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  • Adaptive Boating

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    This session will explore accessibility and universal design of programs and facilities based on extensive work in the fields of accessibility and mediation at the federal, state, and local levels.

    Many boating program professionals express a need for more information on ways to ensure that state programs serve all populations. In this session, Janet Zeller will explore accessibility and universal design of programs and facilities based on extensive work in the fields of accessibility and mediation at the federal, state, and local levels. In her personal life, Janet is a lifelong paddler. After a 1984 accident resulted in quadriplegia, she was determined to return to paddling. Janet developed the American Canoe Association (ACA) adaptive paddling program in 1989. Author of the 2009 book Canoeing and Kayaking for People with Disabilities, she is an ACA Instructor Trainer Educator and the lead instructor for the ACA Adaptive Paddling program.

    Janet Zeller

    National Accessibility Program Manager, U.S. Forest Service

    Janet Zeller is the National Accessibility Program Manager for the U.S. Forest Service. She has worked in the fields of accessibility and mediation since the mid-1980s and has been with the Forest Service since 1991. Janet and her team are responsible for the development and implementation of program and facility accessibility across the 193 million acres of the National Forest System. She also represents the Forest Service working on accessibility issues with organizations, States, and other federal agencies. Janet instructs accessibility and universal design of programs and facilities at a wide range of training sessions nationally.

    In her personal life, Janet is a lifelong paddler first canoeing and for the past 30 years also sea kayaking. After a 1984 accident resulted in quadriplegia, she was determined to return to paddling. Janet developed the American Canoe Association (ACA) adaptive paddling program in 1989. She is the author of the 2009 book Canoeing and Kayaking for People with Disabilities. Janet is an ACA Instructor Trainer Educator and the lead instructor for the ACA Adaptive Paddling program. She has been presenting Adaptive Paddling Workshops at a wide range of venues nationally since 1990.

  • Next Generation of Boating Education Standards

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    Exploring the proposed Core-Plus format for the American National Standards for Basic Boating Knowledge.

    Exploring the proposed Core-Plus format for the American National Standards for Basic Boating Knowledge.

    Jeff Wheeler

    Chair, Education Standards Panel

    Pam Dillon

    NASBLA Director of Education & Standards

    Pamela Dillon serves as director of NASBLA’s Education and Standards Division. In this role, she works to fully articulate NASBLA’s national role in standards development and conformity assessment, as well as providing broader and deeper professional development opportunities for our members and the recreational boating community. Previously, Dillon served as BLA, retiring in 2011 as chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft. During a five-year break in service from the state of Ohio, Dillon served as executive director of the American Canoe Association (2002-2007), working to develop strategic alliances with boating, outdoor recreation, and paddlesport education and conservation programs across the U.S. and Canada. Dillon served two terms as a public member of the National Boating Safety Advisory Council. In 2014 Dillon earned her credential as a Certified Association Executive (CAE) from ASAE.

  • National Policy Project on Recreational Boating Incident Reporting

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    An overview of project workgroup recommendations and next steps in consensus process.

    This interactive session will focus on the workgroup's consensus recommendations from the first phase of this national project, and prepare you and your States to participate in an upcoming, open comment period. Materials will be distributed in advance of the workshop.

    Deborah A. Gona, PhD

    Engineering, Reporting & Analysis Committee Staff; NASBLA Research Consultant

  • Your New State Assigned Hull Identification Number (HIN) Format

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    Clarification on the state assigned HIN policy, as well as insight to a future USCG policy statement regarding state assigned HINs.

    This session will provide clarification on the state assigned HIN policy, as well as insight to a future U.S. Coast Guard policy statement regarding state assigned HINs. The policy statement will help provide greater clarification on topics such as default year, state assigned HIN placement, and confidential HIN best practices.

    Caroline Mantel

    Director of Business Development • BoatHistoryReport.com

    Caroline is a Florida native and has been a coastline resident her entire life, even while earning her degrees in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Miami. She has worked as the Director of Business Development for BoatHistoryReport.com for 6 years and wears many hats in the boating industry. For the past 2 and a half years, she has served on the VIRT Committee, most recently as Vice Chair. In addition to VIRT, she is also a member of ERAC. Her passion however, lies with UCOTVA and working to help create consistency between states in regards to boat titling, as well as the branding provision for vessels to ensure boats are not sold with undisclosed damage. Part of that also lies in educating the consumer on the risks associated with purchasing a damaged vessel. 

    In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking, camping, fishing, and boating - obviously.

  • Technologies and Training in Law Enforcement Programs

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    Results from the 2019 National Training Survey

    What new trends are law enforcement programs seeing? What new technologies and trainings are needed? Results from the 2019 National Training Survey and interactive discussion on the needs of maritime law enforcement.

    Corey Britcher

    Colonel, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, Bureau of Law Enforcement

    Aaron Kerr

    Wyoming Law Enforcement Coordinator, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

    John Fetterman

    NASBLA Deputy Executive Director, Advocacy, Enforcement & Officer Training

  • New USCG Approved Life Jacket Labels Hitting the Market

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    The NEW USCG Approved Life Jacket Labels are hitting the market now. What are the NASBLA and the states doing in response? What do you need to know?

    The NEW USCG Approved Life Jacket Labels are hitting the market now. What are the NASBLA and the states doing in response? What do you need to know?

    Stacey Brown

    Recreational Boating Safety Manager, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

  • State Program Education & Communications

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    What topic and strategies are state programs focusing on in their education and public outreach campaigns in 2019?

    What topic and strategies are state programs focusing on in their education and public outreach campaigns in 2019?

    Stacey Brown

    Recreational Boating Safety Manager, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

  • U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division Update

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    ​Update on the National Recreational Boating Safety Program.

    Update on the National Recreational Boating Safety Program.

    Verne Gifford

    Chief, Boating Safety Division

  • National RBS Program State Financial Update

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    National RBS Program State Financial Update

    National RBS Program State Financial Update

    Gary Jensen

    Grants Management Specialist, Grants Management Branch, USCG Boating Safety Division

    Cynthia Dudzinski

    Grants Management Specialist, Grants Management Branch, U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division

  • National RBS State Grant Program Update

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    National RBS State Grant Program Update

    National Recreational Boating Safety State Grant Program Update

    Vann Burgess

    USCG RBS Specialist