Posted by: njrigg | March 4, 2010

Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program

Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program

Responding to Hurricane Katrina 2005

The Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program establishes a national standard for the training, qualification, credentialing and typing of maritime law enforcement and rescue personnel.  While the BOAT Program is not mandatory, adoption and implementation of the program will provide a true national standard for the purpose of maritime interoperability at the federal, state and local levels. Standardization ensures maritime agencies can interact together and will bolster their ability to act as force multipliers nationwide.

Adapted from the U.S. Coast Guard’s boat forces training framework, the BOAT Program is comprised of vital maritime training and management components, including:

•    System Policy
•    The Training and Qualification Process
•    Boat Crew Qualification Tasks
•    Program Manager Roles and Responsibilities
•    Boat Crew Currency Maintenance
•    Documentation Requirements

CA OES Swiftwater Team in New Orleans 2005


Training and qualifications are established to ensure the readiness of multiple agency boat crews to complete assigned missions or carry out responsibilities safely and effectively. NASBLA BOAT Program staff can assist your agency in coordinating your BOAT Program training needs through resident courses or with exportable instructors.

For more information, contact NASBLA:

PHOTOS: California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), used with permission


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