Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Cold Water Boating Safety

Cold Water Boating Safety

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

   At this time of year, temperatures plummet while water safety precautions rise. Though you practice safe boating in the summer, the other three seasons have two additional perils. The first is the inhospitable (life-threatening) coldness of the water and the other is the lack of other boaters to lend a hand or call for […]

Row or Paddle?

Row or Paddle?

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. If I say, “Quick! Name a rowing song” you’ll probably say “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” immediately. But can you name a song about paddling? I couldn’t think of one. Rowing is what we sing about, but paddling is probably what many of us do. That’s because the two words describe different actions in […]

Kids Can Be Junior Captains!

Kids Can Be Junior Captains!

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When the family goes boating, everyone has responsibilities. Kids can pitch in when they are old enough and make a fun day even more enjoyable. Give your child or children this list and let them help at home and aboard the boat: Only bring what’s necessary. Boats can’t be overloaded. Are you helping us stay […]

Classes, Classes Everywhere

Classes, Classes Everywhere

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The United States Power Squadrons® (USPS®) and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary are increasing and broadening their coordinated safety efforts to assist boaters in learning as much as they can about their boats, good seamanship, and the environment in which they run. Acquiring knowledge takes a time commitment, and in our busy society, some […]

Junior Captains Make Boating Better

Junior Captains Make Boating Better

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the best parts of being a kid is having fun while adults are working. However, when the family goes boating, everyone has responsibilities. The tasks aren’t hard, we promise, and they won’t stop you from having an enjoyable day. Since safer boaters are happier boaters, you’ll be very glad when you follow our […]

A Craving For Teaching

A Craving For Teaching

February 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When I was in school, I was terrified to stand up in front of the class and speak. In fact, if I knew beforehand that I would have to read a report (or anything similar), I would seriously consider “being ill” the next day!

Vessel Safety Checks: Risk-Free, No Charge Inspections

Vessel Safety Checks: Risk-Free, No Charge Inspections

May 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Boaters need to contemplate the consequences of taking to the water with a vessel that does not comply with all federal and state regulations (this applies to all vessels, including kayaks and PWCs). These include the worst-case scenario of jeopardizing the lives of family and friends, and the lesser (but costly) receipt of law enforcement citations for violations such as absence of proper life jackets, improper ventilation, non-working fire extinguishers, or lack of distress signals.