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  • Applying the Public Health Approach to Recreational Boating Injury Prevention

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    This four-part webinar series is organized by four key steps in the public health approach, with relevant Core Competencies for Injury and Violence Prevention mapped to each of these steps. These Core Competencies can provide a roadmap for gaining or strengthening the essential knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to grow professionally, and strengthen the field and practice of IVP, including recreational boating injury prevention.

    The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the Safe States Alliance is pleased to present a four part series entitled: Applying the Public Health Approach to Recreational Boating Injury Prevention.

    In 2017, the Coast Guard counted 4,291 accidents that involved 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries and approximately $46 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. State recreational boating safety programs are responsible for the annual implementation of more than 95% of all boating safety expenditures nationwide – including boating law enforcement, boating safety education, public access, aids to navigation and a range of other boating safety services.
     
    NASBLA is committed to cultivating a boating public that is better prepared to engage in safer boating behavior, in part by assisting state boating safety agencies to become fluent in the public health approach to injury prevention. Nationally, NASBLA brings together state recreational boating safety agencies for standardization and reciprocity in public policy development, communicating strategies, coordination, information sharing, education, and training.
     
    This four-part webinar series is organized by four key steps in the public health approach, with relevant Core Competencies for Injury and Violence Prevention mapped to each of these steps. These Core Competencies can provide a roadmap for gaining or strengthening the essential knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to grow professionally, and strengthen the field and practice of IVP, including recreational boating injury prevention.

    Jennifer Woody

    Public Health Network Coordinator

    Jennifer Woody Collins, MPA has been working in injury and violence prevention with the North Carolina Division of Public Health and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Injury Prevention Research Center for over a decade to promote preventing injuries and violence before they happen in the first place. She is the coordinator of the Southeastern and Southwestern Injury Prevention Network that works to strengthen professional networks and practice through training and net building. Jennifer is currently working towards a PhD in Communication Studies at Ohio University with an emphasis on health and organizing.

    Ron Sarver

    Chief of Knowledge and Learning Management Systems

    Ron Sarver began his career with NASBLA in 1993.  He has worked in many aspects of the association including staffing policy committees such as Vessel Identification, Registration & Titling Law Enforcement and Preparedness & Response. Ron now serves as the Chief of Knowledge and Learning Management Systems. He oversees NASBLA's key digital assets including knowledge management, learning management and content management systems. He administers NASBLA's eLearning efforts, serves as the lead community manager for NASBLA Connect and is the association's lead data visualization leader.

    Ron has nearly 30 years of association experience, having also worked with the Council of State Governments, Southern Governors Association, National Emergency Management Association, Environmental Council of the States and the National Council of State EMS Training Coordinators.  He earned the Certified Association Executive credential in 2010.

    Lt. Seth Wagner

    Asst. Boating Safety Coordinator

    Seth began his career in law enforcement with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission in 2002.  As an officer with FWC part of his job duties was enforcement of boating safety rules and regulations.  In 2012 Seth was promoted to lieutenant in the Boating & Waterways Section of FWC.  His primary duties include reviewing all accident reports that occur in Florida and to enter that data into the U.S. Coast Guard's Boat Accident Report Database (BARD).  He also became a member of NASBLA's Engineering, Reporting & Analysis Committee (ERAC).  Seth is responsible for creating an annual boating accident statistical report for his state and providing statistical data to multiple sections within FWC and other agencies for improving boating safety. That information is used for enforcement activities, education and outreach materials and content and local municipalities for consideration in managing local waterways.

    Alan Dellapenna

    Branch Head of the Injury & Violence Prevention Branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health

    Alan has been in his role as Branch Head of the IVP Branch since 2010. Prior to that he spent 27 years as a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service assigned to the Indian Health Service working in South Dakota, Arizona, and Maryland. He has been a leader throughout his career and had demonstrated vision for injury prevention in his position in North Carolina.

    Kelli Toth

    Education Specialist

    Kelli M. Toth is a born and raised Alaskan boater. She has a Bachelor if Business Administration in marketing and a minor in psychology from the University of Alaska as well as studied education and completed several courses from the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. Seven years ago she joined the Office of Boating Safety and has been recognized for her dedication to boating safety in Alaska and nationwide.   Previously, she served on the NSBC Tiger Team and the National Water Safety Congress Board of Directors, and currently she serves on several NASBLA committees, and is a charge leader of the Passenger Safety Standard. Kelli considers herself a student of the Public Health Approach to Injury Prevention and is excited to share what she’s learned during the process of developing the passenger safety standard and the Kids Don’t Float program. Her goal today is to and give you some strategies to take stock in your education and outreach efforts and build your boating safety programs. 

    Joe McCullough

    Boating Law Administrator • Alaska Office of Boating Safety

    Joe moved to Alaska in 1992 after visiting for the summer and falling in love with the ocean and the mountains. He has worked for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources for 26 years, starting out as a volunteer in Kachemak Bay State Park.Joe also worked as a park ranger in Anchor Point and on the Kenai River. He was hired as the Education Coordinator for the Alaska Boating Safety Program in 2002. In June he was promoted to Boating Law Administrator. 

    Joe loves teaching and is a nationally certified boating safety instructor, NSBC boat control instructor trainer, Alaska Police Standards Council instructor and an American Canoe Association instructor.

    Joe was the recipient of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ (NASBLA) Boating Safety Award in 2006 and NASBLA’s Educator of the Year Award in 2012. He graduated with a B.A. Degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Joe lives in Anchorage with his wife and daughter.

    Dr. Jamila M. Porter

    Director, Programs and Evaluation, Safe States Alliance

    Dr. Jamila M. Porter is the Director of Programs and Evaluation at the Safe States Alliance – a national non-profit organization and professional association whose mission is to strengthen the practice of injury and violence prevention. Dr. Porter has worked in the fields of evaluation and injury and violence prevention practice for over 10 years, and provides senior-level strategic leadership and management of all of the association’s program, policy, and evaluation initiatives. Dr. Porter also provides evaluation-related technical assistance and training to practitioners at local, state, and national-level organizations. Her research – which has focused on program and policy evaluation, active transportation policy, and transportation-related injury – has been published in the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Dr. Porter earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Health Policy & Administration from Wake Forest University, her Master of Public Health degree from Mercer University School of Medicine, and her Doctor of Public Health degree from The University of Georgia College of Public Health.

    Tony Gomez

    Public Health-Seattle & King County

    Tony Gomez is the Manager of Violence and Injury Prevention at Public Health-Seattle and King County and is also a Clinical Faculty Instructor at the University of Washington in the School of Public Health.  Mr. Gomez has worked in the public health/injury prevention field for over 30 years and has published numerous papers on drowning prevention, firearm safety, traffic safety and other public health issues. He currently serves as an At-Large Member on the Safe States Alliance Executive Board and co-chairs the Policy Committee.  He established the Seattle-King County Traffic Safety Coalition in 1998 and still serves as Project Director. He co-established the Washington Statewide Drowning Prevention Network along leaders from Seattle Children's Hospital.

    Elizabeth “Tizzy” Bennett

    Director Community Health & Engagement

    Elizabeth 'Tizzy' Bennett is the director of Community Health and Engagement at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Tizzy has led a number of drowning prevention and water safety programs for over 25 years including the Stay on Top of It campaign to increase life jacket use, Washington State Drowning Prevention Network, Everyone Swims, development of life jacket loaner programs and a multiyear statewide policy and systems change strategy. She has a Master's in Public Health and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. 

  • State Abbreviations for Vessel Numbering

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    Two letter state abbreviations developed by the U.S. Coast Guard following the adoption of the Federal Boating Act of 1958.

    Two letter state abbreviations developed by the U.S. Coast Guard following the adoption of the Federal Boating Act of 1958.

  • BUI/Seated SFST Instructor Webinar

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    This BUI/Seated SFST Instructor Webinar discusses new instructor credential requirements, an overview of NASBLA’S BUI Program, the courses available through the BUI Program, and a few upcoming program-related projects. Participation and successful completion of the quiz is required to maintain your instructor credential.

    This BUI/Seated SFST Instructor Webinar discusses new instructor credential requirements, an overview of NASBLA’S BUI Program, the courses available through the BUI Program, and a few upcoming program-related projects. Participation and successful completion of the quiz is required to maintain your instructor credential.  

    Richard Moore

    BUI Program Manager

    Richard Moore serves as the national BUI Program Manager for NASBLA and has been a leader in BUI training and enforcement efforts at both the state and national level since the mid-1990s. He retired from state employment with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement in March of 2017.   In that position, he served as the manager of the Boating and Waterways Section and was designated as Florida’s Boating Law Administrator for 15 years. With more than 27 years of fish, wildlife and boating law enforcement experience, his professional role included oversight of Florida’s boating safety, boating access and waterway management efforts.

  • NASBLA BOAT Program Officer Water Survival Training - Texas 2014

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    The Officer Water Survival course is a hands-on course that prepares the Marine Law Enforcement Officer for survival in the water – either by an unexpected fall or during an altercation.

    The Officer Water Survival course is a hands-on course that prepares the Marine Law Enforcement Officer for survival in the water – either by an unexpected fall or during an altercation.

  • BOAT Program- TOC

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    Video overview of the Tactical Operators Course

    This course is designed to enhance capabilities of students with the knowledge and skills necessary to appropriately react to threats in the maritime community. Training offered will be the same tactics, techniques and procedures that the U.S. Coast Guard uses to train its boat operators and will ensure seamless integration into security operations among federal, state, county, local and tribal maritime law enforcement officers and agencies. Active duty USCG and sworn marine law enforcement officers ONLY.

  • NASBLA’s BOAT Program

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    Video of John Fetterman's presentation to the 2012 Joint Conference on Harbor Safety Committees and Area Maritime Security Committees, August 29, 2012

    Maj. John Fetterman (ret.), Deputy CEO Advocacy, Enforcement & Officer Training
    Presentation to the 2012 Joint Conference on Harbor Safety Committees and Area Maritime Security Committees, August 29, 2012

  • The Aftermath of Harvey & Irma... Now is the Time to Talk about UCOTVA

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    The two largest storms of 2017- Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, resulted in 63,000 damaged insured boats. However, in both Texas and Florida, insurance is not a requirement for boating so the true loss and damage is significantly higher. These boats (especially those without insurance) are going back on the market and being sold to unknowing buyers without full disclosure due to lack of branding for vessels in states. Because of these storms, interest in UCOTVA is at an all-time high. Now is the time to have conversations and education about the importance of titling across all states and the inclusion of branding. Kaitlin Wolff of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) can help you shape bills and push momentum in your states.

    The two largest storms of 2017- Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, resulted in 63,000 damaged insured boats. However, in both Texas and Florida, insurance is not a requirement for boating so the true loss and damage is significantly higher. These boats (especially those without insurance) are going back on the market and being sold to unknowing buyers without full disclosure due to lack of branding for vessels in states. Because of these storms, interest in UCOTVA is at an all-time high. Now is the time to have conversations and education about the importance of titling across all states and the inclusion of branding. Kaitlin Wolff of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) can help you shape bills and push momentum in your states.

    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.

    Kaitlin Wolff

    Legislative Counsel • ULC

    As Legislative Counsel to the Uniform Law Commission, Kaitlin Wolff works to enact uniform acts in all 50 state legislatures, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Kaitlin provides legislative support for uniform acts in the areas of dispute resolution, civil procedure, business organizations, consumer protection, and personal property. Some of the uniform acts in her legislative portfolio include: the Uniform Certificate of Title for Vessels Act (UCOTVA), the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (UIDDA), the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (ULLCA), and the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (RUUPA).

    Kaitlin supports Uniform Law Commissioners during the study, drafting, and enactment process of uniform acts by performing legal research, analyzing current statutes and pending legislation, negotiating and tracking bills, advising on the legislative process, and more.

  • Common Defense Strategies for the Seated Battery of Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs)

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    This session will cover common defense tactics to the Seated Battery of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and how through teamwork and prior planning we can meet these challenges. Catching impaired operators and "getting them off the water' is not enough.

    Officers across the nation are finding the Seated Battery of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests to be extremely useful in detecting and prosecuting impaired operators whether they are on the road or on the water. Law Enforcement Professionals realize that the Walk and Turn and One Leg Stand Tests are not always an option. Road conditions, physical limitations and gross impairment are just some of the factors that limit an officer's ability to gather valuable and important evidence when their training is limited to the standing battery of SFSTs. The demand for training in these tests among specialized traffic units and drug recognition experts will inevitably lead to more of these cases being tried in our nation’s court system. 

    Maritime law enforcement professionals will be leading the charge in educating their law enforcement partners and judicial officials on these tests, but their efforts must start with their local prosecutor. A strong prosecutor / officer team is the only way to effectively prosecute impaired operators who are threatening our constituents on the road and on the water. This session will cover common defense tactics to the Seated Battery of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and how through teamwork and prior planning we can meet these challenges. Catching impaired operators and "getting them off the water' is not enough. 

    To effectively change the attitude about impaired operation in our country we must be able to convict the subjects who make the choice to operate under the influence of an impairing substance. This can be extremely difficult to do if your psycho physical tests are not admitted as evidence at trial.

    Jordan Ford

    Assistant Attorney General • North Carolina Department of Justice

    Jordan was born and raised in Southeastern North Carolina but has called Raleigh his home for the past thirteen years. After graduating from North Carolina State University, Jordan attended North Carolina Central University School of Law. Jordan began his career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Wanda G. Bryant at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He then spent five years as an Assistant District Attorney with the Johnston County District Attorney’s Office in Smithfield, NC. As a prosecutor, Jordan specialized in impaired driving cases and child sexual offenses. Earlier this year, Jordan joined the Motor Vehicles section at the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office. In his new position as an Assistant Attorney General, Jordan’s responsibilities include representing the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles and handling criminal appeals on behalf of the State of North Carolina.

  • New Life Jacket Labels Hitting the Market - What You Need to Know

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    New Life Jacket Labels Hitting the Market - What You Need to Know

    New Life Jacket Labels Hitting the Market - What You Need to Know

    Brian Rehwinkel

    Education Coordinator, Florida Fish & Wildlife

    Brian Rehwinkel is with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Law Enforcement’s Boating & Waterways Section.Brian has been with FWC since February 2005 working as the outreach and education coordinator with the boating safety program.He has been a member of NASBLA’s Outreach and Education Committee and is also a member of the National Safe Boating Council’s Wear It Tiger Team.As a native Floridian, he is proud of all his work make the waters of Florida safer for all boaters. 

  • Utilizing Drone Technology in All Aspects of Your Boating Safety Programs

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    Utilizing Drone Technology in All Aspects of Your Boating Safety Programs

    Utilizing Drone Technology in All Aspects of Your Boating Safety Programs

    Kerry Moher

    Vice-President Business Development • Fresh Air Educators

    For the past fifteen years, Kerry Moher has been at the forefront of online education innovation in the outdoor recreation field. Kerry’s leadership begins in recreational boating, where he is the original author of BOATERexam.com, a leading online course that has provided safety certifications to over 1 million boaters, and has worked closely with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) on national standards for online boating education. Building on that leadership, Kerry has worked to bring innovations from online boating education to other outdoor activities, such as hunting and ATV operation, establishing partnerships with dozens of state agencies to make online education available to their residents. Fresh Air Educators now provides 125 online courses through more than 50 government agencies. Most recently, Kerry has been working with experts in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to leverage online training as a key tool for providing safety and ethics training to the millions of new commercial and recreational drone users around the world.

    Dave Considine

    BOAT Program Director • NASBLA

    Dave Considine came to NASBLA in March 2011 after retiring from the USCG. Considine became the BOAT Program’s Response Course Program Manager.In 2015 Considine became the BOAT Program Coordinator, overseeing the day-to-day operational logistics for the program.In November of 2016 Considine was promoted to the National Director for the BOAT Program.

    Before joining the NASBLA Staff, Considine was a Senior Chief Boatswain Mate in the United States Coast Guard.He attained the qualification of Surfman in 1996, the highest small boat qualification in the Coast Guard.Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Considine was assigned to Boston’s Harbor Defense Team as a Tactical Boat Coxswain and Boarding Officer, and became the Supervisor of the Harbor Defense Team until 2003. Considine was then assigned to Group/Sector Boston as a Homeland Security Watchstander and Ready for Operations Team supervisor. He was assigned as the Officer in Charge of Motor Lifeboat Station Chatham on Cape Cod from 2005 – 2008. Considine was then assigned to the First Coast Guard Districts Field Intelligence Support Team as an Intelligence Officer until his retirement in 2011. 

    Considine was the Assistant Fire Chief at the South Hampton NH Fire Department following his retirement from the Coast Guard.He has been a Professional Ski Patroller at Loon Mountain for 29 years.He lives in South Hampton, NH with his wife Nancy, and two children, Kylie and Conor. He is an active Rotarian, and continues to fly as a “Flying Santa” for the Friends of Flying Santa program that delivers toys at the holidays to the children of Active Duty Coast Guard personnel.