Sail and Power Squadron®
Officers of the Bridge 2017
The LNSPS is managed by a "Bridge" of officers elected by, and responsible to, the membership. They are assisted in their duties by an Executive Committee elected from our membership, and by Committee Chairpersons and members who carry out the programs, functions and activities of the Squadron.
New Bridge Officers
were installed at the Change of Watch, 21 January 2017.
Happy Boating and Success to all !
with great pleasure that I serve as your Commander. I'm very excited
about our Calendar of Events with over a dozen boating activities and a
very aggressive Educational Programs that Russ Klein has put together.
As Commander I have blessed with a very exciting and experienced team of
officers serving on our bridge. I want to thank all members for putting
their trust in me to serve as their Commander for a very exciting 2016.
We invite you to tour our website and see our schedule of Boater Safety Classes, Free Vessel Safety Checks as well as our “Calendar of Events”. The Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron, in the Lake Norman, NC area, is a unit of United States Power Squadrons, "America's Boating Club. We like to have fun on the water and to promote education on how to do so safely and with skill. In addition to our basic "America's Boating Course", we offer extensive additional boating courses and participate in many public services with a calendar full of social events.
If you have any questions at all regarding, Boating, Lake Norman or furthering your education and boating skills, please contact any of our Bridge Members or Executive Committee who will be glad to answer any and all of your questions.
The USPS motto is; "Come for the Boating Education…Stay for the Friends" sm We hope you will.
All Members: Click this link for information and explanations about
ATTENTION RECREATIONAL BOATERS
ENFORCEMENT POLICY FOR NEW
1. The Coast Guard published new interim regulations
in the Federal Register ( 67FR42488
) on 24
June 2002 and they will become
effective on 23 December 2002. The
regulations establish a Federal
Requirement for children under 13 to wear Coast
Guard approved Life Jackets (Personal
Flotation Devices or PFDs) while the vessel is under way, unless the children are below decks or in an enclosed cabin. The
regulations apply on waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United
States, on the waters of States with no requirements for
children to wear life jackets, and on the high seas beyond Territorial Seas for recreational vessels owned in the United
Our Safety Slogan continues to be:
"Boat Smart from the Start - Wear your Life Jacket!"
Nationwide, 89% of drowning victims were not wearing life jackets ("Personal Floatation Devices" or PFDs). In 1998, North Carolina had 34 boating fatalities with 22 resulting from drowning. We need to educate the public about the value of wearing life jackets.
When should you wear your life jacket (PFD)? The answer should be "Always when you are in a boat!" We realize, however, that will not happen. We should at least wear them in very cold weather, when we are alone in a boat, and most certainly, as required by law, enforce the rule that children wear them at all times. Common sense should ensure any skipper to require a non-swimmer aboard his/her boat to wear a life jacket. If a storm comes up, then everyone in the boat should put on a life jacket, without exception, before you really do need it! You may not have time to put a life jacket on after the storm strikes. A savvy and "Boat Smart" skipper should always brief each passenger of his vessel about the location of the life jackets and how to put them on before casting off.
At least one, readily
Life Jacket (not in a plastic wrap !!!)
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