Overview of Proposed Changes to Basic Boating Knowledge American National Standards

This webinar explores the draft Core-Plus Outcome-based format for new American National Standards for Basic Boating Knowledge. These standards include those used as the foundation for NASBLA course approval, resulting in approximately 500,000 course certificates awarded annually. The proposed ‘Core’ format begins with common information shared by all boating disciplines, with additional ‘Plus’ information for power boating, water-jet propelled, sailing, and human-propelled activity. The outcome based re-design brings additional alignment between the knowledge and on-water skill standards. (Note: Skill standards are not part of this public review process.) This webinar shares the latest drafts open for public review and review the process to submit comments via EZ-ESP. The comment period closes December 5, 2019.

Amanda Perez

Director of Education, BoatUS Foundation

Amanda Pérez has been educating recreational boaters with the BoatU.S. Foundation for over 13 years. In her current role as Director of Education, she manages the free online boating safety course, specialized courses, website and other online assets and media as well as the team of developers, designers and project managers who keep those programs running.

Amanda serves on the National Education Standards Panel whose mission is to “Establish and maintain recreational boating education standards to increase safety on our nation’s waterways.” In addition, Amanda also serves on the NASBLA Education and Outreach committee, helping to shape boating safety marketing and education best practices.

A lifelong boater, Amanda has spent nearly her entire career working in the boating industry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Towson University and a Master of Arts from St. John’s College.

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.

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