Water sports group honored by federal government

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The Water Sports Industry Association was recently acknowledged by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for its contribution to executing the Coast Guard's strategic plan and its contribution to the Coast Guard’s efforts to make recreational boating safer.

“[The National Boating Safety Advisory Council] has made invaluable contributions through its advice to the department. This kind of dialogue and interaction is key to ensuring the Coast Guard continues to be well-informed as it considers recreational boating safety issues. In particular, your work in developing the national recreational boating safety program's strategic plan has helped chart the course for the future of the program,” Napolitano said in a letter to the group.

The association said it continues its boating safety work by volunteering for many other group committees, such as the Underwriters Laboratories STP Group on Life Jacket Design, the National Outreach Working Group for the National Boating Safety Advisory Council and the Coast Guard Strategic Plan. The association also serves as Objective II Leader of the Coast Guard’s Strategic Plan.

In addition to these efforts, the association, through its sister organization, the Water Sports Foundation, manages a consumer outreach campaign.

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