Getting young people on the water is one of the keys to growing boating.
That mission just got a little easier this week with the launch of a national database of youth fishing and boating programs, created by Discover Boating and the Recreational Boating Leadership Council.
The database will be hosted on DiscoverBoating.com and is searchable by zip code, program type, age, etc. Anyone running a youth program can also submit it for listing on the site.
Youth is one of the priority action items identified by the RBLC, a steering committee developed to oversee and coordinate the efforts coming out of the Industry Growth Summit. The Youth Committee is co-chaired by George Harris, Northwest Marine Trade Association, and Keith Christopher, Boy Scouts of America. Its members include Lewis Webb, National Marine Manufacturers Association; Stu Gilfillen, US Sailing; Ken Alvey, Lake Erie Marine Trades Association; Liz Walz, Marine Retailers Association of the Americas; Jonathan Burns, Yamaha Motor Corp.; Jack Gierhart, U.S. Sailing; Melissa Danko, Marine Trades Association of New Jersey; Randy Short, Almar Marinas; and Amy Collins, Boating Industry magazine.