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The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) was established by the Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971. The law requires the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard by delegation, to consult with the Council in prescribing Federal regulations, and regarding other major boating safety matters. The Council has consistently provided invaluable advice to the Coast Guard on a broad range of boating safety matters.

NBSAC typically holds two meetings a year, usually in the spring and fall. Meetings are open to the public, and meeting times, location and agenda are published in the Federal Register.  The Director of Inspections & Compliance (CG-5PC) in Coast Guard Headquarters is the Council's Sponsor, and the Chief, Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety (CG-BSX) is NBSAC's Designated Federal Officer (DFO).

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More information about NBSAC, including:

  • meeting details
  • meeting agenda
  • meeting minutes
  • resolutions
  • charter & bylaws
  • membership rosters
  • application instructions
can be found on our Homeport website at


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