Changes to NASBLA BOAT Program Accreditation

NABSLA’s BOAT Advisory Board recently enacted some significant change to NASBLA’s Boat Operation’s and Training (BOAT) Manual Volume I, which has eliminated the fee associated with receiving a NASBLA certificate from an approved In-Direct delivery class. The changes will also allow accredited agencies to groom Lead Instructor’s within their agency. This session will cover these changes in capturing all student data and supporting Accredited Agencies as they become more autonomous in building their cadre of credentialed instructors.

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.

John Fetterman

NASBLA Deputy Executive Director, Advocacy, Enforcement & Officer Training

John Fetterman was hired by NASBLA in January 2010 as the association’s first Law Enforcement Director. In this capacity, Fetterman worked to integrate and coordinate law enforcement programs within NASBLA and to improve the nonprofit organization’s law enforcement program value to its members through education and consulting services. Fetterman and his team launched NASBLA’s Boat Operations and Training Program (BOAT) in April of 2010, NASBLA to date has trained over 10,000 federal, state, local and tribal maritime law enforcement officers and maritime response professionals. 

On March 13, 2014, John was promoted to Deputy Executive Director. 

Before joining the NASBLA staff, Fetterman, a native of Pittsburgh, PA worked for the Maine Bureau of Marine Patrol for 32 years. He began his career with the Maine agency in 1977 as a field officer. Much of his career with the Marine Patrol was spent as chief pilot, flying some 12,000 hours in multiple aircraft. In non-flight duties, Major Fetterman also supervised the Bureau’s Special Services and served for over 20 years on the Emergency Response Team within the Maine Emergency Management Agency. In 2001 he was promoted to Deputy Chief and served as the Coastal Boating Law Administrator for the state of Maine until December 2009. 

Fetterman joined NASBLA’s Executive Board as a member-at-large in 2005-06, then led NASBLA as president in 2007-08. Fetterman also served as vice chair of NASBLA’s new Homeland Security Committee (now the Preparedness & Response Committee), in 2004, and as the committee chair in 2005. In June 2006, he was appointed to the U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council, where he served two three year terms and in 2012 served a 3 year term on the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee. In addition to his NASBLA assignments, Fetterman also serves at the senior contract staff representative to the Life Jacket Association.

Deputy Director Fetterman and his wife, Cathy, live in Manchester, Maine, and have four grown and married children and six grandchildren.


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