Education Standards Panel

The National Boating Education Standards—adopted by the NASBLA membership in 1999 and amended seven times since—are intended to prescribe the minimum body of knowledge to effect safe, legal, and enjoyable recreational boating and to serve as a basis for boating education courses approved by NASBLA and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard.

In its continuing efforts to achieve national agreement and consistency in boating education program content and course delivery for the nation’s boaters, NASBLA  has established the National Boating Education Standards Panel. The 15-member Panel, designed to represent a range of stakeholder interests, is charged with reviewing, developing, and revising the Standards using open, consensus-based procedures conforming to the Essential Requirements for Due Process of American National Standards Institute (ANSI).


Open for public review through October 4, 2014

NASBLA 101-20XX Basic Boating Knowledge - Human-Propelled, Paddlesports, Etc. - Clean Copy

NASBLA 101-20XX Basic Boating Knowledge - Human-Propelled, Paddlesports, Etc. - Tracked Changes

Comments relating to specific revisions under consideration are encouraged from any party materially affected by the Standard.

Follow this EZ-ESP link to register for access to the standards webtool. All communication regarding the National Boating Education Standards, including information regarding the call for proposed revisions, panel disposition of comments received, and input of public comments (during open call periods) is available via this site.

NOTE:  All meetings of the Education Standards Panel are open to the boating public.

Education Standards Panel FAQs
Education Standards Panel Rules
Education Standards Panel Code of Ethics
Applications are accepted year-round. Members of Panel will be selected and announced by the NASBLA Executive Board as terms expire or as vacancies occur.
Education Standards Panel Application (PDF version) (for use as guide in preparing online submission)
Education Standards Panel Application (online)
Contact Ron Sarver if you have questions.
Watch for updates to this page with responses to frequently asked questions.

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NASBLA Appoints Education Standards Panel