The National Safe Boating Council awards committee announced the winners for the BoatU.S. Foundation Boating Safety Youth Program Award and the OMC "Take 'Em Boating" Grant at the 16th International Boating and Water Summit held in San Diego, Calif.
George Malindzak accepted the
Boating Safety Youth Program Award on behalf of Raleigh Power &
Sail Squadron. The BSYP Award, sponsored by BoatU.S., provides a vehicle
to recognize individuals and organizations that have developed and
successfully implemented innovative boating education programs directed
at youth. The Raleigh Sail & Power Squadron developed a sailing
program for kids; the kids get to build their own Optimist prams and
keep them. This unique experience takes a child through the construction
phase of boating all the way through racing. Kids accepted into the
program must be accompanied by an adult during the construction,
training and evaluation periods.
Malindzak leads the program, and he hopes it will serve as a pilot for a national program within USPS.
accepted the "Take 'Em Boating" Grant on behalf of the Mississippi
River Water Trail Association. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and
partnering organizations are developing the Mississippi River Water
Trail on the Mississippi River within the St. Louis District boundary.
The Corps has developed day-use rest areas, primitive camping areas, and
watchable wildlife and interpretive opportunities on the Mississippi
River. Ultimately, the Corps hopes to have a water trail that goes up
and down the Mississippi and can be used as a platform to train boaters
in a safe and environmentally friendly way.
Funded by the Outboard
Marine Corporation Foundation, the OMC Foundation grant program seeks
to promote interest in boating safety, environmental awareness and the
marine industry. The overarching purpose of the grant is to develop and
encourage interest in boating for future generations. The program
encourages organizations to develop creative and innovative programs to
get kids into boats and to demonstrate the benefits of water-related