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BoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston Elected Chairman of National Safe Boating Council

Photo Caption: BoatUS Foundation President and National Safe Boating Council President Chris Edmonston.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md., October 2, 2013 -- BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water President Chris Edmonston has been elected Chairman of the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC). Created in its current form by the Federal Boating Safety Act of 1971, the Council is the nation’s principal public-private boating safety advocacy organization with a coalition of over 330 US and international member organizations. Its mission is to promote a safer recreational boating experience through education, outreach and training.
 
“Chris has made boating safety education more accessible for thousands of America’s boaters, contributing to the Council’s effort to ensure everyone has a great, and safe, day on the water.” said BoatUS President Margaret Podlich. “We are humbled by the Council’s decision to select Chris to lead this prestigious organization. We also hope this shows the depth of BoatUS’ commitment to boating safety.”
 
The industry is Increasingly seeing the value of educating people on how to boat safely, and the Council is a great bridge between industry and the general public,” said Edmonston. “I look forward to working with the Council to strengthen and grow this great coalition. It does a great job of bringing state and federal agencies together with industry partners to address boating safety issues.”
 
A native Marylander, Edmonston has been boating his entire life and currently boats with his family on the Chesapeake Bay.
 
The National Safe Boating Council is responsible for the annual National Safe Boating Week (May 17-23, 2014) and the “Wear It” life jacket promotional program. It offers a series of safe boating courses for instructors, research publications, educational tools, an informative boating safety newsletter, and more. Go to www.safeboatingcouncil.org
 
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About the BoatUS Foundation:
 
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by the half-million members of BoatUS, it provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America's waterways and keeping boating safe for all. To make a tax-deductible donation to this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, go to www.BoatUS.com/foundation.