National Recreational Boating Safety Surveys (NRBSS)

In 2014, the results of the U.S. Coast Guard's 2012 National Recreational Boating Surveys were released. NASBLA/ERAC spent hours seeking explanations of how the participation and exposure hours data were generated, considering the merits of using exposure hours as the denominator in risk ratios, and developing compilations of state-level data. Products associated with those explorations--by ERAC and the Coast Guard--are presented below.

In December 2020, the Coast Guard announced the release of the results of the 2018 Participation and Exposure surveys. During the 2021-2022 committee cycle, ERAC is once again exploring and evaluating the survey findings and methodologies with an eye toward developing products that can assist the states in practical application of the data to their RBS programs. 

Webinars (2022) - New!

Exploring the National Recreational Boating Safety Surveys (PDF of the PowerPoint slides and presenter notesOn May 10, 2022, with a repeat on May 12, national webinars sponsored by ERAC presented background on the 2018 surveys, how they were conducted, and some of the major findings. But the panelists--state and Coast Guard members of ERAC--also wanted to give states and other stakeholders a better understanding of the risk ratios generated via the exposure hours collected as well as the overall benefits of using the surveys' findings. A set of "quick polls" conducted during the webinars gathered feedback on attendees' familiarity with and use of the surveys, thoughts on what might improve future products, and interests in delving into the methodology and application of the survey data. Plans for follow-up group discussions and at least one deep dive session are in development as a result of attendees' feedback.

The May 12 session recording will be posted to the NASBLA eLearning Center shortly.

Research Brief (ERAC, July 2015) 

2012 NRBS State-Level Data

2012 NRBS Fact Sheet Series by USCG

2012 NRBS Survey Methodology

Resources mentioned in the Small Craft Advisory articles

  • Downloads of the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2012 NRBS summary report, and the questionnaires, methodology reports, and micro-data files [NOTE: the supporting materials for the 2012 survey currently are not available on the USCG webpage; links will be reinserted when those items are restored.]

2012 Exposure Hours – data weighting methodology – simplified explanations

2012 Participant Survey – data weighting methodology – simplified explanation

Other 2012 NRBS resources provided by the U.S. Coast Guard

page last updated May 18, 2022

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