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Boating tips to safely navigate busy Fourth of July waters

By the Water Sports Foundation All over the country this upcoming holiday weekend, boaters will be cruising to popular gathering spots for watersports, to raft up, drop anchor and swim, enjoy barbecues and cap off festivities with spectacular fireworks celebrations.  “After a year of Covid restrictions, boaters are out on the water in force, soaking up plenty of sun and ...

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Profiles in leadership: Jim Emmons

By Wanda Kenton Smith From the time he was a tyke tubing behind his grandfather’s 55-foot houseboat, through combo skiing and carving on a big board as a teen, to surfing the waves in exotic oceans as an adult, Jim Emmons has had a lifelong love affair with the water. In 1989, former college buddy John McEver of World Publications ...

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12 top boating safety tips for the busy summer boating season

By Wanda Kenton Smith With new and used boat sales soaring to record highs in 2020 to first-time boat buyers, boating safety stakeholders are taking extra measures to communicate and promote safe boating practices in advance of the busy summer boating season. “The pandemic literally saw hundreds of thousands of newcomers join the ranks of first-time boat owners, so we’re ...

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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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Water Sports Foundation appoints Wanda Kenton Smith to communications director

The Water Sports Foundation (WSF) has appointed veteran journalist, marine marketer and publicist Wanda Kenton Smith of Kenton Smith Marketing to head communications and PR for its latest U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Outreach Grant focused on expanding national media coverage and enhancing media relations. Kenton Smith is a 35-plus year, award-winning marine industry professional whose career includes editor of ...

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Water Sports Foundation welcomes new content director

Jeff Moag

The Water Sports Foundation welcomes outdoor writer and editor Jeff Moag as its new content director, with responsibility for managing the non-profit’s media campaigns promoting safe boating and paddling. Moag will also oversee development of a new website and expanded social-media presence for the leading boating-safety foundation established in 2004. Moag was editor-in-chief of Canoe & Kayak magazine for eight ...

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Did you see that article in The New York Times?

The New York Times Boat Business Is Booming

By David Gee The good news is The New York Times recently ran a glowing article called The Boat Business Is Booming. You might have seen it. They interviewed dealers (including Quality Boats; Boating Industry 2019 Top 100 Dealer of the Year) who report sales are up in every category, highlighting the fact many boats are going to first-time buyers. ...

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The newest – and best – tactic for reaching the unreachables

Jim Emmons Water Sports Foundation

By Jim Emmons For more than five years, I’ve been trying to learn exactly how so many people perish while enjoying paddlesports. According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics report, 613 Americans died while boating. Of them, 167 died while participating in canoeing, kayaking, standup-paddleboarding, row-boating and on inflatables. While overall boating deaths have declined for three ...

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Coast Guard stats show continued reduction in boating deaths

The United States Coast Guard has just released its 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics report revealing a decline in American boating deaths for the third straight year.  Total boating deaths reflect a 3.2% decrease, from 633 in 2018 to 613 in 2019. The 61st annual report, “2019 Recreational Boating Statistics,” contains statistics on recreational boating accidents and state vessel registration. The ...

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Jim Emmons appointed to Chair USCG NBSAC

Jim Emmons headshot

Jim Emmons, a 31-year career marine industry veteran and current non-profit outreach grants director for the Water Sports Foundation, Inc. -- a division of the Water Sports Industry Association -- was recently appointed as the U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Committee (NBSAC) Chairman by Coast Guard Captain David C. Barata, Director, Inspections and Compliance. In this senior leadership ...

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