Savannah's Boating Club
Dedicated to Boater Education and Safe Recreational Boating since 1957
About Tybee Light Sail & Power Squadron
Thank you for your interest in learning more about our Squadron.
Tybee Light Sail & Power Squadron (Savannah’s Boating Club) was established as Tybee Light Power Squadron in 1957 to serve Savannah and a five-county area (Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty). Our Squadron is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and one of 13 Squadrons in USPS District 26 (serving South Carolina and parts of Georgia). We are a fraternal boating club, committed to boater education, civic service, and fun.
In keeping with USPS practice to name new squadrons after a local nautical landmark or geographic feature, our Squadron was named after the Tybee Island Light Station, also known as the Tybee Lighthouse. The Tybee Lighthouse is the third oldest operating lighthouse in America and has a fascinating history. Recently renovated and open to the public year-round, it currently serves as the back light in the Tybee Roads range at the mouth of the Savannah River.
Our members are men, women, and youth (ages 11-17) who enjoy recreational boating and are dedicated to boating safely and to promoting safe boating practices. We enjoy participating in many types of boating, from sail and power boating to canoeing, kayaking and other personal watercraft. In recognition of the breath of our members’ boating interests, we expanded our Squadron’s name to Tybee Light Sail & Power Squadron in 2010.
Boater Education. Boater education is our primary purpose, and we offer USPS’s full curriculum of courses, seminars, and on-the-water training, starting with our flagship introductory offering, America’s Boating Course. For a description of these courses, click on Education or see our brochure, “Get the Best Boating Education in Savannah.” Our goal is to help participants in all our courses to attain the theoretical and practical knowledge and applied practice they need to be confident recreational boaters – whether they intend to boat inland or offshore, close to home or far away. Boating is fun… We’ll show you how! For our current schedule of classes, click on Education Schedule.
Young Horizon scholarships are available for motivated youth (ages 11-17) to defray part of the price of these courses. To apply for a scholarship, the youth should prepare an essay that responds to the following questions: How did you get interested in boating and what do you enjoy about it? Why are you taking this course? What do you hope to learn and how do you plan to use it? The essay should be turned in as part of the student's course registration. Our Squadron expects to approve all applications that show that the applicant is motivated to benefit from the course.
Membership. We invite America’s Boating Course graduates to join our Squadron. Experienced boaters can also join directly through USPS’s Experienced Boater Program.
As a member, you’ll be able to:
· Meet new people who share your interest in recreational boating and enjoy friendship and camaraderie with other members
· Pursue advanced education to learn more and enhance your on-the-water skills
· Teach classes or volunteer in other ways to help advance Squadron and USPS goals
· Take advantage of other member benefits and discounts and…
· HAVE FUN!
Membership Meetings. From January to October, we meet the last Thursday of the month for fellowship, dinner, a brief business meeting and programs of interest to members. During 2012, our meetings are being held at The Landings (Plantation Club and Sunset Pavilion at Delegal Creek Marina on Skidaway Island), Carey Hilliard’s on Abercorn, Barnes Restaurant on Waters, and Tubby’s Restaurant in Thunderbolt. Our last meeting of the year, in mid-December, is a semiformal event. This year, it will be held at The Landings’ Plantation Club. Members’ guests and prospective members are welcome to join our regular meetings. Come meet our members and learn more about our group!
Boating Activities. We offer organized boating activities for members and guests. Whether or not you have a boat, plan to join the fun. There is always room for you to participate on someone else’s boat or, if you prefer, you may join us by car. Squadron boating activities are covered by USPS insurance. For a list of this year’s boating activities, click on Boating.
Civic Activities. Our Squadron contributes to USPS’s cooperative charting program, performs Vessel Safety Checks, conducts programs as part of National Safe Boating Week, participates in Savannah’s International Boat Show each year, and is a sponsoring organization for the Spartina Explorer 99 Sea Scout Troop in Savannah.
Whatever your boating interest, Tybee Light Sail & Power Squadron has something for you!