Newly Proposed NASBLA Course Approval Policies & Procedures

Upholding the integrity of a NASBLA approved boating course, and student assessment is essential to maintaining the quality of and mutual state acceptance of the boating education system established and adopted by most states and territories in the United States.
Effective since January 1, 2016, the National Boating Education Standard - ANSI/NASBLA 103-2016: Basic Boating Knowledge-Power is undergoing its scheduled ANSI required review. The anticipated changes to this standard will necessitate that NASBLA updates its Policy for Basic Boating Education Course Approval.
The current Policy and Procedure for Basic Boating Education Course Approval has been in use since adopted in September 2016. The Education Committee Leadership has drafted revisions to the existing documents and seeks comments from all boating education stakeholders. 
During this session, Stacey Brown, Education Committee Chair, and Mark Chanski, NASBLA Education Director, will describe fundamental policy changes, how to submit comments, the following steps, and answer questions.

Mark Chanski

Education Director, NASBLA


Mark joined NASBLA’s team of professionals as the Deputy Education Director in June of 2019 and assumed the director's position in January 2020. Prior to joining NASBLA, Mark worked for the State of Connecticut’s Boating Division for more than twelve years. While there, he initiated a number of innovative programs that focused on delivering the Division’s Safe and Clean Boating messages to the public. Mark was the lead coordinator for the Boating Division’s on-the-water outreach MV Prudence campaign, BOATS (Because Our Acquaintances Think Safety) Program, life jacket rebate program, paddlecraft education, and outreach campaigns and the administrator of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s first social media campaign, Facebook page, Boating in Connecticut.

Mark has extensive commercial and recreational maritime experience. He holds credentials, licenses, and certificates from the U.S. Coast Guard, American Canoe Association, Connecticut DEEP, National Association of State Law Administrators, National Safe Boating Council, and US Sailing. Mark has received numerous awards from state and national organizations for his efforts and achievements in the boating education field.

Stacey Brown

Recreational Boating Safety Manager

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

Stacey Brown has worked for the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources as the Boating Safety Manager for  14 years and was recently promoted to the position of Boating Division Deputy Director.  Her primary functions are to manage the implementation of the mandatory boating education requirement, compile boat incident reports, and serve the primary cheerleader for boating safety and boating programs throughout the Commonwealth.

She was born and raised in Virginia and currently lives in Hanover, Virginia with her husband and two young men.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She enjoys gardening (planning and planting, not weeding), biking, reading mysteries and thrillers, and spending time on the water and in the water at Smith Mountain Lake.


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