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America's Boating Course - 3rd Edition is all new with a completely updated manual,
outstanding graphics, and two bonus computer disks. The course manual is divided into five chapters.
The first four cover the required topics that all recreational boaters must know. In addition to the
rules of the road, the four chapters cover the various types of boats, required safety equipment,
navigation aids, lights and sounds, anchoring, communications afloat, adverse conditions, water
sports safety, trailering, personal water craft safety, and knots and lines.
Who We Are
The Tampa Power Squadron is a member of District 22 in the United States Power Squadrons.
The United States Power Squadrons (USPS), organized in 1914, is the largest private boating
organization in the world.The symbol of the USPS is a triangle whose three sides represent
the three main aspects of USPS:
Each Squadron performs civic service by providing educational opportunities for the public
through teaching the Public Boating Course and America's Boating Course. Many
other courses are available for the public as well. Another important civic service performed by
Squadrons is the Cooperative Charting Program. Through this program, squadron members verify
locations of geodetic markers and report additions or corrections to navigational charts.
Each Squadron also provides its members with the opportunity to further educate themselves
through several courses. These courses, commonly referred to as Advanced Grades and Elective
Courses, are now available to the public. These courses are offered to members for the cost
of materials and exam only. Each session tends to be as much a social gathering as it is a
learning experience. It is sometimes amazing how much can be learned from another person's
experiences just through class discussions. Many life long friendships are developed with fellow
students from these courses.
Fraternal Boating Club
The last, but certainly not least, objective is to offer its members a variety of on and off
the water social activities to enjoy interaction with fellow members who share their enthusiasm for
safe and fun pleasure boating. On the water activities include cruises, rendezvous, predicted log
races, sail races, navigation contests, and even fishing derbies. Activities ashore include dinner
meetings with marine programs, parties, dinner dances, picnics, and field trips.