Monthly General Meetings/Dinners have returned.

Potluck or Dinner + general meeting 1830 - 2030

4th Tuesday of each month

Visitors always welcome

Meeting held at

Day Island Yacht Club
2120 91st Ave W.
University Place WA   98466



A member of District 16 & The United States Power Squadron

View the new United States Power Squadrons public website. America's Boating Club®

See the following links for information on Cooperative Charting and Geodetic Program.

Cooperative Charting is a major public service of USPS to provide updated information to the Marine Chart Division of NOS/NOAA. (requires log in to national)

The National Geodetic Survey Data Explorer is a program to locate individual geodetic marks and report their condition together with any change in the directions needed to locate them.

The following links are some of the Webmasters Favorites - Provides Recreational Boating Information for the Northwest.

The Boat US Foundation - Promotes Boating Safety and Clean Water. The Foundation provides educational outreach directly to boaters and supports partner organizations nationwide..

The Boat Live 365 - is a movement to empower recreational boating advocates to create a safe boating culture 365 days a year.

Welcome to America's Boating Club®

Tacoma and South Puget Sound where our goal is to:

* LEARN Boating Skills

* ENGAGE with Boating Friends

* CONNECT with the Boating


Our social/business meetings are held at Day Island Yacht Club on (4th Tuesday of each month) starting at 1830 until 2030. Social hour starts at 6PM. If interested in the club and not a member, you are always welcome to attend.
Our Monthly meetings are currently potluck so bring your own plate, utensils, and drinks (coffee and water provided)

Our Tuesday April 23 general meeting has been changed to Friday April 26 for our 85th Annual Change of Watch Dinner at Tacoma Yacht Club. Complete your reservations not later than by April 13th 2024 by filling out the (form click here) and returning it with payment (Make check payable to Tacoma Power Squadron)

Thank You Nominating Committee and all the members that stepped up to fulfill the duties of the bridge and all the committees. The future of the squadron rests in the hands and hearts of all these members. A SPECIAL THANKS to members who have stepped up over and over throughout the years to keep our squadron strong and vibrant.


We will be having America’s Boating Course starting April 1 for 4 Mondays plus the 5th Monday for the exam at Des Moines Field House, 7-9pm. Cost of this course is $50
Sucessfull completion of this course qualifies for the Washington State Boater Education Card .

---See below for class details---

America's Boating Course This class starts Mon April 1 at 7:00 PM, at , 7-9pm. It is five Mondays, four 2-hour classes plus the evening of the exam. Cost is $50.

Classes will be held at Des Moines Field House 1000 S 220th St, Des Moines, Washington 98198

Taking our basic boating class reduces your risk of accidents and injuries, saves you money on boat insurance, and qualifies you for Washington State Boater’s Card. America’s Boating Course is the most comprehensive, single source, in-person boating course available to give you the skills you need to enjoy your time on the water and boat with confidence.

What you’ll learn:
• Information about your State Boating Laws, regulations, boat registration, and licensing.
• Required boating safety equipment
• Do’s and Don’ts of boating safely
• Practical Knowledge of navigation and rules of the road
• How to handle medical emergencies onboard and mechanical problems on the water

Go to this link to register Click To Register. Then find the Course (Boating Course) and Location then click on "Click to Register"

If you have questions, please contact Scott MacLeod at 253.888.3977 or email at

There are also squadrons in the area that also periodically conduct boating education classes via Zoom.

Click the following link Course List to see the currently available scheduled classes. Look for the Location: that are identified as Virtual or Zoom.


Thanks for all the 2023 Rendezvous Hosts and attendees.

2024 rendezvous have not be schedued. If you have any ideas for rendezvous locations or activities please contact one of our board members. If you would like to host a rendezvous let a member of the bridge know and they will assist you.

Members and Guests check out our Award Winning Wake Astern for the most current squadron info.

-- VSC-- Schedule your safety inspection. Call/email your favorite inspector. You can also schedule a VSC online by selecting the following link Vessel Safety Check!

P/D/C Craig Brown, SN-CN is our current VSC Chairperson. He can be contacted by Email:, or Phone: 253-350-4884.

Thanks to Susan Walker for being our past VSC chairwoman.

If this is your first VSC, reviewing the following prior to the inspection will help insure success, VSC Worksheet

The following are some of the major reasons for Failing a Vessel Safety Check.
Visual Distress Signals - 12% .. Check they are available and not outdated.
Sound Producing Devices / Bell - 5% .. Every boat is required to have a Whistle, and or Horn.
Navigation Lights - 8% .. Ensure you bulbs are operating.

---Attention all Vessel Safety Check Inspectors---

The 2024 “VSC Workshop” is required to be completed by June 30, 2024 to retain your VSC certification.
Go to the following link 2024 VSC Workshop

Carefully read slide 2. USPS members are required to complete the “workshop” (slides 1-16) plus “Appendix A” (slides 18-22).]

FYI - “Appendix B” (slides 23-30) is for USCG Auxiliary.

In addition to what is on the face of each slide, read the “notes” for each page.

Currently (subject to change) the USPS workshop certificate of completing is to print the first & last pages of the workshop, sign/date, and keep in your records.

If you have any questions please reach out to Craig Brown VSC Chair

There is also a VSC Workshop presentation that has a very good explanation on previous changes and clarification of requirements 2023 VSC Workshop.

We are your club!

If you have any ideas for activities during our general meetings, other squadron events or education classes, please contact someone on our bridge.

If you are interested, or if you know of someone who might be interested in joining TPS, contact Jackie Mattox, (253)732-2264 or at