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
1830-2030
2120 91st Ave W.
University Place WA   98466
UNITED STATES

 

 



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

NWboatinfo.com - 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
    Community

    --NEW UPDATES--

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)

The Nominating Committee is asking for you to consider giving some of your time helping the squadron in the upcoming year. Please contact P/C Stan Wolfe and he will discuss with you all the different ways you can help the squadron. Many of these don’t take much time but all are important to help the squadron move into the future. The future of the squadron rests in the hands and hearts of all our members.



---UPCOMMING CLASSES---

A Radar for Boaters class will be starting Febuary 22. If you have a radar on your boat and want to learn how to use it effectively this course is highly recommeded by the webmaster.

Our new Boat Handling course will start on Monday March 04 2024 at 7:00 PM. It is recommended for newer recreational boaters who have completed a basic boating class (like America's Boating Course) and want to gain more knowledge, skill, and confidence to boat safely and have more fun in a variety of situations.

---See below for details---

A Radar For Boaters is a 6-week course starting February 22, 2024, at Tacoma Yacht Club 5401 Yacht Club Road, Tacoma, WA, 7- 9pm. Price for members of America’s Boating Club is $85 and non-members $130.

RADAR is an essential tool for navigation and collision avoidance. The course covers the different types of radar equipment, their capabilities and limitations, as well as their features and how they apply to boaters’ needs.

Students attending this course should have completed Marine Navigation and have boating experience. However, If you have a radar on your boat and want to learn more on how to use it effectively this course is highly recommeded by the webmaster. Radar for Boaters is a required course for BOC-Offshore Navigation certification.

RADAR is an essential tool for navigation and collision avoidance. The course covers the different types of radar equipment, their capabilities, and limitations, as well as their features and how they apply to boaters’ needs. This course was developed by Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons and is up to date for Radar technologies available now and into the near future.

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



A Boat-Handling-Course is a six week class held on Mondays at Day Island Yacht Club 7-9 pm. First class is March 04 2024 at 7:00 PM. The exam for this class is April 15.

Learn how to handle your boat in a variety of situations and become the skipper you want to be. Gain confidence in docking, underway, anchoring, and other seamanship skills.

Our new Boat Handling course is intended for newer recreational boaters who have completed a basic boating class (like America's Boating Course) and want to gain more knowledge, skill, and confidence to boat safely and have more fun in a variety of situations.

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

For more information on any of these classes click on the link above or contact Bentley Rickmers, benric7@gmail.com


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.




---SCHEDULED RENDEZVOUS---

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: craig-sandybrown@msn.com, 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 jrgeezers@comcast.net