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January 04, 2017Oregon Marine Board Non Motorized Permit Proposal

The Oregon State Marine Board recently issued a legislative proposal to charge “$4 for a one week permit (+ $1 AIS), $12 for an annual permit (+ $5 AIS), $20 for a biennial permit (+ $10 AIS).”  The proposal says there will be reduced fees for livery operators, but does not specify what those fees will be.  The proposal also mandates life jacket wear while paddling. 

March 01, 2016Human-Propelled Boats Proposed Standards for Courses February 2016

Proposed generic standards for the content of courses teaching human powered paddlesport activities issued for public comment February 26, 2016 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

November 20, 2015Basic Boating Knowledge – Human Propelled Boats

Promulgated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the proposed standards represent the basic boating knowledge which is expected to be conveyed in all courses for operation of human powered boats.

August 26, 2014The National Boating Education Standard

This National Boating Education Standard, as overseen by the National Boating Education Standards Panel (ESP), is the product of voluntary consensus of representatives of federal and state government, industry, nonprofit organizations, and public sectors. It is intended as a guide to aid the boating community in the design and implementation of boating courses and boater education. Once finalized and approved, ESP will review this standard at least every five years, at which time it may be reaffirmed, revised, or withdrawn.

February 18, 2014 On-Water Paddling Standards - Member Only

A team of experts assembled with U.S. Coast Guard  (USCG) grant funding seeks national content validation of HUMAN  (manually propelled) boat operation standards/rubrics that will be freely available to the boating public. This is your  opportunity to impact the development of free recreational paddling and rowing (canoes, kayaks, rowboats, paddleboards,  etc.) standards/rubrics that can be voluntarily used by educators when developing boating courses

February 06, 2014National System of Standards for Recreation Boat Operation - Member Only

Q & A Session: America Outdoors Association’s 2013 Annual Conference National System of Standards for Recreational Boat Operation USCG On-­‐Water Standards Grant #2
(SAIL and HUMAN Rubrics)

February 06, 2014On-Water Paddling Standards - Member Only

The On-Water Standards Project
Presented at the America Outdoors Associaton 2013 Marketing and Management Conference by K. Brian Dorval
On-Water Standards Grant Facilitator & President, Think First Serve Inc.

December 10, 2013Paddling Standards for Rental Operations - Member Only

Handout from Paddlesport Rental Operations Network at AOA Conference 2013.

December 05, 2013National System of Standards for Recreational Boat Operation - Member Only

National System of Standards for Recreational Boat Operation. Handout from AOA conference in Albuquerque, December 2013. / What approach is the On-Water  Standards Team taking to develop On-Water Standards for national application?


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