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2022 Operation Dry Water Award Winners

The Operation Dry Water Awards Program recognizes law enforcement officers and agencies that are making a positive impact on boating under the influence (BUI). Congratulations to this year’s ODW Officer of the Year, Top Agencies and Media Award winners!

Sea Tow Foundation Opens 1,000th Life Jacket Loaner Station

The Sea Tow Foundation, with support from MarineMax and Sea Tow International, held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of its 1,000th Life Jacket Loaner Stand at the Seminole Street Boat Ramp in Clearwater, FL.

NSBC Member Connection

Sponsored by Walsh Marine! News and updates about NSBC programs, industry happenings, and more from the National Safe Boating Council. In this issue: NSBC Headquarters Relocates to Clearwater, Find an Instructor, NSBC Chair Appointed to NBSAC, Wear It Buoys by Walsh Marine, Share Free Boat On Course Educational Series, Two NSBC Members Appointed to FL Boating Advisory Council, Instructor Resources, and more.

Fall Boating Safety Circulator Available

The 2022 fall issue of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Circular is now available. Topics covered in this issue include: electric propulsion, new point of contact for Manufacturer’s Identification Codes, substantial risk safety defect, events, and recalls. The Boating Safety Circular is a product of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety — Boating Safety Division — Recreational Boating Product Assurance Branch. 

USCG Appoints Two to National Boating Safety Advisory Committee

The U. S. Coast Guard has announced the appointment of two individuals to serve as new members of the National Boating Safety Advisory Committee (NBSAC). The new members are Robert Newsome, senior vice president of operations at the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Ty Hunter, program director for the State of Utah Division of Recreation Boating.

Anchorline, sponsored by Walsh Marine

You don’t want to miss this issue of Anchorline, the National Safe Boating Council’s digital newsletter sponsored by Walsh Marine! IN THIS ISSUE: Keep Your Waterways Safe All Year, A Look Back at Summer On-Water Training, Tips for Fall Boating, Get Connected: Use an Engine Cut-Off Switch, Know Your Buoys, 2023 IBWSS, Waves of Hope, NSBC Warehouse Sale, and more!

Boating Safety Tips for Labor Day Weekend

The Safe Boating Campaign, a worldwide effort focused on responsible boating led by the National Safe Boating Council, shares key tips for boaters to responsibly enjoy the high boating-traffic Labor Day weekend.

NSBC Member Connection E-Newsletter

Sponsored by Walsh Marine! News and updates about NSBC programs, industry happenings, and more from the National Safe Boating Council. In this issue: NSBC’s Peg Phillips Among Women Making Waves, Find an Instructor, Welcome Captain Matsuura, We Moved to Clearwater, Know Your Buoys, Instructor Update, and more.

Boating Accidents Down in 2021, but Safety Education Remains Critical

From BoatUS: With the pandemic putting more people than ever on the water and consequent rise in boating accidents and fatalities, there’s some better news in the newly released 2021 U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics. What’s influencing these latest boating safety numbers?

2022 Women Making Waves

Women Making Waves is Boating Industry’s effort to recognize the multitude of women in the industry who have made and continue to make great contributions to its success, propel its growth and lead their organizations and peers into the future. Congratulations to NSBC’s Executive Director Peg Phillips on her recognition!

NSBC Member Connection E-Newsletter

Sponsored by Walsh Marine! News and updates about NSBC programs, industry happenings, and more from the National Safe Boating Council. In this issue: Hunter Bland Shares Boating Safety Tips with FOX Weather, Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day Photos, Use an Engine Cut-Off Switch, Summer Boating Survey, Operation Dry Water, and Instructor Update.

U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Circular Spring 2022

The 2022 spring issue of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Circular issue covers: mudboat and airboat flotation exemptions, best manufacturing practices in quality controls for flotation foam in recreational vessels, a calendar of events, and recalls.

2021 Recreational Boating Statistics Available

The U.S. Coast Guard has released its 2021 Recreational Boating Statistics Report, revealing that there were 658 boating fatalities nationwide in 2021, a 14.2 percent decrease from 2020.

Operation Dry Water 2022

Once again this year, officers in collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies will be teaming up for Operation Dry Water (ODW). Law enforcement officers will be on heightened alert for those violating boating under the influence laws, as well as spreading awareness about the dangers associated with BUI. 

Fishing Participation Exceeds 50 Million for Second Time in 14 Years

Fifty-two million Americans age 6+ went fishing in 2021, according to preliminary data from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) 2022 Special Report on Fishing. Down slightly from 2020, fishing participation exceeded 50 million for the second time in 14 years, posting gains over 2019 and supporting a six-year upward trend.

It’s National Safe Boating Week

National Safe Boating Week is held from May 21-27, 2022, reminding all boaters to brush up on boating safety skills and prepare for the boating season. This observance week is the annual kick-off of the Safe Boating Campaign, a global awareness effort that encourages boaters to make the most of their boating adventure by being responsible.

NSBC Store Moving Sale

Don’t miss out on incredible deals in the NSBC Store! The ocean has been calling our name, and we’re moving to Clearwater, FL. Use promo code NSBCMOVE to receive 10% off your order (excludes Training and Membership categories). Offer expires on June 4, 2022.