Awards Programs

The NSBC hosts three awards to those who support boat safety and outreach.

Boating Safety Hall of Fame

This award is used to recognize those who have demonstrated vital leadership and support through many years of service to making our nation’s waterways safer for all to enjoy. Contributions must have long-range, national impact and encompass numerous years of involvement. No more than two NSBC Hall of Fame awards may be presented annually. A NSBC member or organization contact representative in good standing nominates an individual, and the nomination must be approved by a majority vote of the NSBC Board of Directors during any board of directors meeting where a quorum is present. Nominate a leader in boating safety for the Boating Safety Hall of Fame Award.

Read profiles of Boating Safety Hall of Fame recipients.

Boating Safety Youth Award

The Boating Safety Youth Award, sponsored by Patron Member BoatU.S. Foundation, encourages the development of innovating boating safety education programs directed at youth. For a youth boating program to qualify, it must integrate safety practices into the program and be aimed at students less than 18 years of age. Selection priority will be given to unique or innovative programs with the primary goal of increasing boat safety. The award includes a cash prize of $2,500 to be used for the implementation or enhancement of a youth-oriented boating safety program. In addition, the group will receive a paid trip to the International Boating and Water Safety Summit to present their award-winning program. The application process is closed.

Read profiles of Boating Safety Youth Award recipients.


Confluence Awards

The Confluence Awards, supported by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) and National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), recognize those individuals who have worked to save lives, reduce boating casualties, and ensure boating resources are returned to boaters. The diligence and vision of these individuals result in safe and enjoyable recreational boating, enhanced homeland security, and implementation of the Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program for America’s waterways. The nominated person must be a federal government official or other person in public service. The individual’s contribution must be national in scope. The nomination process is closed.

Read profiles of Confluence Award recipients.