Media Contact: Yvonne Pentz, NSBC Communications Director, [email protected], 440-670-1294



July 24, 2018: National Safe Boating Council's On-Water Powerboating Course First to Receive Third-Party Verification 

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), a leading catalyst for recreational boating safety, is the first organization to receive voluntary third-party verification for an on-water powerboating course based on the American National Standard for recreational boating skills.


 June 19, 2018: Anchorline

Anchorline, our quarterly newsletter sponsored by Rolyan Buoys, is available in an all-new digital format so it's available to you on any computer, laptop, or mobile device wherever you may want to read the latest from the NSBC.

March 19, 2018: Boating and Water Safety Organizations Announce 2018 IBWSS Media Campaign Contest Winners

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), National Water Safety Congress (NWSC) and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) recently announced the International Boating and Water Safety Summit (IBWSS) Media Campaign Contest winners.


January 9, 2018: NSBC Names New Executive Director Peg Phillips

Following a search process that began in October 2017, the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) has named Peg Phillips as the organization’s new executive director. 






November 21, 2017: NSBC Announces New Board Member Dana Gage

The National Safe Boating Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Dana Gage to the Board of Directors. Ms. Gage is founder of The LV Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to buoyancy, on water and in life.


September 30, 2017: Accepting Applications for Executive Director

The National Safe Boating Council is accepting applications for the Executive Director position. For a comprehensive Executive Director position description, and to apply online, please visit

September 29, 2017: Executive Director of the National Safe Boating Council resigns

Effective September 29, Rachel Johnson stepped down as the Executive Director for the National Safe Boating Council.

Read Rachel's email to the membership...

September 10, 2017: National Safe Boating Council Membership Elects New Slate of Officers

A new Board of Directors signifies new and exciting changes for the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC). At the 2017 NSBC General Membership Meeting, held in Rapid City, SD, NSBC membership voted to elect the 2018 Slate of Officers:

Chair: Chris Stec, ACA | Canoe – Kayak – SUP – Raft – Rescue
Vice Chair: Stu Gilfillen, US Sailing
Secretary/Treasurer: Alan Dennison, BoatU.S. Foundation
Member-At-Large: Stephanie Hussey, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
Member-At-Large: Joe McCullough, Alaska Office of Boating Safety


July 12, 2017: National Safe Boating Council Introduces ‘Get Connected’ Campaign to Encourage Broader Use of Engine Cut-Off Devices


Boaters nationwide will be encouraged to “Get Connected” and use their engine cut-off device, more commonly referred to as a “kill switch,” every time they go boating through a series of branded messages and resources as part of the National Safe Boating Council’s (NSBC) new campaign. 


National Safe Boating Council and NOAA’s National Weather Service Partner for National Safe Boating Week 

This year, millions of Americans will enjoy boating with family and friends. To ensure a fun, safe time on the water, the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Weather Service (NWS) are proud to announce their ongoing partnership to promote new weather and boating safety public service announcements (PSAs) for National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26, 2017. 


Boating Safety Partners Host Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill 


The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), in partnership with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), hosted a Boating Safety Congressional Reception on May 17 in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This event, held in conjunction with the American Boating Congress (ABC), was organized to celebrate National Safe Boating Week and acknowledge past Confluence Award recipients while bringing to light important boating safety issues currently facing our nation.


NSBC Joins Cabela’s to Host Ready, Set, Wear It! Life Jacket World Record Day on May 20


Ready, Set, Wear It! Life Jacket World Record Day is May 20 – 26, 2017. National Safe BoatingCouncil (NSBC), the leading organization behind this one-day awareness and education event, is joining Cabela’s and participants in cities around the globe to set a world record for the most life jackets worn and inflatable life jackets inflated. This event is part of the yearlong North American Safe Boating Campaign to promote boating safety and voluntary, consistent wear of life jackets.


NSBC Joins Water Safety USA to promote 2017 Message: Designate a Water Watcher—Supervision Could Save a Life

altWater Safety USA, a consortium of 14 national governmental and non-governmental organizations, announces the 2017 water safety message: “Designate a water watcher—supervision could save a life.”

The alliance of water safety organizations agrees that designating a water watcher when in, on, or around water can help prevent tragedy, especially during the summer months. All parents and guardians can benefit by designating a water watcher who takes on the role of ensuring that all children and adolescents swimming or playing in, on, or around water are continually supervised, even if they know how to swim. 


Winner of 2017 Boating Safety Youth Award Announced


The NSBC is pleased to recognize Explorer Club 360 as the winner of the 2017 Boating SafetyYouth Program Award, sponsored by BoatU.S. Foundation. The Boating Safety Youth Program Award is designed to recognize organizations and individuals that have created and successfully implemented innovative youth boating education programs targeting safety issues and concerns of national interest. 


BoatBeat is the First Collaborative Online Hub of Recreational Boating Resources


A new online hub for the media, boating educators, boating accident reporters, public information officers, law enforcement officials, and the general public promises to make the waters safer by providing comprehensive information about the potential hazards associated with boating, safe boating practices, and accident prevention.

BoatBeat is a collaboration among the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), and the U.S. Coast Guard. 


Prepare to ‘Spring Aboard’ and Participate in a Boating Education Course


The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) encourage boaters to enroll in a boating education course prior to the kickoff of the boating season. During the week of March 19-25, as part of the Spring Aboard – Take A Boating Education Course campaign, many course providers are offering discounts or other incentives for students who enroll or complete a boating safety education course.



NSBC Named "2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit"

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) has been honored with a prestigious 2017 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits for the second consecutive year. GreatNonprofits is the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits.


NSBC Welcomes Dan Ratner as Marketing and Membership Specialist

Dan Ratner joins the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) as its new Marketing and Membership Specialist. Dan brings with him 20 years of experience in membership development for nonprofit organizations. Throughout his professional career, he has held positions with American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ASCD, and most recently, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB).


Making Boating Safer
Grass-roots efforts can make the differencealt
By: Rachel Johnson, Executive Director

Using the adjective "grass-roots" has become quite the trend in recent years, and rightfully so. Things like grass-roots marketing and grass-roots political campaigns have made an impact in today's society, and the recreational boating safety community is no exception to this trend.

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), a national non-profit organization, is just one of many nonprofits utilizing key methods and techniques in implementing grass-roots efforts nationwide--and it's seeing a real behavior change in recreational boaters because of it.


Emergency Locator Beacons Provide Life Saving Communication


A perfect day on the water can quickly change. A boat may hit an unseen object, a wave capsizes it, a sudden storm makes navigation impossible, or equipment fails. In situations like these, communication is key. Many boaters operate in locations beyond cell phone towers and the line-of-sight capabilities of their VHF radio, so owning and registering an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) can mean the difference between life and death.



NSBC Instructor Appointed to Prestigious Japan Coast Guard Advisory Group for Water Safety (November 29, 2016)

On November 29, 2016, Mr. Hiroshi Yamaoka a Maris foundation staff member was present at the Japan Coast Guard meeting. He provided a presentation on the benefits of standardization and educational outreach. As a Personal Water Craft (PWC) subject matter expert (SME), he was selected as one of four elect expert members whom were appointed to the newly formed "Ocean Safety Promotion Advisor."


Corporal Josh Underwood Receives 2016 Boating Safety Award (November 23, 2016)

Corporal (Cpl.) Underwood of the Saint Johns County Sheriff’s Office is the recipient of the 2016 NASBLA Boating Safety Award, sponsored by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), for his efforts to promote responsible boating throughout Florida. As Florida continues to be the top state for recreational boating deaths and accidents, this is no easy task. Cpl. Underwood’s dedication to the profession, and especially to boating safety, has made a positive change in the local boating community and boaters now know him know him as "the life jacket guy." Major Richard Moore, Boating Law Administrator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Chair of the NSBC, awarded Cpl. Underwood with this honor at the Saint Johns County Sheriff’s Office on November 18, 2016.


National Safe Boating Council Joins Global #GivingTuesday Movement (November 2, 2016)

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) has joined thousands of other organizations participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.


October 20, 2016: National Safe Boating Council and Paul Werth Associates Receive Honorable Mention in Platinum PR News Awards
October 14, 2016: Marine Safety Alert: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone Safety Recall
October 11, 2016: Emergency Locator Beacons Provide Life-Saving Communication
September 30, 2016: North American Partners Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Strengthen Boating Safety Collaboration
September 13, 2016: Perform Routine Maintenance of Inflatable Life Jackets
August 29, 2016: New 'Saved by the Beacon' Resources from the National Safe Boating Council Share Importance of Locator Beacons
July 22, 2016: Pledge to Always Wear It! While Boating and You Could Win a Sweet Prize!
June 20, 2016: Wear It! Urges Boaters to Have the Right Life Jacket for High-Boating Traffic Fourth of July
June 16, 2016: National Safe Boating Council Announces Three New Membership Categories
June 1, 2016: National Safe Boating Council Promotes Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day

May 15, 2016: Local Eagle Scout candidate organizes Boating Safety event in remembrance of the death of Sheyenne Marshall, 17, at the hands of an intoxicated boater 
May 11, 2016: Boating Safety Partners Host Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill
May 6, 2016: National Safe Boating Council Honored As 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit
May 3, 2016: Water Safety USA Announces 2016 Joint Water Safety Message

April 26, 2016: 2016 Wear It! Grassroots Outreach Campaign Recipients Announced
April 12, 2016: Water Safety USA Launches
April 11, 2016: National Safe Boating Council Announce 406Day Media Contest Winners
March 29, 2016: The National Safe Boating Council Partners with ACR to Promote #406Day
March 21, 2016: Wear It! Shares Safety Tips for Spring Boating
March 10, 2016: BoatU.S. Recognized for 50 Years of Serving Recreational Boaters
March 10, 2016: 2016 Water and Boating Safety Media Campaign Contest Winners Announced


December 7, 2015: NSBC Receives National Award for Research and Measurement Efforts of Wear It! Campaign 
November 16, 2015: NSBC Deputy Director Awarded U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award
November 1, 2015: NSBC Survey Reports Wear It! Campaign Momentum Continues to Increase Safe Boating Behavior
September 13, 2015: New Initiative Engaging Victims and Survivors of Boating Accidents
June 17, 2015: The National Safe Boating Council Honors ACR Electronics with the Horizon Award
May 15, 2015: Confluence Awards Recipients Recognized at Congressional Reception
May 11, 2015: National Safe Boating Council to Co-host 2015 American Boating Congress
May 6, 2015: NSBC and NOAA’s National Weather Service Partner for National Safe Boating Week
April 1, 2015: The National Safe Boating Council Announces the Winner of the 2015 Boating Safety Youth Award
March 10, 2015: Boat Ed to be Premier Sponsor of the 19th International Boating & Water Safety Summit
February 11, 2015: 'Saved by the Beacon’ Campaign Launches at Miami International Boat Show On-Water Event
January 6, 2015: Wear It! Shares Dos and Don’ts of Winter and Early Spring Boating


November 18, 2014: National Safe Boating Council Reveals Major Updates to
October 23, 2014: National Safe Boating Council Presents Boating Safety Award to Captain Mike England
October 9, 2014: NSBC Survey Finds Wear It! Campaign Continues to Influence Safe Boating Behavior
August 29, 2014: National Safe Boating Council Triumphs with Eight Awards for the Wear It! Campaign
August 1, 2014: Power of A: Going for a record, the National Safe Boating Councils offers a message about safety
July 22, 2014: Paul Werth Associates and NSBC Win Coveted PRSA Bronze Anvil Award for “Wear It!” Campaign
June 18, 2014: New Bilingual Coloring Book Reaches Children with Important Boating and Water Safety Messaging 
June 10, 2014: Boating Enthusiasts Set New Life Jacket World Record at 'Ready, Set, Wear It!' Event
May 19, 2014: Help Support Boating Safety by Stepping Into Style with Sperry Top-Sider
May 16, 2014: National Statistics Show Downward Trend in Recreational Boating Deaths 
May 16, 2014: NOAA's National Weather Service & NSBC Partner for National Safe Boating Week
May 13, 2014: Boating Safety Recognized Around the World on 'Ready, Set, Wear It!' Life Jacket World Record Day
April 22, 2014: 2014 Water and Boating Safety Media Contest Winners Announced
April 16, 2014: Marty Law Inducted into Boating Safety Hall of Fame
April 16, 2014: Dr. Daniel Maxim Inducted into Boating Safety Hall of Fame


Yalda Moslehian Announced as NSBC Communications Coordinator
Past Chair of National Safe Boating Council Awarded with U.S. Coast Guard’s Partnering with Pride Award
Virgil Chambers announced as a 2013 recipient of the prestigious ACA President’s Award
National Safe Boating Council Announces Next Executive Director
NSBC Announces Retirement of Executive Director Virgil Chambers
Carbon Monoxide, the “Silent Killer” of Boating, Is Preventable Through Awareness
National Safe Boating Council Appoints New Board Member
Rachel Johnson Earns Certified Association Executive Credential
Marine Safety Alert on Inappropriate Navigation Light
National Safe Boating Council and Sperry Top-Sider® Partner to Promote NSBW, Safer Boating in 2013
2012 Recreational Boating Statistics Report: Report shows lowest number of fatalities on record
New Training Available: Boat Pro Point of Sale
Wear It! Grassroots Support


IBWSS Partners Announce New Web Site
PRSA-NCC Honors National Safe Boating Council with Thoth Award for Outstanding Communications Program
Hall of Fame Inductee John Johnson
NSBC & Walkabout Productions, Inc. Recognized with CINE Golden Eagle Award
NSBC Receives Three Hermes Creative Awards
National Safe Boating Council Wins Coveted Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation from PRSA
NOAA, National Safe Boating Council promote National Safe Boating Week
NSBC and Sperry Top-Sider Partner for NSBW
Hall of Fame Inductee Ruth Wood
NSBC Launches
NSBC Training Opportunities


Hall of Fame Inductee Shawn Alladio
Meritorious Public Service Award Given to Captain Fred Messmann
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Partnership Award Given to Wear It! Campaign
Internet Advertising Competition Award
Congressional Reception and Confluence Awards
Pillar of Support Award Recipient Announced (FY 2010)
Hall of Fame Inductee William Gossard
OMC "Take 'Em Boating" Grant Winner
BoatU.S. Boating Safety Youth Award Winner