Scott Rist, senior ranger for the Crawford State Parks Complex, was recently awarded State Boating Educator of the Year for Colorado for 2013 by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators.
Rist, who has been with Colorado Parks and Wildlife for nine years, has taken a lead role in boating safety at the park complex which includes Crawford State Park, Paonia State Park and Sweitzer Lake State Park.
"Scott is a great teacher who loves to pass along his boating and safety knowledge," said Ed Keleher, manager for the park complex. "He helps make boating safer in Colorado."
Rist is especially interested in kids and also serves as the youth boating safety instructor for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He works with local schools to provide boating and water safety classes, has provided instruction for about 300 young students at the parks during the last eight years, and constantly talks about safety to kids and adults during boating season at the park.
Besides providing training to the public, he is also a lead instructor for the boat training academy for Colorado State Parks employees. Rist has developed a specialized boating safety training course for seasonal rangers; he's also an instructor for the American Canoe Association.
"Scott is enthusiastically proactive about boat safety," said Patt Dorsey, southwest regional manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "We're proud that the association chose him to receive the award. It's well deserved."
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is a national non-profit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety for agencies in all 50 states.blog comments powered by Disqus