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The National Boating Safety Advisory Committee (NBSAC) was originally established as the National Boating Safety Advisory Council 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 Committee in prescribing Federal regulations, and regarding other major boating safety matters. The Committee 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).

NBSAC Working Files

The working files for NBSAC may be found at:

To view historical information from the National Boating Safety Advisory Council, please visit: