SACRAMENTO — The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary has been
selected to receive the National Water Safety Congress' National
Award for its role in promoting boating and water safety.
Only one such award is presented annually to an individual,
organization, firm, or agency that has made a significant
contribution to water-safety issues/programs on a national scale.
This is the highest award given by the National Water Safety
According to Jeffrey Hoedt, chief of Office of Boating Safety
for the U.S. Coast Guard, "It's quite an accomplishment for the
auxiliary to receive this prestigious recognition, and I'm glad to
see it happen.
Without a doubt, the auxiliary does incredible work in making
America's boating public safer."
National Commodore Gene Seibert said, "The Coast Guard Auxiliary
appreciates the recognition of our past and continuing efforts to
keep both the recreational and commercial boater safe on the water."
Warren McAdams, national directorate commodore for Recreational
Boating Safety, will be accepting this award on behalf of the
national commodore at the upcoming International Boating and Water
Safety Summit (IBWSS).
Regarding the award, McAdams said, "We provide support to the
U.S. Coast Guard, and recreational boating safety is one of our
"Our members will take great pride in the recognition and honor
bestowed on them by the National Water Safety Congress!"
The award will be presented during the International Boating and
Water Safety Summit awards banquet, the evening of May 3 at the
Westin Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla.