Cdr James L. Charney, SN
When I'm asked: "What does the Anna Maria Island Sail & Power Squadron sell (a boating club)?" A good question. My answer, is simple: "We sell safe boating." How? We present basic boating safety classes; Americas Boating Course. We conduct free Vessel Safety Checks. We publicly promote safe boating practices and host safe boating booths at local festivals and markets. We view ourselves as a community service.
Our Squadron is part of a national non-profit enterprise, the United States Powers Squadrons. We’re in District 22 that includes 17 other Squadrons in West Central Florida. We have the where-with-all to provide first-rate services to the community as well as provide excellent benefits to our members. Membership is a privilege and an obligation. To provide safe boating services we ask every member to take on responsibility for some aspect of our operation.
Ask yourself; "Do you know what knot to use to properly secure your boat; how to dock or anchor; which vessel is "stand-on" and which is "give-way." What about your knowledge of the Aids to Navigation? What are the courtesies of the water? Do you have the basic safety equipment on-board? If you were born after January 1 1988 you must complete a basic boating safety course to possess a safe boating card to operate a boat in Florida and surrounding states.
The benefits to our members include boat insurance discounts, liability coverage for participation in Squadron activities, advanced boating classes, social gatherings, boating excursions, on-land excursions, outstanding guest speakers, buying discounts with national companies, and, of course, the camaraderie of other boaters. Some of us interpret camaraderie as "the opportunity to tell tall tales about our boating experiences."
Should you become a member of this community-based service group? Would you like to give back to the community? Would you like to see other boaters practice safe boating? Would you like to spend time on the water with like-minded people? We have our own Squadron building. It provides a "home" and a place to operate from. It is also for rent at a very special rate for members-in-good standing. For the community, we make the cost competitive. Our goal is to support the community and particularly our neighbors. Give us a call to learn what we can do for each other.
I offer this: Join us and listen to the waves, see the sunsets, relish success when students pass a class in boating or your fellow members enjoy something you made happen.
Commander James L. Charney, SN
Anna Maria Island Sail & Power Squadron