from North Richland Hills, TX to Lexington, KY, our team has 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. You won't want to miss the next issue of Anchorline to find out what the NSBC team is up to this summer! Be sure to follow us at facebook.com/NationalSafeBoatingCouncil for more frequent updates.

April 7: Boating Safety and Fishing Expo in Solomon, MD

April 10-12: Grant Management Training in New Orleans, LA

April 18: National Marine Manufacturers Association Visit in Chicago, IL

May 9-11: American Boating Congress in Washington, D.C.

May 16-17: Boating Advisory Council in St. Augustine, FL

May 18: Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day with American Canoe Association in Fredericksburg, VA

May 26: The Honor Connor 5K and Smile Mile in North Richland Hills, Texas

June 2: Rock the River with the U.S. Coast Guard and American Canoe Association in Fredericksburg, VA

June 3 - 8: National Association of Boating Law Administrators Leadership Academy in Lexington, KY


Thank you to the NSBC membership for continuing to put your trust in us as we strive to advance recreational boating safety through education, outreach, and training. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with you to make America's waterways safer and more enjoyable for all.
Special thank you to Rolyan® Buoys for your continued support of the National Safe Boating Council and generous sponsorship of Anchorline. www.rolyanbuoys.com

Safe Boating Campaign Worldwide Impact

The Safe Boating Campaign rebrand (a.k.a. Wear It) has made a big splash around the world! With a new brand and logo, the campaign continues to reach recreational boaters with the important message to always wear a life jacket and boat responsibly. From Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day to Ready, Set, Wear It events, the Safe Boating Campaign continues to grow.

The National Safe Boating Council team made a trek around Virginia to kick-off National Safe Boating Week, bringing the #safeboating message to the community on Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day on May 18. The team visited American Canoe Association, Freedom Boat Club of Virginia, retail stores and even snapped photos with a local fire department crew in a shopping center parking lot! The impact of Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day echoed around the world with more than 10,000 people represented in photos shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #lifejacket2work and #safeboating.

Safe Boating Campaign event highlights (clockwise from top right): The Honor Connor 5K and Smile Mile on May 26, Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day with our friends in Japan on May 18, Rock the River on June 2, and Ready, Set, Wear It on May 19.

The Safe Boating Campaign was honored to have a presence at The Honor Connor 5K and Smile Mile in North Richland Hills, TX, on May 26 and Rock the River in Fredericksburg, VA, on June 2.

You can join in the #safeboating fun by planning or participating in Ready, Set, Wear It. Join boating safety advocates around the world for family-fun events to heighten awareness of boating safety issues and go for a world record for the most life jackets worn along the way! Ready, Set, Wear It (previously Ready, Set, Wear It Life Jacket World Record Day) is now four grassroots events led around the world in coordination with local partners sharing the importance of always wearing a life jacket while boating. Regardless of what event coordinators may have planned for their local event - anything from a partnership with a local retailer to a paddling experience - all event participants must wear a life jacket and be in a photo to track the number of participants. The first two events were hosted on May 19 and June 9, with 130 combined events around the world. Two additional events are on July 7 and August 11. Find or register an event at www.safeboatingcampaign.com.

AVAILABLE: 2017 U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics. Compared to 2016, the number of accidents decreased 3.9%, the number of deaths decreased 6.1%, and the number of injuries decreased 9.4%.

2018 Boating Safety Hall of Fame Inductees

The National Safe Boating Council’s Boating Safety Hall of Fame Award recognizes those who have provided vital leadership and boating safety support throughout their career.

It is an honor to induct Phil Cappel and Fred Messmann into the Boating Safety Hall of Fame!

Throughout Phil’s career with the U.S. Coast Guard, he has stood out as a leader in the never-ending pursuit of boating safety. He has been an active and passionate participant in the development of industry standards to further boating safety above and beyond what is required by federal law.

2018 Boating Safety Hall of Fame recipients Phil Cappel (left) and Fred Messmann (right).

Fred faithfully served the boating safety community throughout his career, and recently retired as deputy director of the NSBC. From the Nevada Department of Wildlife to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and from grant program management to board positions, Fred shaped many boating safety programs and advancements.

Join us in congratulating Phil and Fred as recipients of the Boating Safety Hall of Fame Award! Welcome to a group of incredible individuals who were instrumental in advancing boating safety.

NSBC Members Only! Discounted Mustang Survival Lil' Legends life jackets for youth only $20 each + shipping. Great for your boating adventures and to replenish a life jacket loaner stand!

Powerboat 101: Be A Skipper

Powerboat 101: Be A Skipper is the National Safe Boating Council's 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, 'Be A Skipper' is focused on teaching teens valuable safe boating lessons and preparing the next generation of junior captains.

Prior to on-water instruction, each teen will be required to complete a NASBLA-approved online boating safety course as well as meet the legal requirements of the state where the course is being held. In some courses, a parent or legal guardian may be required to participate with their teen in the on-water training.

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. All of these skills are first performed in displacement mode. When the student masters these skills, they move on to performing the appropriate skills in planing mode. It's important for a student operator to understand concepts and design features, as well as anticipate the reaction of current, weather and wind on their boat. Each student will be assessed on their boat operation skills.

Powerboat 101: Be A Skipper is an opportunity to give teens valuable on-water experience before they are 18 years old. It is not a certification program. Be sure to read future editions of Anchorline and the monthly NSBC Member Connection e-newsletter for more updates.

Thank you for joining us at #IBWSS18 to launch Waves of Hope: Families and Friends Working Together to Prevent Boating and Water Tragedies. More coming soon!

Recognizing Leaders in Boating and Water Safety

At the 2018 International Boating and Water Safety Summit (Marcy 4-7, 2018), the National Safe Boating Council, National Water Safety Congress, and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators recognized leaders in boating and water safety with the IBWSS Media Campaign Contest Awards.

“We were inspired by all of the innovative and original entries we received for the media campaign contest,” said Peg Phillips, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council. “This year’s award winners have done a remarkable job of developing communications to promote boating and water safety throughout the country.”

Join us in congratulating the 2018 IBWSS Media Campaign Contest winners!

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.

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