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  • National Recreational Boating Survey 2012

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    National Recreational Boating Survey 2012

    National Recreational Boating Survey 2012

    Vann Burgess

    USCG RBS Specialist

  • Parasailing Safety Standards

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    This session will discuss the WSIA’s efforts to develop, at the USCG’s request, National Parasailing Safety Standards utilizing the ASTM International Process.

    The parasail industry has been a non-regulated activity throughout the U.S., with a recent spike in parasail accidents. These accidents are of particular concern in Florida, which has more parasail operators per capita than any other state. Larry Meddock will discuss the WSIA’s efforts to develop, at the USCG’s request, National Parasailing Safety Standards utilizing the ASTM International Process. With Florida trying unsuccessfully for the last seven years to pass legislation regarding parasail operators, Larry will also discuss the WSIA’s work with Florida Senator Maria Sachs and Florida State Representative Gwendolyn Clarke-Reed to draft language to be used in proposed legislative action for the 2014 session.

    Larry Meddock

    Executive Director, WSIA

    Larry Meddock has been in the water sports industry for 40 years. He began his career in San Diego as product manager for Cut’N Jump Water Skies in 1971. Cut’N Jump was one of two manufacturers that produced vinyldipped Ensolite water ski jackets, which were the state-of-the-art in their day. Meddock left Cut’N Jump for a brief stint in the motion picture industry when he became the technical director for the Walt Disney movie Freaky Friday. From there Meddock was recruited as director of marketing for Correct Craft Boats in Florida. He became vice president of Marketing and Special Events and had a successful career at Correct Craft for 26 years.

    After retiring in 2004, Meddock became executive director of the Water Sports Industry Association. The WSIA formed the Water Sports Foundation in 2004 to focus on education. The WSF has received three grants from the Coast Guard to produce and promote a national outreach program on recreational boating safety. Meddock has served six years on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council and is a member of the Underwriters’ Laboratories Standards Technical Panel on Life Jackets.

  • Data Mining for Educators

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    ​This session provides an overview of available data from BARD and other accident data for use in teaching boating safety.

    This session provides an overview of available data from BARD and other accident data for use in teaching boating safety. The focus will be on methods to query available data with an understanding of BARD structure (in brief) and its direct impact and limitations on the queried results that are pulled (e.g., If you pull in data from the fatal table, you limit your queried results to only those records that relate to fatalities to the exclusion of all other accidents, etc.)

    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.

    Tammy Terry

    Boating Accident Program Manager

  • Idaho Boating Program – State and County Partnerships

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    This session will give a brief overview on the collaborative efforts between IDPR and the counties, including details about the in-state officer training that has been developed over the years.

    Idaho has a unique boating program in that county sheriffs – not state officers – are responsible for enforcing boating safety laws on the state’s waters. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) works closely with 33 county sheriff’s offices to provide funding for their respective marine law enforcement programs as well as boat safety education and outreach efforts. Capt. Kindig and Lt. Keyes will give a brief overview on the collaborative efforts between IDPR and the counties, including details about the in-state officer training that has been developed over the years.

    Dan Kindig

    Capt., Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office

    Capt. Dan Kindig has served with the Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office for the last 22 years. He holds a POST Advanced Certificate and has been working in marine law enforcement for over 19 years. Captain Kindig has been instrumental in developing, maintaining and overseeing the Marine Patrol Division of the Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office, including the dive/rescue team.

    He has attended numerous specialized marine training courses and serves as an instructor several Idaho training courses. Capt. Kindig also commands the Minidoka County Dive and SWAT teams. He was selected as the 2010 Idaho Marine Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. An avid paddlesports enthusiast, he is an ACA Level 1 Kayak Instructor. In addition to his other duties, he spends substantial time with boat safety education and public outreach.

    Ben Keyes

    Lieutenant

    Lt. Ben Keyes started his career with the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office as a full-time marine deputy in 1981 and has been integral part of the state boating program since. He was promoted to marine supervisor in 1986. Holding a POST Advanced Certificate, he has been instructing in the area of marine law enforcement and boating education for over 27 years. Lt. Keyes has attended numerous specialized marine training courses and serves as an instructor for several Idaho training courses. Lt. Keyes has also been involved in the development of course curriculum for many marine law enforcement training courses, is a member of the International Association of Marine Investigators, and is a certified rescue diver. He was selected as the State of Idaho Marine Law Enforcement Officer of year in 2006, and in 2008 he was selected to be one of four Master Instructors in the area of Marine Law Enforcement for the state of Idaho.

  • Joint Safety Marketing: Boat Safe, Road Safe

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    ​Boat Safe, Road Safe is a partnering concept for cross-promoting highway and water safety.

    Boat Safe, Road Safe is a partnering concept for cross-promoting highway and water safety. By combining life jacket wear and seat belt usage, BUI/BWI and DUI/DWI, and inattentive operation and distracted driving, we are able to reach a larger audience to reinforce safety messages and encourage the public to practice safe vehicle operation, no matter what mode of transportation they are using. Attendees will receive all logos and educational materials, which can be easily modified with their state-specific information.

    Erika Brooks

    Boating Education Coordinator, Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism

    Erika Brooks joined the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism in 2001 and has been the department’s boating education coordinator since 2004. Growing up in an outdoors family, she has always enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, and camping, and she uses her experiences to help with her educational programs. Erika graduated from Wichita State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in marketing, and she uses those skills to promote safe boating throughout Kansas in creative ways. She has been an active member of NASBLA’s Education Committee for seven years, and most recently she became the Policy & Best Practices Subcommittee Chair. Erika is also chairs the Boating Education Advisory Panel and teaches the New Boating Education Coordinator Training, which is held before the NASBLA Annual Conference.

  • Training Boating Education Instructors

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    This panel discussion will include an exploration of best practices for instructor selection, training methods, background checks, policy requirements, use of evaluations to improve programs, and certification requirements.​

    Does your state certify education program instructors? Want to explore policy and legal issues regarding instructor certification? This panel discussion will include an exploration of best practices for instructor selection, training methods, background checks, policy requirements, use of evaluations to improve programs, and certification requirements.

    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.

    MariAnn McKenzie

    Boater Education Coordinator, Oregon State Marine Board

    MariAnn joined the Oregon State Marine Board’s boating safety section in March 2006. As the boater education coordinator, she wears several hats including Jr. Boater Coordinator, the School Program Coordinator, the “Let’s Go Boating” Grant Program Coordinator and the project manager for the Non-Motorized Project linked to the Marine Board’s Strategic Plan. Recently she attained her ACA Level I & II Instructor Certifications. Previously, MariAnn worked for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, where she was as a wildlife technician for five years, the boating education coordinator for a year and a half, the boating facilities program manager for three and a half years, and the executive staff assistant to the Branch Chief of Support Services for one year. Before college, she attended the National Park Service Law Enforcement Training at Silva, North Carolina. She then worked as a seasonal Boat Patrol Law Enforcement Officer for the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, National Park Service. She was also a certified Emergency Medical Technician and worked several boating accidents. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor of science degree in biology, with an emphasis in fish and wildlife management.

    Emily King

    Training Director, National Safe Boating Council

    As training director for the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), Emily King manages and develops the organization’s on-water powerboating instructor courses, “Essentials of Close-Quarters Boat Control and Open Water Boat Control. Emily retired from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources after serving over 33 years. She was a state watercraft officer and helped to develop Ohio’s River Rescue Program, which was first in the country and a nationally and internationally recognized program. During her career with Ohio DNR, Emily became a nationally recognized expert in boating education and river rescue. She was a member of the NASBLA education committee for 12 years, during which she was instrumental in the development of boater education, testing and paddlesports standards. In 1997, Emily was promoted to Ohio’s Public Information and Education Manager, where she was asked to implement Ohio’s mandatory education program. She has been recognized by many organizations for her work and currently is the only two-time winner of the NASBLA’s Boating Safety Award, which she received in 1998 and 2008.

    Joy Hadley

    Director of Training, US Sailing

    Dr. Joy Hadley is the director of training for US Sailing, the national governing body for sailing and on-water training experts. She leads a team responsible for training sailboat, keelboat, powerboat and windsurfing instructors and certifying them to teach at yacht clubs, community sailing/boating programs and commercial boating schools. A workforce development and education professional, Dr. Hadley was previously the assistant chancellor of Professional and Continuing Education at the University of Massachusetts and the employee development leader for the U.S. Navy. She was introduced to sailing and boating as an adult and enjoys the water cruising and fishing. A longtime race committee member of the Newport Yacht Club, she is currently serving as regatta chair and a board member.

  • Interagency Interaction

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    2012 conference presentation on multi-agency collaborations.

    Hosted by the Preparedness and Response Committee this Panel Discussion focuses on “Multi-agency collaborations.” Our post-9/11 world clarified that the responsibility of our nation’s security and protection from natural disasters is equally divided among federal, state, local and tribal governments as well as the private sector. This responsibility has brought on the emergence of interagency cohesion, which can only be fulfilled through information sharing, communication interoperability and standardized training.

    Spencer Cole (Moderator)

    Lt. Colonel

    Brian Spillman

    Homeland Security Director

    Brad Williams

    Instructor

    Rodger Norcross

    BLA

    George Johnson

    BLA

  • Idaho Cold Water Training

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    Idaho Cold Water Training

    In order to make first responders more aware of the dangers of cold water, the state boating program at the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation has developed a four-hour training course. What started as informal block training for a local sheriff’s department has evolved into a formalized course that has been approved by Idaho POST. Idaho BLA Dave Dahms will discuss the origination and evolution of this training course over the past two years and how this important information has been integrated into the department’s public boat safety program.

    Dave Dahms

    BLA

  • Performance Report Part II: 101

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    It’s due every year by December 31. Performance Report Part II data, when viewed together, have the potential to determine future policies and identify program opportunities IF we could agree on what the data points mean! This session looks at the history of the report’s development, reviews and compares data collected from previous years, and provides a ‘101 Primer’ to improve accuracy of data collected via this form.

    It’s due every year by December 31. Performance Report Part II data, when viewed together, have the potential to determine future policies and identify program opportunities IF we could agree on what the data points mean! This session looks at the history of the report’s development, reviews and compares data collected from previous years, and provides a ‘101 Primer’ to improve accuracy of data collected via this form.

    Vann Burgess

    USCG RBS Specialist

    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.

    Tammy Terry

    Boating Accident Program Manager

  • Alabama Boater Licensing

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    Alabama Boater Licensing

    In 1994, Alabama passed one of the most comprehensive pieces of boating safety legislation in the nation, which included mandatory operator licensing. Now, 18 years later, is the program working? Has Alabama seen any definitive results? Explore mandatory licensing from an insider’s perspective.

    Erica Shipman

    Administrative Services Commander