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  • 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

  • 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.

  • Indiana DNR Cave Rescue & K9 Units

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    The Indiana DNR Cave Rescue Team will provide a brief overview of the Team, it’s capabilities and training, incidents, and interoperability with other agencies and responders.

    The Indiana DNR Cave Rescue Team will provide a brief overview of the Team, it’s capabilities and training, incidents, and interoperability with other agencies and responders.

    Jim Hash

    Coordinator • ICO Cave Rescue Team

    A graduate of Indiana University, Jim started with the Law enforcement Division in 1998, and has been coordinator of the Cave Rescue Team since 2005.His current duty assignment is in Operational District 8, Harrison County.Jim’s extra duties also include serving as a Boat Accident Investigator, Division Spokesperson, Field Training Officer, ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) operator, and serving as one of the Divisions’ representatives on the Indiana Hunter Education Board.In his off time, Jim enjoys playing billiards, cycling, kayaking, and trapshooting. 

    Jeff Milner

    Officer • Indiana Department of Natural Resources

    Officer Jeffrey Milner has been an Indiana Conservation Officer since 1993 and a K9 Handler since the inception of Indiana DNR’s highly successful K9 program in 1997. He has instructed all twelve of our K9 Schools. Officer Milner is a current member of the K9 Team and onto his third K9 partner. He began training dogs while in his teens, but became serious in the early 1990s when he trained and field trialed upland bird and waterfowl hunting dogs. Officer Milner is one of the founders of the Canine Resource Protection Program. He sets a high standard for himself on the product he produces with each and every K9 School. In 2002, Officer Milner Received a Certificate of Award from the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association (NAWEOA) for his efforts as a founder and ambassador of the highly successful Indiana Resource Protection K9 Program. In 2012, he received the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies award for Outstanding Work in the Field of Conservation Law Enforcement for his continued work in promoting and sharing information with sister agencies on starting and expanding their own Resource Protection K9 Programs.

  • Overview of the U.S. Recreational Boating Industry

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    Thom Dammrich provides overview of the state of the recreational boating industry and where the industry is headed in the coming years.

    Thom Dammrich will provide an overview of the state of the recreational boating industry and where the industry is headed in the coming years along with an overview of the legislative and regulatory challenges affecting the industry and recreational boaters.

    Thom Dammrich

    President • National Marine Manufacturers Association

    Under Thom Dammrich’s leadership at National Marine, the association represents 1,300 marine industry members that produce 80 percent of the recreational boating products currently sold in North America.NMMA is the industry’s unifying force working to promote and protect recreational boating.NMMA supports these objectives through timely research and industry data, providing sales and marketing opportunities, and working tirelessly to keep recreational boating top of mind with consumers and legislators at the federal and state level.

    Most notably, Dammrich has been instrumental in helping bring together the industry with the Grow Boating Initiative.From this project, the Discover Boating campaign was refined asan industry-wide effort to promote the boating lifestyle, improve the boating experience and increase participation.The results have been optimized sales of marine products and services, and expanded research on boaters.

    Dammrich furthers his involvement and commitment to recreational boating interests by serving on several marine-industry boards such as International Council of Marine Industry Associations, the Center for Sportfishing Policy, the American Recreation Coalition, as well as fishing and yachting councils. 

  • Hiring Crisis in Law Enforcement

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    Hiring law enforcement officers today is a difficult task nationwide. A panel of state representatives involved in the hiring strategies for their agencies will discuss the processes and tactics they use and will discuss the successes they've seen and the challenges they face.

    Hiring law enforcement officers today is a difficult task nationwide. A panel of state representatives involved in the hiring strategies for their agencies will discuss the processes and tactics they use and will discuss the successes they've seen and the challenges they face.  

    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.

    David Pfiffner

    Boating Law Administrator (Ret.), Nevada Department of Wildlife

    Adam Gormely

    LIeutenant, Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

    Stephanie Weatherington

    Boating Law Administrator, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

  • Recreational Boating Safety Visual Dashboard

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    You’ve seen the Dashboard and have a wish list of features you want to find. Do the current charts provide the information you are looking for? How can you embed the various charts into your agency website or run printed reports for internal use? Curious about future charts using state-specific data? Join the Dashboard Team as we review future plans for this important tool. The Recreational Boating Safety Dashboard is supported with USCG Grant funding.

    You’ve seen the Dashboard and have a wish list of features you want to find. Do the current charts provide the information you are looking for? How can you embed the various charts into your agency website or run printed reports for internal use? Curious about future charts using state-specific data? Join the Dashboard Team as we review future plans for this important tool. The Recreational Boating Safety Dashboard is supported with USCG Grant funding.

    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.

    Tim Spice

    Boating Safety Education Manager • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

    Tim Spice is the Boater Education Manager with Texas Parks and Wildlife. He began his career in January 1995 as a Hunter Education and Boater Education Training Specialist. In 2014, Spice received the Educator of the Year award from the Southern States Association of Boating Law Administrators. He is currently a member of the Education Standards Panel and a Subcommittee Chair on NASBLA’s Education & Outreach Committee. He is also a certified instructor trainer for the National Safe Boating Council.