Acronym Definition
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
BAC blood alcohol concentrartion
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
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
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DNR Department of Natural Resources
DOI Department of the Interior
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPIRB emergency position indicating radio beacon
ERAC Engineering, Reporting & Analysis Committee
ESP Education Standards Panel
EVOC Enhanced Vessel Operator (course)
FBS Fire Boat Small (course)
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FLETC Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
GPS Global Positioning System
HELP Heat Escape Lessening Position
HIN hull identificatin number
IAMI International Association of Marine Investigators
IBWSS International Boating & Water
Safety Summit
ICE Institute for Credentialing Excellence
ISO International Standards Organization
JSI John Snow, Inc.
LE law enforcement
LCRA Lower Colorado River Authority
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
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
OMB Office of Management and Budget
OUI operating under the influence
OWS Officer Water Survial (course)
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 Watercarft Industry Association
RBFF Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
RBS recreational boating safety
RND Radiological and Nuclear Detection (course)
RPBA Recreational Powerboating Association
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
TOC Tactical Operators Course
TSAC Towing Safety Advisory Council
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
VDS visual distress signal
VHF very high frequency 
VIRT Vessel Identification, Registration and Titling Committee
VIS Vessel Identification System
VTS Vessel Traffic Services
WSBAA Western States Boating Administrators Association