The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and state, federal and nonprofit partners encourage boaters to enroll in a boating education course prior to the kickoff of the boating season.

Developed by NASBLA, and produced under a grant administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, the annual Spring Aboard campaign informs and motivates boaters to prepare for the boating season by providing information on how to enroll in a boating knowledge or skills based education course. The campaign emphasizes enrollment in courses verified as meeting the national boating knowledge or skill standard.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics indicate that of the accidents where the level of operator education was known, 74% of boating deaths occurred on boats where the boat operator had never received boating education instruction.