Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Update from IBWSS

This week, we are excited to be attending the 19th annual International Boating and Water Safety Summit (IBWSS) in Sandestin, Florida. The conference kicked off Monday morning with a Color Guard ceremony followed by a U.S. Coast Guard update. Captain Jon Burton and Captain Tom Boross presented on the National Recreational Boating Safety Program, discussing the national casualty and numbered boat statistics, the reauthorization of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust fund, and other updates. 

Captain Tom Boross giving his opening remarks for IBWSS 2015.
The day marched on with general sessions and a remarkable presentation from keynote speakers Greg Spooner and Jordan Hanssen of OAR Northwest. Greg and Jordan told the story of an on-water adventure that took them from West Africa, across the Atlantic, through the Bermuda Triangle to Miami, including a detailed account of how they survived a disaster scenario thanks to teamwork, perseverance, and meticulous preparation. 

Jordan and Greg of OAR Northwest telling tales of adventure, disaster, & survival.
This morning, Chris Stec will be presenting on the latest in the world of stand up paddleboards, specifically regarding leash and life jacket wear. Many stand up paddlers are unsure when and where to use these important pieces of equipment--educate yourself so you know how to paddle safe! Then, right after lunch, we'll be heading to Baytowne Beach for some kayaking and SUP instruction followed by a paddling competition at 4pm. 

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