WASHINGTON – The Marina Operators Association of America (MOAA) and several industry groups have united to provide marinas interested in celebrating 2004 National Marina Day (NMD) a number of resources, MOAA said today.
"Taking advantage of these resources available to marina operators will be extremely helpful in making their National Marina Day celebration a quality event for those in attendance,” said Kirby Cay Scheimann, NMD chair, in the press release. "The resources not only can help the marina create a festive environment, but can also help to educate and inform the public about the importance of the boating and fishing industry within their community".
NMD is an annual nationwide celebration of America's marinas, and will this year be observed on Aug. 14.
Scheimann said the resources available will include:
MOAA has joined forces with the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, the first national organization dedicated solely to the prevention of the number one killer of the nation's children - unintentional injury. This organization has more than 320 SAFE KIDS coalitions across the U.S. Each coalition is headed up by a coordinator experienced in delivering safety messages to parents and kids.
MOAA will help those without access to a public relations or communications professional, who have questions on how to best maximize their facility's media exposure on NMD. MOAA said Brooke Fishel, its communications manager, can assist in all facets of a facility's NMD publicity efforts.
NMD Sponsor ValvTect Marine Fuels will provide a "Longest Cruiser" trophy to each marina that has an NMD event verified by MOAA. The trophy can be awarded to the marina member who has either cruised the farthest to attend the event or cruised the longest distance over the past boating season.
"You're in Command" is the United States Coast Guard's new public safe boating outreach initiative encouraging all recreational boaters to take responsibility for their actions on the water. "You're in Command" is a program marinas can use to encourage boating safety on NMD. Your local United States Coast Guard Auxiliary can offer free vessel safety checks, public education classes, or Auxiliary recruitment drives.
Discover Boating materials and Web site links can help promote events. Discover Boating will provide a free listing on www.discoverboating.com; a variety of brochures and booklets on choosing the right boat, financing, safety, towing, etc., and videos and banners.
Water Works Wonders
The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation also invites NMD event promotion on its Web site, www.waterworkswonders.org., which has over 30,000 unique visitors each month looking for information on where to go fishing and boating.
Passport to Fishing and Boating
Passport is a hands-on, interactive program designed to teach families the basic skills needed to begin fishing and boating. The program includes teaching materials designed with the lay volunteer in mind, featuring background information, teaching tips, and scripts detailing what to say and do. The Passport program materials include color posters, scripts, activity cards, a boat mat layout, and other teaching tools.