Waves of Hope


Thank you to our dear friend Nita for allowing us to share her daughter's story: 

"Remembering Deborah Boles, 16, who died on July 4, 1998 in a preventable accident while wearing a life jacket. Even seasoned boaters need boater education.

Boat owners can prevent accidents by ensuring their boats are only operated by individuals who have completed a boater education class, just like car owners can prevent accidents by insuring their cars and motorcycles are driven only by those who are licensed to drive them. Be safe in the water so you can all go home together."

Make a difference: join or donate today!

Get Involved

Are you looking for a place to start meeting others that have been affected by recreational boating accidents? 

Join the Waves of Hope Closed Facebook Group (here): This is your Facebook group to meet, network, and share resources.

Join us every third Wednesday of the month for the Waves of Hope call. NSBC Past Chair Richard Moore and Communications Director Yvonne Pentz will moderate the calls, but - once again - these calls are yours to have an opportunity to meet, and let us know he we can help support you. 

Dial-In Number:

Access Code: 3614294

As the NSBC continues to develop our Waves of Hope initiative, we're asking for your support.

Our goal is to provide a single point of engagement for those who have survived a boating accident and those who have lost a family member or friend as a result of a boating accident.

We need your help! 


The Waves of Hope Membership ($35) is available to individuals who have been affected by a recreational boating accident.


Benefits include:

  • Issues of the Anchorline, NSBC's informative boating safety newsletter
  • NSBC's monthly e-newsletter
  • NSBC membership card
  • NSBC lapel pin 
  • Notice of all NSBC seminars and training programs
  • Invitation to attend NSBC General Membership Meetings


Please donate today. Your generous donation will be used to fund staff time and resources necessary to meet our goals in engaging survivors of boating accidents and ensuring that we are providing a necessary need moving forward.

We are embarking on a new initiative to be that resource. In the next few months, we'll hit key milestones, with direct support and buy-in from survivors and those that have lost loved ones in recreational boating accidents. Many of these individuals possess a deep desire to make something good come from their negative experience and have a perspective about boating safety that could be highly effective at encouraging practices which would help decrease boating accidents around the U.S.

While our comprehensive plan has been enthusiastically accepted by both those that have been personally affected by a recreational boating accident and the professional boating safety community alike, we need your help raising critical funds to fully implement our short- and long-term goals.

If you have specific questions or comments regarding this initiative, please contact our NSBC Communications Director Yvonne Pentz at [email protected] or (703) 361-4294.

Click here to make a donation. 

Survivors Stories and Testimonials 

 ACA: Canoe - Kayak - SUP - Raft - Rescue:

ACR Electronics:   Alaska Office of Boating Safety:   Boat Ed:   CBS News:    Texas Parks & Wildlife:   USACE: 

Wear It Tennessee! (TWRA)

WSF/NASBLA:  Do you have a Survivor story that you'd like to share? Email [email protected]. 


Thank you to the following for helping to share the initiative: