The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) was established by the Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971. The law requires the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard by delegation, to consult with the Council in prescribing Federal regulations, and regarding other major boating safety matters. The Council has consistently provided invaluable advice to the Coast Guard on a broad range of boating safety matters.
NBSAC typically holds two meetings a year, usually in the spring and fall. Meetings are open to the public, and meeting times, location and agenda are published in the Federal Register. The Director of Inspections & Compliance (CG-5PC) in Coast Guard Headquarters is the Council's Sponsor, and the Chief, Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety (CG-BSX) is NBSAC’s Designated Federal Officer (DFO).
We are tentatively planning on holding a NBSAC meeting on 8-9 May 2014 in the DC area. We have submitted all the requests for approval, and hope to have a final confirmation in February.
We also plan on having three subcommittee conference calls on the following dates:
Boats & Associated Equipment - 13 March @ 1pm eastern time
Strategic Planning - 27 March @ 1pm eastern time
Prevention through People - 2 April @ 1pm eastern time
More information will be forthcoming on all of these meetings, and if anything changes, we will send out an email and make a note of it on this website.
View meeting announcements, agendas, minutes, and presentations in PDF form by clicking the title link above.
View resolutions passed by The National Boating Safety Advisory Council here. All resolutions are listed by resolution number, and are available as a downloadable PDF.
Find out more information about how to apply for NBSAC.
Please click the link above for more information about NBSAC including its charter. bylaws, membership, and committees.