NASBLA calls for proposed revisions to National Boating Education Standards

National Associate of State Boating Law Adminsitrators
November 16, 2012
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Press Release

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 15, 2012) ­ Originally adopted in 1999, the National Boating Education Standards prescribe the minimum body of knowledge to effect safe, legal, and enjoyable recreational boating. These Standards continue to serve as the basis for boating education courses approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard, said NASBLA Education Director Pamela Dillon. According to state program reports,
over 400,000 students completed a NASBLA-approved course and earned a boating education certificate based on these Standards in 2011.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) placed the document under the guardianship of the National Boating Education Standards Panel, whose primary function is to gauge the efficacy of the Standards based on risk assessments and analyses that use the U.S. Coast Guard¹s Recreational Boating Statistics and other available, relevant, and reliable boating accident and participation data; and on other applicable boating safety and education  research studies and scientific resources.

The Panel has issued a Call for Proposed Revisions to the content of the most currently approved version of the National Boating Education Standards (which went into effect January 1, 2012). Submissions are encouraged from any party materially affected by the Standard, including NASBLA members and non-members alike. The Call for Proposed Revisions period will be ninety (90) days, commencing November 15, 2012. The comment period will close on February 13, 2013. In accordance with the NASBLA Executive Board¹s approval on March 30, 2012, the content of the currently approved Standards has been reformatted in the following manner:

  • To present a single National Boating Education Standard for a basic boating safety course as formulated from the existing Standards 1 through 7, which shall form the basis for the call for proposed revisions and hereafter be referred to in this document as the Standard;
  • To separate out the existing Standards 8, 9, and 10, as administrative policy for the purpose of course approval and not to be included as part of the Panel¹s review or this call for proposed revisions;
  • To separate out the existing rationales into a separate Appendix that is not to be included as part of the Panel¹s review or this call for proposed revisions; and
  • To create a numbering system for sections within the Standard

Input on the Standard will be accepted exclusively via the EZ-ESP website, Instructions for submitting comments (including how to obtain login credentials for the EZ-ESP website) and documents containing the current Standard (effective Jan. 1, 2012), the reformatted Standard, and the Education Standards Panel Rules are available for download at The Panel will consider only submissions of proposed revisions that are received by Feb. 13, 2013. The Panel will dispose of each received submission by accepting, accepting in principle, or rejecting the comment, and the disposition of each will be recorded in the Panel¹s meeting minutes and communicated to all persons registered on

Questions, including queries regarding the EZ-ESP website and login credentials, may be emailed to the Panel at Submissions of available, relevant, and reliable boating accident and participation data and/or other applicable boating safety and education research studies and scientific resources may also be submitted to the Panel for its review and consideration via email at


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