The Dutch Boatmen’s Association (DBA) was founded in 1977. The goal of the DBA is to promote the interests of her members, to advise her members and to exchange experiences in many domains. Also the DBA developed its own Boatmen’s training program which is recognized by the ministry of OCW (Education, Culture and Sciences) and which is compulsory for all boatmen in the Netherlands since 1983. Also, all qualified boatmen are recorded in the Dutch Boatmen Index.