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Safe Boating Campaign Reminds Boaters to Boat Sober This Fourth of July

(AUDIO NEWS RELEASE) Boating under the influence, or BUI, is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Yvonne Pentz, communications director, National Safe Boating Council, explains the importance of not boating under the influence.

Anchorline

You don’t want to miss Summer 2020 issue of Anchorline, the National Safe Boating Council’s quarterly newsletter sponsored by Rolyan® Buoys! IN THIS ISSUE: 5 Things You Can Do, Giving Back During COVID-19, Put Your Boating Knowledge to the Test, Media Best Practices, Operation Dry Water, and more!

ACA 2019 Special Report on Paddlesports & Safety

In 2018, 22.9 million Americans, or 7.6 percent of the U.S. population, took to rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans to participate in at least one paddling activity. Learn more in the American Canoe Association’s 2019 Special Report on Paddlesports & Safety is available at https://www.americancanoe.org/page/statistics. Watch this video for an overview of the report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnHl1PHct24

A Letter from West Marine’s CEO, Ken Seipel

The arrival of summer is extremely welcome, and we are all looking forward to spending more time outside and on the water. West Marine is in the final stages of reopening all our retail stores, distribution centers and corporate headquarters.

Member Connection E-Newsletter

News and updates about our programs, industry happenings, member spotlights and more from the National Safe Boating Council. In this issue: Note from the Executive Director, New Radio PSAs from the Safe Boating Campaign, Updated BoatOnCourse.com, RBS Together: On-Demand Videos from the NSBC, NSBC Store Discounts, and more!

NOAA and National Safe Boating Council Continue National Safe Boating Week Partnership

For the annual celebration of National Safe Boating Week, held May 16-22, 2020, the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Weather Service encourage boaters to follow health and safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and your local officials while boating responsibly.

Boating and Water Safety Media Best Practices

Recreational boating and water activities are enjoyed by millions of Americans each year. To encourage growth in recreational boating and water activities, the National Safe Boating Council’s Safe Boating Campaign recommends these boating and water safety media best practices to support a culture of safety and encourage those enjoying the water to have the right safety gear.

Fishing and Boating Access

Get the latest fishing and boating updates from your state on COVID-19 using this tool from our friends at Take Me Fishing™. Click on a state to find out everything you need to know about the latest updates, changes, closures, and more for fishing and boating related activities.

Membership Connection E-Newsletter

News and updates about our programs, industry happenings, member spotlights and more from the National Safe Boating Council. In this issue: Note from the Executive Director, 2020 IBWSS Communication Award Honorees, RBS Together: On-Demand Videos from NSBC, Safe Boating Campaign Partner Update, the NSBC Online Store, and more!

A Letter from NSBC Executive Director

We have been closely monitoring the calls and emails from our members and recreational boaters as we navigate uncharted waters during this public health crisis. Our priority is protecting the health and safety of our team, members, partners, and the recreational boaters who depend on us for guidance and resources.

Tips for Navigating Social Distancing Restrictions While Boating

COVID-19 is forcing everyone to navigate uncharted waters, including boaters. Many people are wondering if they can go boating, who they can boat with, and where they can go once they leave the dock. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer as many states have issued Stay-at-Home orders, with some prohibiting outdoor recreation and recreational boating, and permitted in others.

COVID-19 State Impacts Presented by NMMA

Our friends at National Marine Manufacturers Association are keeping track of the latest access and executive orders impacting boating. Read this helpful update, and be sure to check with your state and local community for the latest information.

COVID-19: Cleaning and Storing Your Life Jacket

CLEANING AND STORING YOUR PFD:  To clean your inflatable PFD, hand wash or sponge down in warm, soapy water, taking care not to submerge the inflator. Rinse your PFD with clean water and hang to dry on a plastic coat hanger. Do not dry-clean, use chlorine bleach, or apply direct heat. Always store your fully dried PFD in a warm, dry, well ventilated place out of direct sunlight.

Membership Connection E-Newsletter

News and updates about our programs, industry happenings, member spotlights and more from the National Safe Boating Council. In this issue: Current Status: Social Distancing, 2020 IBWSS Cancelled, Online Learning Series, the NSBC Online Store, and more!

NSBC Online Learning Series

The NSBC will offer a limited series of high-quality, high-value, interactive virtual experiences with content from our members, partners, retailers, manufacturers, and other thought leaders.

International Boating and Water Safety Summit Cancelled

With the ongoing coverage surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, our top priority is to keep our attendees safe and informed. Due to the March 15 recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control that organizers cancel in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S., and Arizona Governor Ducey’s call for the cancellation of gatherings of over 50 people, the 2020 International Boating and Water Safety Summit is cancelled. In addition, overwhelming travel restrictions from states and organizations was also considered in this decision.

Membership Connection E-Newsletter

News and updates about our programs, industry happenings, member spotlights and more from the National Safe Boating Council. In this issue: See You in Arizona at #IBWSS20, Earn Continuing Education Units, Hotel Room Block Deadline is March 9, Plan Your IBWSS Experience, Enter the IBWSS Communication Awards, and more!

Anchorline

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. Read our quarterly newsletter, Anchorline, to learn more. Thank you to Rolyan Buoys for your continued support of the National Safe Boating Council and generous sponsorship of Anchorline.