Acronyms

A

AAMVA American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

ABA American Bar Association

ABA Angling & Boating Alliance

ABYC American Boat & Yacht Council

ACA American Canoe Association

ACBS Antique and Classic Boat Society

AFWA Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies

AIS automatic identification system

ALAB American League of Anglers & Boaters

AMI Association of Marina Industries

ANS aquatic nuisance species

ANSI American National Standards Institute

ASA American Sailing Association

ASA American Sportfishing Association

ASD Accredited Standards Developer

ASJ American Sailing Journal

AW American Whitewater

E

EPA
Environmental Protection Agency

EPIRB
emergency position indicating radio beacon

ERAC
Engineering, Reporting & Analysis Committee

ESP
Education Standards Panel

EVOC
Enhanced Vessel Operator (course)

I

IAMI
International Association of Marine Investigators

IBWSS
International Boating & Water Safety Summit

ICE
Institute for Credentialing Excellence

ISO
International Standards Organization

M

MDA
Maritime Domain Awareness

MLA
Maritime Law Association

MLEO
marine law enforcement officer

MOAA
Marina Operators Association of America

MOE
measures of effectiveness

MOI
Methods of Instruction (course)

MOU
memorandum of understanding

MRAA
Marine Retailers Association of the Americas

MSD
marine sanitation device

MTO
Marine Tactical Operations

MVTIS
National Moter Vehicle Title Information System

Q

U

UL
Underwriters Laboratories

UCOTA
Uniform Certificate of Title Act

UCOTVA
Uniform Certificate of Title for Vessels Act

USACE
United States Army Corps of Engineers

USATONS
United States AIDS To Navigation

USCA
United States Canoe Association

USCG
United States Coast Guard

USCG-A
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

USCG-AUX
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

USGS
United States Geological Survey

USPS
United States Power Squadrons

USWMS
Uniform State Waterway Marking System

USACK
USA Canoe/Kayak

Y

B

BAC
blood alcohol concentration

BAI
Boat Accident Investigation (course)

BAIRAC
Boating Accident, Investigation, Reporting & Analysis Committee

BAR
boat accident report

BARD
Boating Accident Report Database

BARD-I
Boating Accident Report Database - Internet

BCM
Basic Crew Member (course)

BEAP
Boating Education Advisory Panel

BEST
Foundation for Boater Education and Safety

BLA
boating law administrator

BLM
Bureau of Land Recommendation

BOAT
Boat Operations and Training

BOSAR
Boat Operator for Search and Rescue (course)

BSAC
[National] Boating Safety Advisory Council

BUI
boating under the influence

F

FBS
Fire Boat Small (course)

FEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency

FLETC
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

J

JSI
John Snow, Inc.

N

NACLEC
National Association of Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs

NASBLA
National Association of State Boating Law Administrators

NASPD
National Association of State Parks Directors

NAVSAC
Navigation Safety Advisory Council

NBF
National Boating Federation

NBSAC
National Boating Safety Advisory Council

NCCA
National Commission for Certifying Agencies

NCMPS
National Center for Maritime & Port Security

NCCUSL
National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws

NIOSH
National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health

NIST
National institute of Standards and Technology

NMMA
National Marine Manufacturers Association

NOAA
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NPRM
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 

NPS
National Park Service

NRBSC
National Recreational Boating Safety Coalition

NSA
National Sheriffs Association

NSBC
National Safe Boating Council

NTSB
National Transportation Safety Board

NTTAA
National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act

NVDC
National Vessel Documentation Center

NWSC
National Water Safety Congress

R

RBFF
Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation

RBS
recreational boating safety

RND
Radiological and Nuclear Detection (course)

RPBA
Recreational Powerboating Association

V

VDS
visual distress signal

VHF
very high frequency 

VIRT
Vessel Identification, Registration and Titling Committee

VIS
Vessel Identification System

VTS
Vessel Traffic Services

Z

C

CAW
Center for Asymmetric Warfare

CCG
Canadian Coast Guard

CFR
Code of Federal Regulations

C-PORT
Conference of Professional Operators for Response Towing

CPSC
Consumer Product Safety Commission

CPSS
Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons

CSBC
Canadian Safe Boating Council

CSG
Council of State Governments

G

GPS
Global Positioning System

K

O

OMB
Office of Management and Budget

OUI
operating under the influence

OWS
Officer Water Survival (course)

S

SAE
Society of Automotive Engineers

SCA
Small Craft Advisory (magazine)

SDO
Standards Development Organization

SNPRM
Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

SNS
Standard Numbering System

SOBA
States Organization for Boating Access

SPIN
Stop Propeller Injuries Now

STP
Standards Technical Panel

W

D

DHS
Department of Homeland Security

DNR
Department of Natural Resources

DOI
Department of the Interior

H

HELP
Heat Escape Lessening Position

HIN
hull identificatin number

L

LE
law enforcement

LCRA
Lower Colorado River Authority

P

PAS
Pursuit and Stop (course)

PFD
personal flotation device

PFDMA
Personal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association

PIA
Paddlesports Industry Association

PPA
Persoanl Paddlesport Association

PSA
public service announcement

PWC
personal watercraft

PWIA
Personal Watercraft Industry Association

T

TOC
Tactical Operators Course

TSAC
Towing Safety Advisory Council

X