FWC names boating educator of the year
Friday, July 08, 2011
Media contact: Katie Purcell, 850-459-6585
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has
selected Dr. Wilbur G. Hugli of Fort Walton Beach as Florida's 2010
Boating Educator of the Year. As the state winner, Hugli will also
be a candidate for the National Association of State Boating Law
Administrators' (NASBLA) national award.
The award recognizes those in the boating education field who go
above and beyond to engage new and current boaters, raise awareness
and make boating education initiatives relevant, thorough and
FWC Capt. Richard Moore, who is Florida's boating law
administrator and NASBLA representative, was responsible for
working with a selection committee to choose a recipient for the
"While all of the nominees demonstrated outstanding credentials,
our committee unanimously selected Dr. Hugli." Moore said.
Hugli has been part of the Fort Walton Sail and Power Squadron,
a unit of the U.S. Power Squadrons, for 21 years. The U.S. Power
Squadrons organization is a nonprofit, educational organization
dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching
classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects.
Through his efforts with the Power Squadrons, Hugli has
volunteered his time to author four widely acclaimed boating safety
seminars as well as a benchmark student manual for educating new
"Many people have busy lifestyles and a limited ability to
commit to traditional classes," Moore said. "Dr. Hugli has
pioneered creative solutions to address this."
Hugli has also reached out to young boaters, prompting Crestview
High School and the University of West Florida to implement
classroom and online boating safety classes.
"Dr. Hugli has been a valuable partner to the FWC," Moore said.
"He is thoroughly involved with boating safety education and
training at all levels and truly understands the goal of educating
the public - reducing risk and ultimately saving lives."
Moore said the selection committee focused on choosing an
individual who exhibited a passion for safe boating, a use of
innovative education techniques, a delivery of risk-based education
and active support of state boating safety goals.
"We are impressed with the way Dr. Hugli's boating safety
education efforts fit our areas of emphasis and the fact that he
has accomplished so much in his work as a volunteer," Moore
FWC staff will formally recognize Hugli at an upcoming Fort
Walton Sail and Power Squadron meeting. Hugli will now compete with
nominees from other states at both the regional and national level.
The three regional winners will win a trip to the NASBLA Annual
Conference, where the national winner will be announced.