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Frequently Asked Questions about LNSPS               
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When and where are the LNSPS monthly meetings? How do I join the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron?
What courses are offered and where are they taught? What happens when I join the Squadron?
  May a non-member take other courses, such as Sail, that are taught by LNSPS?
What is the Social Agenda? What are the Dues and expenses
What kind of Civic Activities? How can I use my talents and be of help to the Squadron?
What are the Publications What is the "Legend of the Burgee"?

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When and where are the LNSPS monthly meetings? (Click Here for a map to show location)

Regular monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday at THE ACROPOLIS CAFE & GRILL - 20659 CATAWBA AVENUE, CORNELIUS, NC. The usual agenda: 1830 (6:30 PM) cocktails and fellowship: 1900 (7:00 PM) dinner (Dutch treat): 1930 (7:30 PM) program, usually relating to a nautical subject followed by a short business meeting.

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How do we decide what courses will be offered and where are they taught?

Our public boating course, America's Boating Course (ABC), is usually given several times a year. Times and places will be announced in this website and in the general media. Membership is not a requirement.

The basic courses of Seamanship and Piloting are frequently taught twice a year to accommodate our new members. Advanced Piloting, Junior Navigation and Navigation are scheduled as members become eligible and interest prevails. Some of these courses need to be taken sequentially because more advanced courses are based on material taught in another course.

Other courses such as Marine Electronics, Cruise Planning, Weather, Sail, Instructor Qualification, & Engine Maintenance are taught annually or may be self studied.

The location of the class depends on the number of students, their location and the location of the instructor.
"America's Boating Course (ABC)", is a Registered Trademark of United States Power Squadrons, Inc.

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May a non-member take other courses, such as Sail, that are taught by LNSPS?

Sailing, Seamanship, Piloting
and many other courses listed on our Education Page are considered "advanced" or "elective" courses. The Public Boating Course,
America's Boating Course (ABC), that teaches boating safety, general boating skills and valuable boating information is open to the general public. This, or a similar course of instruction, is a pre-requisite for squadron membership and is strongly recommended to anyone who participates in any boating, sail or power. Please see the announcement link on the "Home Page" of our website for more information.
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What is our Social Agenda?

The Change of Watch (abbreviated as "COW") dinner-dance held annually in January is our big social event of the year. But the fun does not end there! We have cruises to various parts of Lake Norman during the boating season. Saturday (or sometimes Sunday) raft-ups in a rendezvous cove are one of our most popular activities. In addition we have theme parties, a big Christmas party, predicted log contests & a big Spring or Fall attic sale. Yearly excursions to the coast for charting and social activities round out our year.

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What are our Civic Activities?

We are active in teaching Boating education and safety courses, holding safety campaigns,  working with Co-Op charting, and Geodetic Surveys. We informally monitor and report problems to keep the lake markers in good condition. We sponsor a "Kids' Day for disadvantaged children. We sponsor and carry out numerous "Vessel Safety Checks" to aid skippers and owners in keeping their boats safe.

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What are our Publications?

THE INLAND SEAFARER® is our monthly LNSPS publication. It contains a Bridge message, announcements of upcoming social and educational events and articles of general interest. We are proud that THE INLAND SEAFARER has been awarded a rating of "excellent" by USPS for the past several years for its content and organization.
       
To read the latest issue of The Inland Seafarer on-line, go to our Home page and click the link for the Inland Seafarer.

THE LAKE NORMAN SAIL AND POWER SQUADRON WEBSITE  This is our official website that you are presently browsing through. Please take time to explore a number of pages and sections of this site and you will find a wealth of excellent information regarding our local Squadron and The United States Power Squadron, our mission, our education courses and the many things that we do. We are proud to have been awarded the annual Website Excellence Award for each year that we have been on the Internet.

D/27 BITTS® is the quarterly publication of the North Carolina and Upper South Carolina District 27.

THE ENSIGN® is the national publication of the USPS.

("The Inland Seafarer", "The Ensign" and "D/27 Bitts" are registered trademarks respectively of the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron, United States Power Squadrons, Inc. and District 27 of the USPS.)

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How do I join the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron?

If you are at least 18 years of age with a passion for boating, and a desire to learn how to do it safely, you can become a member of the United States Power Squadrons. You do not have to own a boat, just share in our love of boating and in the advancement of the three objectives of our organization. Family Membership is available for members of the family of an Active Member. There are no age considerations for family members. Although USPS currently has no education requirement for membership, the LNSPS requires the passing of any NASBLA “approved” boating course as a requirement for membership. In addition to the America's Boating Course given to the public several times a year by our squadron, other NASBLA approved courses include: USCG Captain's License, a degree from the US Naval Academy, USCG Academy or US Merchant Marine Academy or any boating course carrying NASBLA certification.

Please click this link to learn more:   Join the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron

 For further information on becoming a member, please call:

For membership information contact   P/C Richard VanDyke AP or CDR Lou Schwartz AP
     P/C Richard VanDyke AP (edocsupport@aol.com)
    or: CDR Lou Schwartz AP (lschwartz919@msn.com)

 

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What happens when I join the Squadron?

At a regular monthly membership meeting you will be introduced, asked to pledge your support to Safe Boating Through Education, provided with a membership packet outlining the courses offered, the social activities planned, a membership roster  and a name tag. You will become eligible for discounts with most boat insurance companies.

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What are the dues and other expenses of membership?

The total annual dues are approximately $70 per year. Cost for the courses varies according to the nature of the class. The annual COW dinner dance usually is about $75 per couple. Occasionally there is a $5-$10 charge for food and drink at beach parties, chili cookouts and other catered events.

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How can I help or use my talents and skills in the Squadron?

The United States Power Squadron is a volunteer organization, the more that people help, the easier it is for everyone. Abundant opportunities exist to utilize your particular talents from organization to teaching. The phone committee, proctoring the Safe Boating Classes, working with other members on the various other committees are great ways to get to know the membership. Members are encouraged to study one or more courses a year, but this is not a prerequisite for anyone. Family members who are not dues paying members are welcome at all meetings and social gatherings but are not eligible to take courses.

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