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  • Education Coordinator Orientation Webinar

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This webinar, hosted by members of the NASBLA Policy and Best Practice Subcommittee provides an overview of NASBLA programs/resources and other national partnering efforts in support of the RBS program.

    This webinar, hosted by members of the NASBLA Policy and Best Practice Subcommittee provides an overview of NASBLA programs/resources and other national partnering efforts in support of the RBS program.

  • Spring Aboard Campaign

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Watch this Spring Aboard Campaign Webinar to learn how your agency or organization can assess FREE campaign resources and participate.

    Spring Aboard: Take a Boating Course is a national campaign to inform and motivate boaters to prepare for the boating season by providing information on how to find and enroll in boating courses of all levels. The campaign runs for one week: March 18-24, 2018.

    Watch this Spring Aboard Campaign Webinar to learn how your agency or organization can assess FREE campaign resources and participate. This campaign is sponsored under a USCG grant.

    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. 

    Keith Christopher

    National Director, Sea Scouts - Boy Scouts of America

    Jennifer Dadamo

    BoatUS Foundation

    Dana Senholzi

    BoatUS Foundation

  • Cold Water Immersion - An Overview Course

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Learn about “cold water,” "cold water immersion", the 1-10-1 Principal why wearing a life jacket will increase your chances of survival in cold water.

    In Cold Water Immersion - An Overview Course you’ll learn to define “cold water,” learn to define four stages of cold water immersion, explain the 1-10-1 Principal and explain why wearing a life jacket will increase your chances of survival in cold water.

  • Department of Defense Human Factors Analysis and Classification System – A Mishap Investigation and Data Analysis Tool

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The Department of Defense Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) is a mishap investigation and data analysis tool that provides for the cross-feed of human error data using a common human error categorization system that involves human factors.

    The Department of Defense Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) is a mishap investigation and data analysis tool that provides for the cross-feed of human error data using a common human error categorization system that involves human factors. This system is accepted among the DoD Components and U.S. Coast Guard.

    Robert C. Goley

    Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate (Ret.)

    Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate Robert Goley assumed command of Station Chatham in June 2012 and continues his collaboration with NASBLA as the Coast Guard Field Representative for the BOAT Program Advisory Board. His immediate previous assignment was an extremely successful and rewarding four-year tour as the Officer In Charge of Station Rio Vista, California, where his unit hosted the first official NASBLA BOAT Program Tactical Operator’s Course, earning him national recognition in building partnerships between federal, state, and local maritime first responders. Senior Chief Goley first entered the U. S. Coast Guard in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University, holds a Captain, 100-ton (with towing endorsement) merchant mariner’s license, and is a certified operational risk management and team coordination facilitator.

  • Interstate Boating Violators Compact

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    ​The Boating Violator Compact parallels the process related to the Driver License Compact and the Wildlife Violator Compact.

    The Boating Violator Compact parallels the process related to the Driver License Compact and the Wildlife Violator Compact. Georgia and South Carolina passed legislation this year to become the first two states to create the Interstate Boating Violator Compact (IBVC). There are many benefits to boaters and participating states. Learn how to make your boating patrols more efficient and increase public boating on bordering lakes and rivers. No additional costs for personnel or equipment are required to participate in the compact. States share information via an electronic database related to suspensions for boating violations.

    Mike England

    Georgia DNR, Law Enforcement Division

    Captain Mike England is a 24-year veteran with the Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Division. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Biology/ Chemistry from Piedmont College, England began his career with Georgia DNR in 1991 and is currently serving as captain over special projects at headquarters. England attended Law Enforcement Command College and received his master’s degree in Public Administration in 2008 and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 237. Captain England was the Georgia Boating Officer of The Year in 2000. He has served on several NASBLA committees each year since 2000 and is currently serving on the VIRT Committee. 

    Mike Sabaka

    South Carolina DNR, Law Enforcement Division

    Captain Mike Sabaka has been an officer with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division since 1989. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and a master’s degree in criminal justice. His career as an officer included many years working as a marine theft investigator and marine fatalities investigator. He has a strong passion for boating law enforcement and boating safety issues. In his current position as an administrative captain, he serves as a legislative liaison for the law enforcement division. In this capacity he worked with the South Carolina state legislature to bring the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact and the Interstate Boating Violators Compact to South Carolina.

  • Understanding Twitter Ride-alongs and Effective Uses of Social Media in Conservation Law Enforcement

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The session will cover the pitfalls, risks and achievements that Texas obtained using this unique outreach technique on both land and water.

    This session, designed for leaders, walks participants through effective use of social media in conservation law enforcement, specifically Facebook and Twitter. The exploration includes discussion of how to smartly conduct live ride-along events and how to achieve maximum constituent reach, particularly without buying keywords. The session will cover the pitfalls, risks and achievements that Texas obtained using this unique outreach technique on both land and water. It will also offer examples of relevant partners (including NASBLA) to utilize when creating a social media presence. It ends with forecasts for where social media is heading, including discussion of new social media intelligence monitoring tools used in law enforcement.

    Michael Mitchell

    Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

    Lieutenant Michael Mitchell coordinates technology and special projects for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, which includes 518 sworn game wardens. In his current assignment, Mitchell is responsible for executing the division’s strategic technology plan. He also acts as the point person for technology-related projects implementations, to include RMS, state databases, mobile fingerprint readers, mobile communicating devices, applications, social media, and internal/external web sites. Among other initiatives, the division is implementing officer-level tablets and apps. A U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master and Naval destroyerman, Lieutenant Mitchell has extensive experience in Gulf of Mexico coastal boat patrol, which includes GIS, AIS, and sonar imaging background. Prior to his current assignment, Mitchell was a field-level game warden for almost 10 years.

  • Electrical Shock Drowning

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    In this session we will discuss and review the details and causes of ESD incidents, including a case study from July 4, 2012, on Tennessee’s Cherokee Lake.

    Electric shock drowning (ESD) cases have become a major concern and an important part of boating safety. In this session we will discuss and review the details and causes of ESD incidents, including a case study from July 4, 2012, on Tennessee’s Cherokee Lake. Because of this tragic incident, legislation was proposed and placed into law in Tennessee to protect against stray voltage from entering water from marinas’ electrical services and the vessels utilizing the electricity. Details of the legislation will be discussed. Highlights will be discussed from other states that have also recently introduced similar legislation or have already passed bills to protect against electric shock drowning. 

    George Birdwell

    Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

    George Birdwell, a lifelong resident of Tennessee, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville  Wildlife and Fisheries Science. Birdwell started his career with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in 1998 as a wildlife technician. In 2000, he promoted to wildlife manager, and then in 2002, he transferred to a wildlife officer position in Unicoi County. In 2004, he became a full-time boating officer where he began to investigate many of the accidents occurring in his work district. Birdwell was promoted to statewide boating investigator in 2012. He assists in boat accident investigations, vessel theft investigations, and boat accident and BUI training throughout the state. Birdwell has assisted the NSBC Close-Quarter and Open Water Boat Control program as a master instructor, and he serves on the VIRT Committee for NASBLA. 

  • Children’s Programs & Getting Programs Into Schools

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This discussion will include a brief description of how the Kids Don’t Float program was designed and implemented, and its continuing evolution.

    Results from a recent poll by the NASBLA Education & Outreach Committee shows that boating law administrators are interested in implementing children’s boating safety programs, provided that a standard course curriculum is developed. In addition to a lack of a standard curriculum, roadblocks to successful implementation identified also included static class scheduling and requirements that teachers strictly adhere to the Common Core Federal standards.

    One example of a children’s boating safety program that has overcome these obstacles is Alaska’s Kids Don’t Float. This discussion will include a brief description of how the Kids Don’t Float program was designed and implemented, and its continuing evolution. Most importantly, this presentation will describe how anyone can implement a children’s boating safety program in their state. 

    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. 

  • Life Jacket Labelling Update

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Life Jacket Labelling Update

    Life Jacket Labelling Update

    Jacqi Yurkovich

    USCG Lifesaving & Fire Safety Division

  • Uniform Certificate of Titling for Vessels Act (UCOTA): Enacting In Your State

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Uniform Certificate of Titling for Vessels Act (UCOTA): Enacting In Your State

    Uniform Certificate of Titling for Vessels Act (UCOTA): Enacting In Your State

    E.M. Miller

    Chairman,ULC Enactment Committee, UCOTVA

    Mr. Miller served as the Director of the Division of Legislative Services of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1988 until July of 2011. Prior to 1988, he was the Staff Director of the Senate Finance Committee of the Virginia General Assembly. He has worked in the legislative branch since graduating law school in 1972 in the capacity of staff attorney, budget analyst, and as director. He holds a J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a B. A. degree from the University of Richmond.He is licensed to practice law in Virginia and North Carolina and is a member of the Virginia Code Commission. He has been a member of the Uniform Law Commission (NCCUSL) since 1988 and a life member of NCCUSL since 2008. He is now in general private practice covering a broad range of subjects, including representing parties and consulting with businesses in State legislative matters.

    More relative to our NASBLA workshop, Esson served as chairman of the two-year ULC drafting committee on UCOTVA which was adopted by the ULC in 2011 and now serves as chairman of the ULC enactment committee for UCOTVA. He was instrumental in getting UCOTVA adopted in Virginia in 2013, the acts first state of adoption.