FirstWatch has entered into an exciting Partnership Agreement with NASBLA’s (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) BOAT Program.

FirstWatch will supply high performance flotation and weather gear to NASBLA’s Instructors and Members. There are over 150 NASBLA training professionals who make up the Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program.


The Partnership

The interconnected mission of both NASBLA and FirstWatch is to enhance the safety and security of our nation’s waterways by strengthening and protecting the people who patrol those waters. Clearly, these mutual missions provide an opportunity to create a relationship serving our mutual goals through partnerships and connectivity to this vital maritime community.

Mark DuPont, Director of NASBLA’s BOAT Program said “A living Partnership/Sponsorship Agreement must go beyond the commitment to form a relationship. It must also articulate an actionable affiliation, which harmonizes the mission statements of complementary organizations in a productive allegiance.” Mr. DuPont added, “we have been working informally with FirstWatch for the past 2 years in support of their protective gear developments. This Partnership was a natural next step.”

Ross Johnston, General Manager of FirstWatch Gear, mentioned that “learning from NASBLA’s dedicated trainers, members and its community will raise the level of FirstWatch/H2OTAC marine gear protective gear for all our customers.” Mr. Johnston added “NASBLA BOAT Program is a world class resource for the First Responder Community. Through BOAT courses delivered all across the United States, maritime law enforcement officers and emergency responders receive the skills and tools necessary to safely execute their duties. Firstwatch Gear is proud to partner with such an esteemed group.”


About National Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ BOAT PROGRAM

NASBLA is a national non-profit organization that for over 55 years has represented the boating law authorities from all 50 United States and six territories.

NASBLA launched its Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program in the spring of 2010 in order to ensure true interoperability amongst all local, county, state, federal and tribal jurisdictions in the areas of maritime law enforcement and emergency response. Today, the NASBLA Course Catalog spans multiple areas of maritime law enforcement, public safety and emergency response including; Boat Crew Member, Boat Operator for Search and Rescue, Tactical Operations, Pursuit and STOP, Airboat, Officer Water Survival, Boating Accident Investigation, and Boating Under The Influence Enforcement training. And in 2012, the BOAT Program was recognized as the National Standard of training, typing and credentialing by the United States Coast Guard.

As of this release, NASBLA has delivered over 300 courses in 44 states and territories to over 6000 maritime public safety professionals over the last five years.

Contact Information:

NASBLA: Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program

David Considine: Email:; Phone: 859 225-9487, x7311


Ross Johnston: Email; Phone: 519-591-5055