Freedom Boat Club yesterday was recognized with the National Safe Boating Council’s community impact award for the club’s Boat Safe. Have Fun. initiative.
The community impact prize, part of the International Boating and Water Safety Summit Communication Award program, honors advocates who identify creative ways to educate the public about safety on and in the water.
Cecil Cohn, president of Freedom Boat Club Network, said the award reinforces the network’s dedication to safety and the NSBC’s emphasis on raising awareness.
“This award represents our longstanding commitment of creating robust, hands-on training programs and making safety a top priority among our passionate community of 70,000-plus members,” Cohn said in a statement yesterday.
Established in 2004, Freedom’s Boat Safe. Have Fun. initiative requires each participant to complete 4 hours of on-water orientation from a NSBC certified instructor. To date, Freedom’s training has reached more than 70,000 members and an estimated 200,000 guests of member.
“We were impressed with the number of leaders in the boating community doing extensive outreach all over the country. This year brought particularly strong and creative awareness initiatives that made a significant impact,” said Peg Phillips, executive director of NSBC.
The annual IBWSS Communication Awards were presented at the 2022 water safety summit in Washington D.C.