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  • Boating Alaska

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    A look at recreational boating in Alaska

    This presentation offers a look at recreational boating and boating safety efforts in Alaska.

    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.

    Michael Folkerts

    RBS Specialist, 17th District U.S. Coast Guard

    Mike Folkerts was appointed to his current position on the Seventeenth Coast Guard District staff in June of 2001.Mike coordinates the Coast Guards’ recreational and subsistence boating and water safety programs in Alaska and is responsible for policy planning and both education and enforcement outreach related to federal boating laws and best water/ice safety practices.Mike also works as the 17th District’s primary liaison to the State of Alaska’s Office of Boating Safety, the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and other public boating safety organizations and the boating-related media.He has been a contributor to several publications including Boating Life, Boating Magazine, Alaska Boating and Soundings.Mike is a Team Coordination Training facilitator (Coast Guard’s Risk Management program) and has taught numerous train-the-trainer classes around the country including classes at the Coast Guard Training Center in Petaluma, CA.

    Mike has been a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary since 1996 and has held many offices including 17th District Commodore.He is a U.S. Army veteran and enjoys both his personal and professional time on the waters of Alaska since 1975.

  • The Evolution of Knowledge Standard to Core-Plus

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    Exploration of the draft Core-Plus Outcome-based format for new American National Standards for Boating Knowledge.

    This session will explore the draft Core-Plus Outcome-based format for new American National Standards for Boating Knowledge. These standards are used as the foundation for NASBLA course approval, resulting in approximately 500,000 course certificates awarded annually. The ‘Core’ format begins with common information shared by all boating disciplines, with additional ‘Plus’ information for power boating, water-jet propelled, sailing, and human-propelled activity. The outcome based re-design brings additional alignment between the knowledge and on-water skill standards. This session will share the latest drafts open for public review and comment.

    Amanda Perez

    Director of Education, BoatUS Foundation

    Amanda Pérez has been educating recreational boaters with the BoatU.S. Foundation for over 13 years. In her current role as Director of Education, she manages the free online boating safety course, specialized courses, website and other online assets and media as well as the team of developers, designers and project managers who keep those programs running.

    Amanda serves on the National Education Standards Panel whose mission is to “Establish and maintain recreational boating education standards to increase safety on our nation’s waterways.” In addition, Amanda also serves on the NASBLA Education and Outreach committee, helping to shape boating safety marketing and education best practices.

    A lifelong boater, Amanda has spent nearly her entire career working in the boating industry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Towson University and a Master of Arts from St. John’s College.

    Jeff Wheeler

    Deputy Chief, USCG Office of Boat Forces; Chair, Education Standards Panel

    Jeff Wheeler is the Deputy Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Boat Forces located at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. The Office of Boat Forces enables mission performance in support of the strategic goals of the Coast Guard, providing human capital and capabilities necessary to effectively operate boats to meet Coast Guard mission requirements.

    He came to Boat Forces in 2000 while still on active duty, assuming the role of Manager, Boat Crew Training and Doctrine. In this capacity, he was responsible for the management, oversight and development of the service-wide boat crew training program and boat readiness and standardization program. Mr. Wheeler retired from active duty in 2003 and continued to serve the Office of Boat Forces in a civilian capacity. In 2008, Mr. Wheeler assumed the Deputy Chief position in which he is responsible for assisting the office Chief in the direct supervision, management and strategic development of the Boat Forces program. 

    Prior to his assignments within the Office of Boat Forces, Mr. Wheeler served at multiple operational field commands throughout the country performing law enforcement, search and rescue, and aids to navigation missions. Mr. Wheeler has held numerous operational and boat competencies within the Coast Guard, including Surfman, which have provided a profound knowledge of boat operations and mission requirements. He attended the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville VA in 2009.

    Bob Brandenstein

    Past Vice Commander, United States Power Squadrons

    Bob is a life member and Past Vice Commander of United State Power Squadrons. He served as USPS National Educational Officer from 2012 through 2015. He also has served four years with the national Public Education Directorate of the United Sates Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is in his third year of service on NASBLA’s Education Standards Panel, and is a past Commissioner of NASBLA’s Certified Recreational Boating Professional program. 

    Bob and his wife Jane, also a Past District Commander of USPS, have cruised extensively under sail along the East Coast from Nantucket to Florida. They have also sailed bareboats in the Caribbean, and on cruises along all four coasts. They keep a 35’ sailboat on Lake Erie at the Ashtabula Yacht Club, where Bob is Past Commodore.

    Bob is retired corporate banker of Mellon Financial Corp. He now is a boating educator, itinerant jazz musician, and occasional Yoga teacher. He is also a licensed Coast Guard Captain Master of power and sailing vessels on the Great Lakes and Inland waters, and an instrument-trained Private Pilot.

  • Sharing the Waterways & Conflict Management

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    This presentation will review current practices of waterway management and policy development, and look at a direction forward to improve application, acceptance, and compliance .

    A challenge identified in the U.S. Coast Guard Strategic Plan states, “RBS program management activities need clear direction for the next wave of effective implementation.”It further reads,“Some policy and regulatory interventions and requirements are outdated. Laws and policies must be continuously reviewed and if necessary, revised to accommodate advances …”.This presentation will review current practices of waterway management and policy development, and look at a direction forward to improve application, acceptance, and compliance with best practices to address user conflict and safety.

    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.

    Gary Klein

    Captain, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

    Captain Gary Klein works for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement and is responsible for the Waterway Management team within the Boating and Waterways Section. He has served in this capacity since 2013. Gary was selected as Florida’s Boating Law Administrator in 2017. Previously, he served as a field Captain responsible for FWC’s law enforcement operations in Nassau, Duval (Jacksonville), Clay, Bradford and Baker Counties within Florida for seven years.

    With more than 25 years of fish, wildlife and boating law enforcement experience, his current professional role includes oversight of Florida’s waterway management efforts. This involves coordinating with other state, local and federal agencies on boating restricted areas, participating in the development of state and federal boating-related legislation, and consensus-building with a wide variety of stakeholders.

    Prior to joining the FWC, Captain Klein obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill.While serving as an Officer with FWC, Captain Klein completed law school at Florida State University. He then served as a prosecutor in the 4th Judicial Circuit (Jacksonville).

    Originally from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Gary has now lived in Florida for the last 28 years.

    Larry Meddock

    Executive Director, WSIA

    Larry Meddock has been in the Water Sports Industry for nearly 50 years. He began his career in San Diego as the product manager for Cut’N Jump Water Skies in 1971.

    Larry left Cut’N Jump for a brief stay in the motion picture industry and became the technical director for the Walt Disney movie, Freaky Friday. From there Larry was recruited to become the director of marketing for Correct Craft Boats in Florida. Larry became VP of Marketing and Special Events and had a successful career at Correct Craft for 26 years.

    After Larry’s retirement in 2004, he became the Executive Director of the Water Sports Industry Association. During the next 11 years of his leadership in the WSIA he became a member of The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC).He held that seat for 6 years. The WSIA formed the Water Sports Foundation in 2004, the 501(c) 3 Educational Arm, of the WSIA. 

    Larry is currently Chairman of the Board of the WSIA and enjoys building and flying RC airplanes and helicopters, playing tennis and riding his Harley in his off hours.

  • Recreational Boating Safety Visual Dashboards

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    This session reviews the most recent additions to the RBS dashboards.

    Did you know there are tens of thousands of data points exhibited on nearly 20 uniquely named Recreational Boating Safety Dashboards on the NASBLA website? This session will review the most recent additions including:
    1. National Boating Incident Data
    2. Paddlecraft Incidents & Fatalities
    3. Recreational Vessel Registration & Titling
    4. Texas State-Specific Data
    5. Boating Under the Influence

    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.

    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.

    Alex Otte

    Water Safety Advocate

    Alex Otte is a contractor with NASBLA working primarily on boating under the influence research and boater education campaigns. Before joining NASBLA, Otte came to the boating and water safety community in 2010 after a traumatic boating crash involving an intoxicated boater, who was later charged with a BUI. Otte graduated from the University of Kentucky in December of 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is directly involved with the community and legislative efforts of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the National Amputee Coalition, in addition to her involvement with NASBLA, the NSBC and Waves of Hope. She is also a nationally certified peer mentor for the National Amputee Coalition.

  • Enhanced Surveillance of Non-fatal Boating Injuries

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    The Panel will provide an overview of the the Recreational Boat Occupant Injury Surveillance Roundtable's initial findings and recommendations for future efforts.​

    Since 2016, the Education Committee’s Passenger Safety Charge Team has been considering potential data sources other than the USCG Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) to create a multidimensional view of the underlying causes of and possible interventions for boating injuries. With funding support from a US Coast Guard non-profit grant, NASBLA contracted with Safe States Alliance to conduct a roundtable meeting between boating safety and public health injury surveillance experts to look at hospital and emergency room data collection processes already in existence. Results of the project effort is a Roundtable report to be published in late fall 2019 including a list of recommendations for how to address known gaps in non-fatal incident reporting. The Panel will provide an overview of initial findings and recommendations for future efforts.

    Pam Dillon (Moderator)

    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.

    Kelli Toth

    Boating Safety Consultant, Underway USA

    Kelli M. Toth is a life-long Alaskan who enjoys the outdoors and being on the water. She received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in marketing and a minor in Psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She joined the Alaska Office of Boating Safety team in 2011, as Education Specialist and spokesperson and then Education Coordinator. Her primary responsibility included development, implementation, and evaluation of the Kids Don’t Float education program, outreach efforts of the Alaska Office of Boating Safety, and media relations. After seven and a half years with the Alaska Office of Boating Safety she joined the State of Alaska Division of Public Health in her role as Injury Prevention Coordinator, and recently moved on as a consultant to continue advocating and educating others who want to join the drowning prevention team. Kelli continues her eighth year of service to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Education and Outreach committee and is a charge team leader of the Passenger Safety standard.

    Kelli was awarded the Boating Educator of the Year for the State of Alaska in 2015 and 2016. Kelli was recognized as the Boating Educator of the Year by the Western States Boating Administrators Association in 2017 and received the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators National Boating Educator of the Year award in 2017.

    She was an integral partner on the “Float Coat Song” project with the partnership of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the Kingikmiut Dancers and Singers of Anchorage which received the 2017 National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, Innovations in Outreach award and it also was recognized by the World Health Organization’s International Safety Media Awards in Bangkok, Thailand. 

    Cody Jones

    Boating Law Administrator, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

    Cody is an Assistant Commander Game Warden assigned as the state of Texas Boating Law Administrator. Cody also serves on NASBLA’s Executive Board as the current Vice President of the Association. Cody is a native of Texas and resides in Dripping Springs with his wife Honey and three children Kylie, Cage and Cullen.

    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.

  • Pennsylvania Swift Water Rescue Course & FEMA Approved Courses Overview

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    Break out session covered the program and how to attain the training through the FEMA catalog.​

    In a time of interoperability and National Standards the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s water rescue program has been recognized by FEMA as nationally recognized training. Training to fit the needs of any agency; Awareness Level for the responding officer to Operations/Technician courses for advanced or team response. Break out session to familiarize attendees with the program and how to attain the training through the FEMA catalog.

    Corey Britcher

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

    Colonel Corey Britcher has been the director of the PFBC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement for the last seven years. He has been with the agency for 22 years serving as a WCO in the busy Southern Huntingdon (Raystown Lake) district before promoting to Sergeant and then Captain in the Southcentral Region. A strong advocate for the Recreational Boating Safety and Water Rescue programs, both were moved under his purview in a recent agency reorganization. As part of this reorganization, COL Britcher serves as Pennsylvania’s Boating Law Administrator and currently chairs NASBLA’s Law Enforcement and Training Committee. He was recently recognized by the Higgins & Langley Memorial Awards Committee with an award for Program Development for the PFBC SWERT (Swift Water Emergency Response Team). Other accolades include the Agency’s Officer of the Year, Top Gun, Life Saving, and Outstanding Service awards.
    Larry Furlong, Assistant Bureau Director of Law Enforcement, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

    Larry Furlong

    Assistant Bureau Director of Law Enforcement, Pa. Fish & Boat Commission

    Larry Furlong is an Assistant Bureau Director of Law Enforcement for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. His duties include direct supervision of the three southern region Captains, TAC officer for the CLEAN/JNET usage for the agency, and the bureau’s quartermaster. Specialized duties include Commander for the PA Fish and Boat Commission Swiftwater Emergency Response Team as well as a member of the PA HART, the International Association of Water Rescue Professionals, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the Governor’s Advisory Council for Veterans Services. He graduated from the police academy in December of 2001 and from the PA Fish and Boat Commission academy in August of 2002. His first patrol zone was Central Allegheny County which included the Three Rivers in Pittsburgh. In 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he directly supervised 13 field officers. In 2013 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. He is a husband, a father, a musician, an Eagle Scout and a US Navy Veteran.

  • So, You Think You Know What Interactivity Means

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    How NASBLAs interactive standard for online courses will bring the ANSI standards for power boating to life for students.

    Come experience how NASBLAs interactive standard for online courses will bring the ANSI standards for power boating to life for students. If your state isn't sure about how an interactive class will make better boaters - this session is for you.

    Stacey Brown

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

  • Recreational Boating Incident Reporting Project

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    Recreational Boating Incident Reporting Project Project briefing and Q&A.

    Recreational Boating Incident Reporting Project Project briefing and Q&A.

    Deborah A. Gona, PhD

    Engineering, Reporting & Analysis Committee Staff; NASBLA Research Consultant

  • 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

    Deputy Chief, USCG Office of Boat Forces; Chair, Education Standards Panel

    Jeff Wheeler is the Deputy Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Boat Forces located at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. The Office of Boat Forces enables mission performance in support of the strategic goals of the Coast Guard, providing human capital and capabilities necessary to effectively operate boats to meet Coast Guard mission requirements.

    He came to Boat Forces in 2000 while still on active duty, assuming the role of Manager, Boat Crew Training and Doctrine. In this capacity, he was responsible for the management, oversight and development of the service-wide boat crew training program and boat readiness and standardization program. Mr. Wheeler retired from active duty in 2003 and continued to serve the Office of Boat Forces in a civilian capacity. In 2008, Mr. Wheeler assumed the Deputy Chief position in which he is responsible for assisting the office Chief in the direct supervision, management and strategic development of the Boat Forces program. 

    Prior to his assignments within the Office of Boat Forces, Mr. Wheeler served at multiple operational field commands throughout the country performing law enforcement, search and rescue, and aids to navigation missions. Mr. Wheeler has held numerous operational and boat competencies within the Coast Guard, including Surfman, which have provided a profound knowledge of boat operations and mission requirements. He attended the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville VA in 2009.

    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.