NASBLA elects Connecticut BLA as new president

During its 55th annual conference, held in Bar Harbor, Maine, Oct. 16-19, 2014, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) elected Eleanor Mariani, Connecticut’s boating law administrator, as president of the nonprofit organization for the 2014-15 year. She succeeds Herb Angell, Nebraska’s boating law administrator.

Other officers of the association serving with Mariani include:

  • Vice President – Darren Rider, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  • Treasurer – Stephanie Weatherington, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
  • Member-at-Large – Mark Brown, Oklahoma
  • Member-at-Large – Tom Guess, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
  • Member-at-Large – Cody Jones, Texas Department of Parks & Wildlife
  • Immediate Past President – Herb Angell, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission


NASBLA accredited as standards developer organization

NASBLA has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute as a standards developer organization effective September 19, 2014.

Accreditation opens the path for review of the newly revised boating education standard, NASBLA 103-2015: Basic Boating Knowledge — Power, as an American National Standard. It also provides additional tools and opportunities to elevate state programs, unify community boating program efforts, and strengthen the work of state, nonprofit, public and federal partners in targeted, meaningful and efficient ways. MORE

FEMA approves NASBLA Tactical Operators Course

The Tactical Operators Course developed under the NASBLA's Boat Operations and Training Program has been approved for inclusion in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Training and Education Division's State/Federally Sponsored Course Catalog. MORE


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