The International Boating and Water Safety Summit is a joint venture between the National Water Safety Congress (NWSC) and National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) with additional support produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

About the National Water Safety Congress

NWS logoThe NWSC remains committed to continuing their leadership role in advancing the promotion of education and hands on training for safety on our recreational waters. The NWSC develops, publishes, and distributes boating and water safety education materials to recreational and professional users, with a consistent message to provide public safety benefits and designed to reduce or eliminate water-related accidents, injuries, and fatalities. The NWSC acknowledges those who have made outstanding contributions in their efforts to prevent accidents or loss of life, and assist us in building a network of water safety professionals throughout the country between federal, state and local organizations and individuals. To learn more about the NWSC and its programs, visit www.WaterSafetyCongress.org.

NWSC's extensive Award Program recognizes the contributions of the many water safety professionals and dedicated volunteers. Please check out our Award Program and nominate anyone that you know has performed a laudable water safety act. This gives us all an opportunity to say "Thank You" and to inspire others to continue to give their best for water safety!

About the National Safe Boating Council

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The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) is the foremost coalition for the advancement and promotion of safer boating through education, outreach, and training. The NSBC accomplishes this mission by promoting outreach and research initiatives that support boating education and safety awareness; improving the professional development of boating safety educators through training; and developing and recognizing outstanding boating safety programs. To learn more about the NSBC and its programs, visit www.SafeBoatingCouncil.org.

The NSBCserves as an advocate for boating safety and education and a unifying resource for organizations that seek the goal of Safer Boating through Education. In celebration of its mission to be the foremost coalition for advancing and promoting a safer recreational boating experience through education, outreach and training, the NSBC offers one annual contest and one grant. These award opportunities recognize individuals and organizational partners in the boating community that create innovative programs designed to improve boating education and raise awareness of recreational boating safety-related issues.

BoatU.S. Foundation Boating Safety Youth Program Award

BoatU.S. Foundation, patron level member of NSBC, sponsors the Boating Safety Youth Program Award. The program provides a vehicle to recognize individuals and organizations that have developed and successfully implemented innovative youth boating education programs that target safety issues and concerns of national interest.  Winner will receive a $2,500 prize to advance the program.

OMC Foundation “Take ‘em Boating” Grant Program

The purpose of the National Safe Boating Council “Take ‘Em’ Boating” Grant is to promote and develop interest in boating for future generations. Funded by the OMC Foundation on behalf of the former employees of the Outboard Marine Corporation, the “Take ‘Em’ Boating” Grant seeks to continue their legacy by promoting interest in boating safety, environmental awareness, and the marine industry. The Take ‘Em’ Boating Grant encourages organizations to develop creative and innovative programs to get kids into boats and on the water, and to demonstrate benefits of water-related activities.  Winner will receive a $5,000 prize to advance the program.



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March 29 - April 1, 2015

IBWSS 2015

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Sandestin, FL