Ellis inducted into Boating Safety Hall of Fame

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – BoatU.S. President Jim Ellis was inducted into the National Safe Boating Council's (NSBC) Boating Safety Hall of Fame at the recent International Boating and Water Safety Summit held in Panama City, Fla., according to a recent BoatU.S. press release.

Now in its ninth year, the award is given to those who have shown a continuing commitment to the advancement of boating safety, BoatU.S. reported.

"Jim has been a visionary in the field of boating safety and ahead of his peers when looking at the technological improvements he brought to the boating community,” said Virgil Chambers, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council. “We are proud to have him dedicate so much of his time and career to boating safety, this recognition is well deserved."

Chambers cited the work done by Ellis in bringing a free, officially recognized online boating safety course to the national boating community, as well as his leadership introducing more comfortable, inflatable life jackets to the market, which has been instrumental in getting more boaters into wearing lifejackets.

Ellis is a past chairman of the NSBC and was the president of the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water before being appointed BoatU.S. president in 2003.

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