BoatUS Foundation President Chris EdmonstonElected Chairman of National Safe Boating Council

ANNAPOLIS, Md., October 2, 2013 —  BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water President Chris Edmonston  has been elected Chairman of the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC). Created in its current form by the Federal Boating  Safety Act of 1971, the Council is the  nation’s principle public-private boating safety advocacy organization with a coalition of over 330 US and international member  organizations. Its mission is to promote a safer recreational boating experience through education, outreach and  training.
“Chris has made boating safety  education more accessible for thousands of America’s boaters, contributing to  the Council’s effort to ensure everyone has a great, and safe, day on the  water.” said BoatUS President Margaret Podlich. “We are humbled by the  Council’s decision to select Chris to lead this prestigious organization. We  also hope this shows the depth of BoatUS’ commitment  to boating safety.”
The industry is Increasingly seeing the value of  educating people on how to boat safely, and the Council is a great bridge  between industry and the general public,” said Edmonston. “I look forward to  working with the Council to strengthen and grow this great coalition. It does a  great job of bringing state and federal agencies together with industry  partners to address boating safety issues.”
A native Marylander,  Edmonston has been boating his entire life and currently boats with his family  on the Chesapeake Bay.
The National Safe Boating  Council is responsible for the annual National Safe Boating Week (May 17-23,  2014) and the “Wear It” life jacket promotional program. It offers a series of  safe boating courses for instructors and the boating public, research  publications, educational tools, an informative boating safety newsletter, and more.  Go to


About the BoatUS  Foundation:
The BoatUS Foundation for  Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and  responsible boating. Funded primarily by the half-million members of BoatUS, it  provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the  aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s  waterways and keeping boating safe for all. To make a tax-deductible donation  to this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, go to

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