Trade Associations

Water Sports Foundation launches “National Boating Safety Media Center”

WSF launches media center

As part of a U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Outreach Grant, the Water Sports Foundation (WSF) has just completed the first phase and launch of its new “National Boating Safety Media Center,” which is designed to facilitate and support the work of journalists assigned to cover boating safety topics.  Housed within a dedicated section on the Water Sports Foundation’s new website (www.watersportsfoundation.com/media/), ...

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Shaun Moore joins Wakeboarding Hall of Fame as biz dev director

Shaun Moore Wakeboarding Hall of Fame

The Wakeboarding Hall of Fame (WHF) announces Shaun Moore as its new Business Development Director. Moore, a long-time supporter of wake sports and former professional wakeboarding athlete will direct the Hall of Fame’s business development department including developing and managing sponsorship programs.   The Wakeboarding Hall of Fame, now in its seventh year, was established to honor wake sports’ pioneers and significant ...

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How to get a free vessel safety check this season

Coast Guard boat safety inspections

No cost, no penalty vessel safety checks which up until last season were given more than 150,000 times each year by hundreds of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadrons volunteers at launch ramps, boat clubs and marinas, are back. While COVID may still be with us, both groups are ramping up efforts to get vessel examiners back in ...

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USCG Boating Safety Spring Circular now available

U.S. Coast Guard boating safety logo

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has released the Spring 2021 edition of their Boating Safety Circular (BSC). Click here to view the Spring ediiton on the USCG website. The contents of this BSC edition include: Recreational Boating Product Assurance Branch Hiring AnnouncementPersonnel Changes AnnouncementsNew Engine Cut-Off Switch Law AnnouncementFuel Tank & Fuel System Test RequirementsWhen the USCG Buys Your BoatCalendar of EventsBoating Safety ...

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Voting to begin for “Best Harbor in the U.S.”

NMMA infrastructure bill

US Harbors, a free online resource for boaters and coastal communities, announced that voting begins on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 for the 3rd annual “Best Harbor in the US” contest at www.usharbors.com/best-harbor/. Participation is free and open to everyone, including the over eight million people who use US Harbors (usharbors.com) for their coastal and marine weather, tides charts and harbor-local boating and ...

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NMMA and NMMA Canada provide update on joint policy priorities

U.S. - Canada trade partnerships

The recent bilateral meeting between President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signaled an opportunity for the U.S. and Canada to make headway on joint policy priorities, including those that benefit the North American recreational boating industry. The joint Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership issued following the historic meeting gives a glimpse into the shared priorities of the two countries. ...

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NMMA ramping up PR efforts ahead of peak boating season

The NMMA has been ramping up PR efforts ahead of peak boating season, working with news outlets nationwide to keep recreational boating top of mind. This week’s news coverage in high profile outlets, such as Car & Driver and the business and tech go-to source The Hustle, plus pickup from last week’s CNBC profile piece generated more than 200 earned media placements, nearly $200K in ...

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ORR holds hill briefing on 2021 recreation priorities

ORR held a briefing with Capitol Hill staffers, leaders from across the outdoor recreation industry and members of the press March 24 attended by over 200 participants.   The briefing focused on how our industry can sustainably capitalize on soaring participation rates for job creation and economic recovery, and particularly how recreation can create jobs in rural America. The group also discussed implementing the ...

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NMMA urges California to withdraw proposal to change Prop 65 labels

On Monday, NMMA submitted comments to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) — which recently announced proposed changes to California’s Proposition (Prop.) 65 short-form warning requirements. If your company is using the short-form warnings to comply with Prop. 65 requirements, these proposed changes will likely affect your Prop. 65 compliance plan and NMMA encourages you to submit comments via Boating United by March ...

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IBEX returns to Tampa

IBEX returns in September

Celebrating 30 years, the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) returns to the Tampa Convention Center September 28-30, 2021. As North America’s largest technical trade event for marine industry professionals, IBEX producers are well underway planning for a successful and safe in-person event, which will offer attendees access to more than 700+ exhibits in the exhibit halls, outdoor display space, and on ...

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