MRAA supports parts of Coast Guard strategic plan

BOCA GRANDE, Fla. — After a review, the Marine Retailers Association of America says it supports parts of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Strategic Plan for its National Recreational Boating Safety Program Development.

MRAA asked the Coast Guard to delete the recommendation that Coast Guard personnel be appointed to key MRAA Board of Directors committees on marketing and public/government relations. The Coast Guard agreed with this request.

MRAA also asked the Coast Guard to delete the recommendations that MRAA develop best practices for on-water, skills-based education and that MRAA set numerical targets for participation in advanced education and on-water, skills-based boating education courses. The Coast Guard also agreed with this request. MRAA said the group does not have the expertise to complete these assignments in the plan.

MRAA did agree to promote demonstrations of inflatable life jackets and to promote the sales of certain safety equipment such as life jackets, horns, flares, and fire extinguishers.

A couple of areas remain in negotiation, but the group says it expects to endorse the plan in the near future.

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