The American Boat and Yacht Council and National Association of State Boating Law Administrators are offering ABYC members classes in NASBLA’s Boat Operations and Training Program. The classes had been available only to maritime law enforcement officials and related personnel.
“For the first time, NASBLA is offering ABYC members the opportunity to attend NASBLA BOAT Program’s Boating Accident Investigation course and the GPS Forensics course,” John Fetterman, NASBLA deputy executive director, said in a statement. “This collaboration with ABYC is a natural fit, — and an opportunity to train to a national standard — that is long overdue.”
In the two weeks since the partnership was announced to ABYC members, the Boating Accident Investigation and Analysis course sold out, though additional classes are expected to be scheduled in the future. Seats are still available for the GPS Forensics.
GPS Forensics, to be held Nov. 15 in Annapolis, Md., will include recovering evidence from GPS devices and preparing it for courtroom presentation.
“Skilled individuals in the investigative process are a must to improve boating safety as a result of accidents,” ABYC president John Adey said. “The ability for ABYC members to participate in NASBLA’s program is exciting and long awaited. This is cooperation at its best.”