District 26 is one of 31 districts within the United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) and serves as an intermediate level between the national organizaton and nearly 350 squadrons. The district organization is the nucleaus for group action by squadrons within its boundaries. Our 14 squadrons cover South Carolina (11 squadrons) and coastal Georgia (3 squadrons) where one of our squadrons, Savannah River Sail & Power Squadron, can claim both Georgia and South Carolina as the squadron encompasses both Augusta GA and Aiken SC that are across the Savannah River from one another. Our squadrons also include a brand new provisional squadron - Dreher Shoals located on the south side of Lake Murray. Location to be illustrated on our map in the near future. Click here to learn more about USPS and here to learn about the many benefits of membership. Click on the USPS logo to learn of its 100+ year history.
If you're really serious about having a fun time, join us. Take member courses, join your fellow members on a cruise and rendezvous, and participate in civic service activities. If you would like to have some real fun boating, learn how to become one of the 40,000 members of USPS and help spread the word. The Ensign is our national magazine.
Visit our Event Photo page to check out the latest and greatest. You can now view photos from our 2017 Spring Conference hosted by Lake Hartwell Sail & Power Squadron. Photos courtesy of North Strand's Bonnie Kanoy.
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Our Spring 026° True is now online. Be sure to check it out. There is a lot of info and pix about just what has been going on throughout the district and the fun we have.
• The D26 2017 Cruise & Rendezvous, hosted by Charleston is scheduled 19-21 May 2017. Click here to learn more about the conference. You'll find the link under "Upcoming Events" on their website and be sure to put these dates on your calendar for a really fun time. Take note of the "drop dead" date for hotel reservations and the fact that there are only 20 rooms reserved at this time. As an aside, room prices noted in today's website reflect "Off-Season" prices. To make reeservations, call the number listed on the form. Better yet, why not use the C&R Registration Form for your place?
• The D26 2017 Fall Conference and Change of Watch, hosted by District 26, is scheduled 6-8 October 2017 in Myrtle Beach. Click here for info and be sure to maark the dates on your calendar. Take note that the Chief Commander's rep for our District Conference and Change of Watch will be our Chief Commander himself - C/C Louis Ojeda. Wow! Don't want to miss this fabulous event.
Find a District 26 squadron nearest you for ways to increase your boating knowledge while having fun on the water and contributing to your community through America's Boating Clubs. Once you locate a squadron near you, return to this page and click on SQUADRONS to learn more about the squadron you have selected. Be sure to review the many benefits of membership. Learn more about our Member Benefits.
From USPS: Does Your Squadron Need a Website? If your answer is "yes" because you're concerned about not having a trained webmaster, ITCom has a solution for you. They have devloped a "standard website" model that can be adopted by any squadron. You can easily add events and courses are automatically copied from HQ800. You can also add your newsletters. Click here to learn more and view the ITCom model website presentation. It's a large PPT file and may take time to download. Those wanting to check out the nitty gritty can peruse the User's Manual. Tybee Light has implemented the model website. Go to Squadrons and select Tybee Light's website link.
Boat Operator Certification: With the BOC Program, USPS is able to certify USPS members at various levels of recreational boating proficiency. USPS expects these certifications will be recognized across the boating community, both domestically and internationally. In the United States, the United States Coast Guard has asked Congress to authorize the Transportation Secretary to establish requirements for standards of proficiency for recreational boaters. USPS intends to have its certification accepted as proof and be accepted as the national certificate for the USA. Click here to learn more about BOC.
Cooperative Charting or CoOp Charting is a major USPS public service program that works in close coordination with NOAA's Marine Chart Division. Take part and you'll find that it is an activity that can be both educational and fun. Go here to learn more.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Click here to learn more about LD and upcoming classes. We all come from different backgrounds. Some have worked in positions of leadership while others have not. Something to keep in mind: just because you have been in a position of leadership does not imply you're ready to jump into a USPS leadership position and if you have never had that experience doesn't mean you can't do that and be a successful leader. So many of our squadrons struggle to fill leadership positions. Why not create a "pipeline" of candidates for all your needs?
Here is the long awaited USCG Vessel Safety Check Manual for those wanting to become a Vessel Examiner as part of the VSC program. Actually, it's probably not a bad idea if all of our VEs also take a look.
For the boater in need, here are some links to valuable sources of information: NOAA's National Ocean Service, Coastal Weather & Tides, USCG Navigation Center, Hurricane Preparation, BoatUS Hurricane Tracking & Resource Center, and USPS Storm Central.
The United States Power Squadrons announces the launch of its new Digital Media Library (DML) online as a free mobile app. Thanks to a U.S. Coast Guard grant, the USPS DML has been developed to serve as a showcase and repository for digital media focused on boating safety and safe boating education, including a series of original videos showing how to prepare popular recreational motorboats for departure, operate underway, dock, and secure them at their destinations. Slideshows and images offer additional safe-boating educational material and boating-safety messages and tips. Be sure to visit the new USPS DML.
DB2000 Update Version 9.7.3 is now available for download. Caution: the text suggests the version is 9.7.2. Click here for the DB2000 download link for the latest release. I downloaded the file that was, in fact, 9.7.3.
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|Click on our D/26 anniversary flag to learn about its heraldry or click here for an excellent PPT presentation about District 26's 50-year history prepared by P/D/C Ed Leibfarth. It may take a while to download dependent on your connection speed.|