Wake Responsibly - Educating Current & Future Generation Boaters
The WSIA and boating industry at large is committed to educating new and experienced boaters on how to be safe and responsible operators on the water. In 2022, the WSIA will produce over 30 "Wake Responsibly" education seminars, dedicated to teaching best practices to boaters engaging in towed water sports.
During this session, WSIA Director of Government Affairs, Lee Gatts, presents the "Wake Responsibly" curriculum and presentation materials, while engaging with session attendees for feedback and discussion on how to perfect the curriculum to the needs that law enforcement agencies identify in their respective states. The session also includes a walkthrough of the WSIA Wake Responsibly toolkit provided at no cost to Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the United States to utilize when educating boaters in their local communities.
Director of Government Affairs
Water Sports Industry Association
Lee Gatts is the Director of Government Affairs for the Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA). In this role, Gatts leads WSIA’s advocacy and grassroots activities throughout the United States by developing best practices, maintaining waterway access rights, educating participants, promoting safety, and facilitating sustainable industry growth.
Prior to joining WSIA, Gatts served as Manager of Policy & Engagement for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, covering 15 states in the southern region. During his time at NMMA, Lee was instrumental in building out the regional advocacy apparatus. He expanded member engagement throughout the Southern United States by facilitating on-site visits with members of Congress, state legislators, and local elected officials while protecting the boating industry from harmful legislation and advancing policies that supported boat & engine manufacturers, marine dealers, and accessory/component manufacturers alike.