Trade Associations

BoatUS makes free online boating safety course available

The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water can help boat manufacturers, dealers and marina operators improve the customer experience and help make boating safer for everyone. A leader in boating safety for more than 40 years, the Foundation offers a free online boating safety education course at BoatUS.org/Free. Thirty-five states have approved the Foundation course to meet their ...

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Deadline nears for 2022 Freedman Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2022 Alan J. Freedman Award through December 23. Recipients of the NMMA Freedman Award are individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity, and personal motivation. The following are categories for consideration: Marine aftermarket or OEM manufacturerMarine representativeMember of marine-focused mediaBoat dealerMarine distributorMarine trade association staff person To nominate an individual, ...

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IBEX Education Conference announces 2022 call for proposals

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced that the IBEX Education Conference Call for Proposals (CFP) has opened. The IBEX Education Conference will offer training, workshops, and technical seminars to attendees of the 31st IBEX Show, to be held September 27-29, 2022, in the Tampa Convention Center. North America’s largest trade event for recreational marine industry professionals, IBEX is ...

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Sea Tow Foundation presents 2021 industry safety awards

The Sea Tow Foundation and its Boating Safety Advisory Council announced six winners today of their National Boating Industry Safety Awards which recognizes the best boating safety work in the for-profit section of the recreational boating industry. Sponsored for the second year by KICKER Marine Audio, the six top contest winners were revealed in a special awards recognition segment held ...

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2022 MIBS Innovation Awards issues call for entries

The 2022 Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards program is now accepting submissions. The program provides the opportunity for eligible exhibitors to enter new products into 22 product categories. The program is eligible to contracted Miami Boat Show exhibitors who meet the program rules and regulations. Deadline for entries is January 13, 2022. Interested in learning more? Visit the Miami Innovation Awards ...

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Discover Boating launches boat driving tips video

Discover Boating launched its fourth episode in the five-part digital video series ‘Boating Basics: Pro Tips’ powered by Progressive®. The video, “Driving a Boat: 6 Tips for Operating with Confidence” covers the essentials on how to operate, steer and avoid collisions, while also providing tips on handling different scenarios such as wind, waves and currents. The 'Boating Basics: Pro Tips' video series, ...

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MRAA and partners launch certified pre-owned boat program

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced the launch of the MRAA Certified Pre-Owned Boat Program, backed by industry partners Boat History Report and Titan Certified. Over the past two years, the MRAA consulted with marine industry dealers, manufacturers and suppliers across the United States and Canada to create the MRAA Certified Pre-Owned Boat Program and help dealers capitalize ...

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Discover Boating unveils brand evolution plan, MIBS integration

Discover Boating®, powered by the NMMA and Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA), revealed today the first of its three-phase brand evolution: a new Discover Boating logo and a re-brand of the Miami International Boat Show to Discover Boating®; Miami International Boat Show®. The brand evolution will further the NMMA and MRAA’s Discover Boating industry growth strategy to attract the ...

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2022 Minneapolis Boat Show Innovation Awards issues call for entries

The Innovation Awards are returning in-person to the Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show, and the call for entries is now open. The Innovation Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in four product categories: Aluminum fishing boatsFiberglass fishing boatsPontoon boatsFurnishings—New for 2022 All Innovation Award entrants gain valuable product exposure, including: Innovation Award signage—identifies your product as cutting-edge to the public and industry stakeholdersProduct review ...

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ORR partners with Oregon State for research, education resources

Oregon State University’s Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy (CORE) has joined other leading recreation organizations as the newest member of Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), of which the NMMA is a founding member.As ORR’s first higher education member, OSU’s CORE will bring the bandwidth and expertise of a top-tier public university to the $689 billion outdoor recreation industry, supporting the ...

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