Proposed Basic Boating Knowledge Standards - Overview of Current Draft Proposals and Next Steps

This webinar will provide an overview of changes incorporated into draft Basic Boating Education Standards for:

- NASBLA 100-20XX: Basic Boating Knowledge - Core,
- NASBLA 101-20XX: Basic Boating Knowledge - Plus Human-Propelled,
- NASBLA 102-20XX: Basic Boating Knowledge - Plus Sailing,
- NASBLA 103-20XX: Basic Boating Knowledge - Plus Power, and
- NASBLA 103.1-20XX: Supplement: Basic Boating Knowledge - Plus Water-Jet Propelled.

All documents are available for download at EZ-ESP (

Revisions are the result of public comments 'accepted' or 'accepted in principle' by the National Boating Education Standards Panel from the first standard review period which ended December 5, 2019. A second Public Review comment period is open through September 29, 2020.

Pam Dillon

Project Specialist

Pamela Dillon serves as project specialist for the National Boating Education Standards Panel (ESP). In this role, she works to fully articulate NASBLA’s national role in standards development and conformity assessment. 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.

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.


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