Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hugli named Florida boating educator of the year

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has selected USPS Educational Outreach Chairman, R/C Wilbur G. Hugli, SN, of Fort Walton Beach as Florida’s 2010 Boating Educator of the Year. As the state winner, Hugli will also be a candidate for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators national award.

The award recognizes those in the boating education field who go above and beyond to engage new and current boaters, raise awareness and make boating education initiatives relevant, thorough and exciting.

Florida’s boating law administrator and NASBLA representative, FWC Capt. Richard Moore worked with a committee that unanimously selected Hugli for his passion for safe boating, use of innovative education techniques, delivery of risk-based education and active support of state boating safety goals.

A 21-year member of USPS’ Fort Walton Sail & Power Squadron, Hugli has written four boating safety seminars and a student manual for new boaters.

“Many people have busy lifestyles and a limited ability to commit to traditional classes,” Moore said. “Dr. Hugli has pioneered creative solutions to address this.

“He is thoroughly involved with boating safety education and training at all levels and truly understands the goal of educating the public--reducing risk and ultimately saving lives.”

Hugli will now compete with nominees from other states at both the regional and national level. The three regional winners will win a trip to the NASBLA Annual Conference, where the national winner will be announced.

Monday, July 25, 2011

NASBLA Appoints Sweet to Standards Panel

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Executive Board recently appointed United States Power Squadrons’ National Educational Officer V/C Bob Sweet, SN, to its new National Education Standards Panel. Representing public, state, federal, commercial and nonprofit stakeholder interests, the 15-member panel begins work this year to review the National Boating Education Standards.

Sweet, Pam Dillon and Joseph Connolly II have been chosen to represent public interests on the new Education Standards Panel. Anthony Cardoza (N.H.), Ed Huntsman (Ariz.), Jeff Johnson (Alaska), MariAnn Koloszar (Ore.) and Betsy Woods (Tenn.) will represent state interests.

Representing federal boating agency interests are John Malatak (U.S. Coast Guard) and Robin Freeman (U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary).

Cindy Kalkomey (BoatEd) and Kerry Moher (BoaterExam) represent commercial interests, and John Adey (American Boat & Yacht Council), Joe Gatfield (Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons) and Terry Leitz (National Marine Manufacturers Association) represent nonprofit interests.

The panel will review the National Boating Education Standards on a five-year basis beginning with the most currently approved version. After the panel organizes its work, an initial call for proposed revisions to the standards will be announced along with instructions for submissions. The standards document up for review and other resource items will be made available on the NASBLA website.

To learn more about the Education Standards Panel, its rules and the appointees, please visit