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.
** NEWS YOU CAN USE **
Our Fall 026° True is now online. This is an important issue as it contains our Nominating Committee's recommendations for next year's Bridge. You'll want to know because these officers will be voted on at our Fall Conference.
** 2018 D26 EVENTS **
• Spring Conference hosted by Lake Murray 16-18 March 2018
• Cruise & Rendezvous hosted by Golden Corner Lakes 18-20 May 2018
• Fall Conference & COW hosted by Thurmond Lake 12-14 October 2018
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.
Does Your Squadron Need a Website? If the answer is "yes" because there is concern about not having a trained webmaster, ITCom has a solution. A "standard website" model 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. Take a look at Golden Corner Lake's website to better understand what a standard website looks like. Those wanting to check out the nitty gritty can peruse the latest User's Manual (23 April 2017).
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 2017 Hurricane Season is Almost Over But
Late Surprises Can still Happen - Are You Prepared?
Harvey, Irma, and Maria demonstrated how ferocious nature can be. Devastation was enormous and extensive. Not much anybody can do about the force of nature BUT you can be prepared and pay attention to information available on the internet though the National Hurricane Center, BoatUS, and USPS. BoatUS focuses on the boater and has a lot of valuable information.
Being prepared. Do you have anough water to last 3+ days? Going to the store the day before the hurricane is due is not smart. How about filling up your car's gas tank? Again, wait til the last minute you may be disappointed. Money? Having a cash on hand is a bonus when power goes out and/or comm links don't work meaning credit/debit cards are useless. Pay attention to advice/orders to evacuate. There are always those who refuse. It's not fun but it isn't wise to "stick it out" when the best advise is to evacuate. Going to evacuate? Have you thought about what to take? Need to plan ahead.
Best thing? Check out these websites for your hurricane info:
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.|