Kurt and Cindy Kalkomey incorporate Boat Ed® to offer boating safety education and certification tests.
1998: Boat-ed.com in Texas
The first boating safety video course and home-study test are launched in Texas. Georgia and South Carolina begin offering the boating safety video course. Kalkomey begins delivering online safety training with the introduction of boat-ed.com in Texas.
2000: U.S. Coast Guard and United States Power Squadrons
Boat Ed publishes a boating manual on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard and United States Power Squadrons, the first external company to do so in the history of those organizations.
2001: Southeast states Hunter Education Manual
Southeast states ask Kalkomey to develop a hunter education manual.
2002: Hunter-ed.com is Launched
Hunter-ed.com, which provides online hunter education, is launched. Kalkomey prints its first hunting manual, Today’s Hunter. A Spanish-language edition of Boat America—Navegando America—is printed.
2003: First Interactive Animations
Kalkomey becomes the first boating safety course provider to introduce interactive animations to enhance online learning.
2004: Bowhunter-ed.com is Introduced
The bowhunting education course and exams debut online at bowhunter-ed.com.
2005: Offroad-ed.com is Introduced
Offroad-ed.com, an online source for off-road vehicle safety education and certification, is introduced. A Spanish-language edition of Today’s Hunter—El Cazador de Hoy—is printed.
Boat Ed is the first boater safety course provider to stream video segments for online instruction.
2008: Event Manager
Kalkomey’s Event Manager is introduced for Missouri and soon gains wide acceptance. It’s a secure, Internet-based system for state agencies to manage any event offered to the public.
2009: Snowmobile-ed.com is Introduced
Kalkomey begins recruiting a team of highly skilled programmers and user experience professionals to meet the needs of a rapidly growing Internet-based product line. Snowmobile-ed.com, an online source for snowmobile safety education and certification, is introduced.
2010: Relocation and More Products
Kalkomey begins to encompass the full spectrum of print, online, and DVD courses and data management tools. Kalkomey moves its offices to a new 30,000 square foot building at 14086 Proton Road in Dallas, Texas.
2011: Responsive Versions of Online Courses
Kalkomey releases responsive versions of all of its online safety education courses, allowing course pages to adapt the layout and presentation to be appropriate for whatever electronic device and screen size the student is using—from mobile phones to desktop computer monitors.
2012: Register Ed Is Introduced
Kalkomey launches Register Ed, a secure system for students to register for safety education events offered by agencies and organizations. Kalkomey converts all of our official state boating handbooks into eBook format and launches our online bookstore. Kalkomey also releases a new Hunter Safety video series.
2013: Award Season
Kalkomey’s Hunter Safety Video Series wins the Pinnacle Award from POMA and finishes 3rd in the 34th Annual Telly Awards. Kalkomey launches its first online snowmobile course in Canada and purchases the CMSC assets in preparation to launch an online Canadian boating course. Kalkomey debuts ilostmycard.com. Certification Manager is launched for Pennsylvania and later Virginia.
2014: Kalkomey Expands Into Canada
Kalkomey proudly introduces its Transport Canada–approved online Canadian boating course. Handgunsafetycourse.com, an online source for handgun safety education, is launched, and the Handgun Safety Course video series wins POMA’s Pinnacle Award for 2014. Kalkomey undergoes an interior renovation.
2015: Inverness Graham Acquisition
Kalkomey is acquired by Inverness Graham, a private investment firm located just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Because of our history of innovation and growth, Kalkomey fits in perfectly with Inverness Graham’s vision.
2016: Outdoor Roadmap Acquisition
Kalkomey acquires Outdoor Roadmap, a Michigan-based online hunter safety training company and brand consultancy for the outdoor industry. At the time, Outdoor Roadmap was the only resource to offer online hunter safety instructor training.
2016: Agency Management Solutions introduced
Kalkomey launches AMS, a full-service, comprehensive solution for agencies and their outdoor recreation needs. Initial applications included Certification Manager, Event Manager, and access to our Online Courses.
2016: AMS Volunteers
Later in the year, fourth application on the AMS platform is introduced. AMS Volunteers gives agencies the ability to recruit volunteers, manage programs, and utilize a suite of tools that integrate with state’s licensing applications.
2016: AMS Subscriptions
Following the initial launch of AMS and the AMS Volunteers application, AMS Subscriptions was also introduced in 2016. The application allows agencies to subscribe and renew magazine subscriptions and memberships for both students and outdoor enthusiasts.
2017: Kalkomey Acquires Fresh Air Educators
Kalkomey merges with its competitor Fresh Air Educators. Like Kalkomey, Fresh Air Educators works with government agencies and school districts across North America to develop online courses for outdoor enthusiasts. Kalkomey now has a Canadian office located in the capital of Ottawa, Ontario.
2017: First Licensing Contract
Kalkomey wins the Nevada Licensing contract, which represents a turning point for the company. With the first full implementation of the AMS system, Kalkomey proves that we are more than an education company and can provide software solutions.
2017: AMS Licensing
Kalkomey’s goal of providing everything an agency needs to fulfil its students’ needs is further realized with the introduction of AMS Licensing. The new application allows agencies to manage recruitment, retention, and reactivation of all their outdoor enthusiasts.
2018: RAID Acquisition
Kalkomey acquires RAID, a dedicated, e-learning, recreational rebreather, and open circuit scuba diving training organization. RAID offers a complete range of online diver academic programs from beginner to instructor examiner levels in snorkeling, scuba, and freediving.
The future of boater safety education is launched in 2018 with the introduction of Kalkomey’s first interactive course, iLearntoboat. The course leverages gamification techniques, which encourage more engagement through fun, entertaining learning styles.
In 2019, Kalkomey will launch its second interactive course. This time, for the hunting industry. iLearntohunt uses the same interactive principles and game theory from iLearntoboat and applies them to realistic hunting scenarios for improved student engagement in the hunter education experience. iLearntohunt will be the hunting industry’s first interactive hunter education course.
2019: New York Licensing Contract
Kalkomey wins its second licensing contract in 2019. This time, for the great state of New York. From management, retention, and reactivation, Kalkomey will provide the state of New York with everything they need to assist their outdoor enthusiasts.
2020: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Licensing Contract
In 2020, Kalkomey won its third licensing contract with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to provide the state with everything they need to assist their outdoor enthusiasts.
2021: Sportsman Tracker Acquisition
Kalkomey acquires Sportsman Tracker, the creator of the HuntWise™ app, a hunting toolset that allows users to pinpoint the best times and locate the best places to hunt on public or private land. With the acquisition, Kalkomey can now expand to a variety of new mediums and incorporate its innovative products into a broader content platform.