The National Safe Boating Council, Inc.

(NSBC) was organized in September 1958 under the name National Safe Boating Committee. The NSBC presently has a membership of over 350 U.S. and Canadian organizations, all with an interest in boating safety and education. The NSBC membership is diverse, with approximately 65% of the membership being nonprofit organizations and 35% being for-profit organizations.

The NSBC is the foremost coalition for the advancement and promotion of safer boating through education. The National Safe Boating Council accomplishes this mission by:

• Conducting a series of on-going National Campaigns to promote Safe Boating.
• Providing opportunities to work directly with national and international leaders in boating education.
• Improving the professional development of boating safety educators.
• Distributing safe boating information.
• Developing and recognizing outstanding boating safety programs.
• Supporting research initiatives that strengthen boating education and safety awareness.

Boating Safety Instructor Certification Course
(April 13-14th 200 San Diego, CA Close-Quarters Boat Handling Course
(April 13-14th 200 San Diego, CA


The purpose of this training is to educate instructors in the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ (NASBLA) Minimum Standards for Boating Education, accepted best practices in developing a boating safety program and in effective boating education methods.

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) Boating Safety Instructor Certification Course is designed to recognize the instructor candidate’s prior training and instructor experience in addition to the completion of basic boating safety course work. The course focus is to clarify and identify the knowledge and skills needed to present an effective NASBLA approved boating safety education curricula to entry-level students. The course involves lecture, group discussion, and review of standards and best practices. Additional subject areas covered in the course will be procedures for receiving course approval, manual selection, writing lesson plans and developing tests.

This training is significant for those seeking national level instructor certifications that are not affiliated with another national certifying boating safety organization. It is of special benefit to state programs since the instructors are being trained in NASBLA’s Minimum Standards for Boating Education. This program is a boating safety partnership training program between NASBLA and the NSBC.

This two-day course is an intense review of the national boating safety standards. The course focus will be to clarify and identify the knowledge and skills needed to present an effective NASBLA approved boating safety education curricula to entry-level students.

Instructor candidates will be evaluated with a practical performance presentation review and written exam. Upon successful completion of the course the instructor will receive a certificate of training as a certified boating safety instructor from the National Safe Boating Council.

Prerequisite of Certification:

To be accepted into this training program, the student must hold a current instructor level certification in a state or nationally recognized training program (or equivalent) and have a minimum of 40 hours teaching experience.

Students must have successfully completed a NASBLA approved, classroom based, basic boating course and possess a high level of comprehension of the course content.

How to Get the Training

The next Instructor Certification Course will be held on April 13 - 14, 2008, in San Diego, California.

To Register for the Boating Safety Instructor Certification Course click here, print and fill out form and mail to the National Safe Boating Council.
The Close-Quarters Boat Handling Course is a defensive boat handling and close quarter control course that focuses on maneuvers and techniques for enforcement officers and agencies that need good skills in operating power boats while performing their duties. The Close Quarter Control course was designed as a training program that focuses on knowing what to do and when to do it. It is skills based using factors like the wind and current to assist you in putting your boat where you want it to be. Although practice is a critical part of being able to handle your craft proficiently, proper practice is what this program is all about. This program was designed for the professional/occupational boat operator such as marine enforcement officers and safety personnel that operate a boat in the performance of their duties. It is structured to meet the needs of these enforcement agencies whose safety enforcement officers place themselves and their craft in compromising positions when trying to control and communicate with errant boaters.



This is a two-day course. Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will receive a boat handling proficiency certificate from the NSBC. The class size is limited to 5 students.



Please contact the National Safe Boating Council at 703-361-4294 for further details concerning the Close-Quarter Boat Handling Course.



How to Get the Training:

To register for the Close Quarter Boat Handling Course click here, print and fill out the form, and mail to the National Safe Boating Council.













National Safe Boating Week
May 17-23, 2008


International Boating and Water Safety
Summit
April 16 - 19, 2008
San Diego, California


USCG Office of
Boating Safety