Minnesota DNR’s Smalley inducted into National Boating Safety Hall of Fame
Minnesota DNR boating and water safety specialist Tim Smalley
has been inducted in the National Boating Safety Hall of Fame.
Smalley was honored March 31 during the National Safe Boating
Council (NSBC) Conference.
“Our hall of fame honors individuals who have shown exemplary
leadership and performed outstanding service on behalf of safe
boating,” said NSBC Executive Director Virgil Chambers. “Tim
Smalley’s work has changed the face of boating safety outreach and
education, not only in Minnesota, but across the country. He is a
true champion of boating safety.”
During his 25 years with the DNR, Smalley has contributed in
countless ways to the recreational boating safety community. He has
worked on innovative television and radio public service
announcements and other public outreach campaigns that have been
used in Minnesota and 30 states, a number of federal agencies and
in Canada. The ads and public service announcements have also have
won dozens of regional and national advertising awards.
In addition to writing Minnesota’s boating safety course,
Smalley has collaborated on a number of books and publications
about boating safety, survival, water rescue and ice rescue for
Minnesota, United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
The NSBC, which includes more than 330 U.S. and Canadian
organizations, is the foremost coalition for the advancement and
promotion of safer boating through education.