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Potomac River Squadron

A Unit of United States Power Squadrons®
Come for the Boating Education... Stay for the Friends

About the Potomac River Power Squadron

The Potomac River Power Squadron, founded in 1915, is one of the oldest of the 450 regional squadrons that make up the world's largest boating organization. Located in Washington, DC, the squadron offers to the public, at nominal cost, Boating Courses. Members enjoy boating and water activities, fascinating speakers at monthly meetings and education courses covering topics from Seamanship and Piloting to Celestial Navigation with electives in other subjects such as Engine Maintenance, Marine Electronics, Weather, and Sail. As a civic service, we offer Vessel Safety Examinations at no cost to the public.

Boating Safety Tips and Videos

Knot Sure...

It's a scary fact, but there are Captains who don't know how to tie some of the most essential knots for boating. If they cannot quickly tie the most suitable knot for their boating or docking situation, they risk failing to attach to a piling, another boat, a cleat, lifesaver, or any other object relative to boating. Even if a captain does know how to tie a knot, their knowledge is often limited to just one knot. But there are several ways to tie a knot and there are certain knots that should be used for the best results for your situation. To the left, the video shows you six classic knots every captain should know and gives you the information on when you should use them.

Markers on the Water

Water Markers As the US Coast Guard puts it, Navigation can provide a boater with information similar to that which drivers get from street signs, stop signals, road barriers, detours, and traffic lights. Take some time to review the image to the left, and keep a similar reference onboard your boat as a quick reference. Your understanding of the markers you see on the water will help ensure that you, your family, and your friends have fun and safe boating trips.


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P/C Howard Gasaway, Sr, P
Executive Officer:
Bonnie Gaskins, S
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Squadron Education Officer:
P/C James Gorman, Jr., AP
Administrative Officer:
1st/Lt Edwin Gasaway, S
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Lt/C Janett Gasaway, S
P/C Anthony Brown, P
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Assistant Secretary:
1st/Lt Nancy Gorman, S
Assistant Treasurer:
1st/Lt Lorraine Roberson, S
Assistant Administrative
1st/Lt Janice Marshall, S


2016 Calendar Events
Event Title LocationDetails
All Hands Meeting Capital Yacht Club
660 Water Street, SW
Washington DC 20024
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 @ 7:00PM

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Last Updated: June 7, 2016