National Safe Boating Council Instructor Appointed to Prestigious Japan Coast Guard Advisory Group for Water Safety

On November 29 (Tue). 2016, Mr. Hiroshi Yamaoka a Maris foundation staff member was present at the Japan Coast Guard meeting. He provided a presentation on the benefits of standardization and educational outreach. As a Personal Water Craft (PWC) subject matter expert (SME), he was selected as one of four elect expert members whom were appointed to the newly formed “Ocean Safety Promotion Advisor”.

Corporal Josh Underwood Receives 2016 Boating Safety Award

Corporal (Cpl.) Underwood of the Saint Johns County Sheriff’s Office is the recipient of the 2016 NASBLA Boating Safety Award, sponsored by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), for his efforts to promote responsible boating throughout Florida. As Florida continues to be the top state for recreational boating deaths and
accidents, this is no easy task. Cpl. Underwood’s dedication to the profession, and especially to boating safety, has made a positive change in the local boating community and boaters now know him know him as “the life jacket guy.”

National Safe Boating Council Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) has joined thousands of other organizations participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 29, GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Emergency Locator Beacons Provide Life-Saving Communication

A perfect day on the water can quickly change. The boat may hit an unseen object, a wave may capsize the boat, a sudden storm may make it too difficult to navigate, or equipment may fail. The National Safe Boating Council shares how critical it is for boaters to properly use an emergency locator beacon through their Saved by the Beacon campaign.

North American Partners Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Strengthen Boating Safety Collaboration

The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) gathered at the 2016 CSBC Symposium to bring greater attention to boating safety issues currently being addressed throughout North America and to show their shared commitment to these issues and the promotion of safer boating with a signing of the CSBC – NSBC Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on September 25, 2016.

New ‘Saved by the Beacon’ Resources from the National Safe Boating Council Share Importance of Locator Beacons

Imagine you’re away from the coast, you don’t even see land anymore. Even worse, imagine that your boat is now taking on water and you don’t have cell phone reception. The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) has released resources through its Saved by the Beacon campaign for recreational boating safety professionals to educate
recreational boaters about the importance of 406 MHz beacons and how to use them correctly in the case of a boating emergency.

National Safe Boating Council Announces Three New Membership Categories

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) Board of Directors recently approved the broadening of our membership with the creation of three new categories: Instructor, Instructor-Trainer, and Engaging Victims & Survivors. The creation of these membership types was a result of feedback received by current and prospective members
and a belief that they will enhance the overall mission of the NSBC.

National Safe Boating Council Promotes Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day

As part of a nationwide observance, the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) is encouraging individuals to partake in Welcome to the Water on June 11, 2016 as part of National Marina Day. The NSBC encourages local boaters and non-boaters to spend a Saturday at a marina near them hosting an event for Welcome to the Water for a day of
leisure on the water.

Local Eagle Scout candidate organizes Boating Safety event in remembrance of the death of Sheyenne Marshall, 17, at the hands of an intoxicated boater

Local teenager, Jack Ezzell, who witnessed the tragic death of his girlfriend last summer while knee boarding on Lake Norman, organized a boating safety event at The Peninsula Yacht Club on Saturday. Ezzell created the event to raise awareness about the need for safe and sober boating practices on Lake Norman and to share the difficult lessons he has learned about the hazards of operating marine craft while under the influence.

Boating Safety Partners Host Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) hosted a Boating Safety Congressional Reception on May 11 in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

National Safe Boating Council Honored As 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) has been honored with a prestigious 2016 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. You can visit the NSBC page on GreatNonprofits to see more information about the award as well as the featured reviews.

Water Safety USA Announces 2016 Joint Water Safety Message

Recently established Water Safety USA, a consortium of 13 national governmental and nongovernmental organizations, is excited to announce the group’s primary safety message for 2016; ‘Water Safety: it’s learning to swim and so much more.’

Water Safety USA Launches

Water Safety USA, recently established by a consortium of national governmental and nongovernmental organizations concerned with water safety and drowning prevention, aims to empower people with resources, information and tools to more safely enjoy and benefit from our nation’s aquatic environments. Water Safety USA will work to align safety advice from member organizations and magnify the reach of that advice in an effort to collaboratively improve water safety.

National Safe Boating Council Announce 406Day Media Contest Winners

With the help of many contributing organizations and engaged boaters nationwide, this year’s #406Day helped promote the important “Saved by the Beacon” message, educating boaters about the importance of registering and carrying an emergency locator beacon.