Celebrate 50 Years of Boating Safety on August 10th

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971 on August 10th!

On August 10th, 1971, President Richard Nixon signed the Federal Boat Safety Act (FBSA). The act mandated a cooperative Federal-State effort to improve the safety of recreational boating in the United States. It also established the National Recreational Boating Safety Program and gave the U.S. Coast Guard the authority to establish mandatory boat manufacturing and safety standards.

Watch this session kicking off the FBSA’s milestone anniversary during the 2021 International Boating and Water Safety Summit. View video >>

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