Alaskan safety instructor honored by trade group

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Joe McCullough, education coordinator with the Alaska Office of Boating Safety, was named the Western States Boating Administrators Association’s boating safety educator of the year this week at the group's 51st annual conference.

The award is sponsored by Kalkomey Enterprises Inc., parent company of Boat Ed.

In addition to teaching students about boating safety, McCullough trains instructors. He has put a special emphasis on providing instructor training for Alaska state troopers and military personnel. As a result, more boating safety education programs are being offered now than ever before.

McCullough’s commitment includes developing and improving Alaska’s education curricula and numerous boating safety education publications and producing award-winning videos such as “Cold Water Boating” and “Boating Alaska.”

In a state with no mandatory education requirement, he has taught boating safety courses to more than 900 people and coordinated the instruction for another 1,100.

“I would like to thank Boat Ed for this award, although it’s really Alaska’s award. As the education coordinator I am so blessed to be able to work with a great boating law administrator and an awesome staff, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Department of Public Safety and various other agencies,” McCullough said in a statement.

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