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  • Interstate Boating Violators Compact

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    ​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

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    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

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    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

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    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

    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. 

  • Life Jacket Labelling Update

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    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

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    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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.