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Links and ALERTS




Links and ALERTS



New courses announced, please see the note below.


                         Education Opportunities for Americas Boating Club of Southport 

                                                                                 May 2020

Unfortunately, our squadron education program is on hold. We started the year with an ABC course and a Boat Handling course. We had seminars scheduled for April that had to be scrapped. Currently, we have no idea when we can plan to pick up the pieces. This is not the report I wanted to present. But … all is not lost!

There are several on-line sources of boating education including two great ones provided by Americas Boating Club – on-line courses located on the USPS national website and Americas Boating Channel, sponsored by the Coast Guard and produced by Americas Boating Club.

Some of the offerings available on our national website include the basic boating course (ABC course), How to use GPS, Weather for Boaters, and Marine Radio. Completing any of these offerings should show up in a members educational record. 

Be sure to check out Americas Boating Channel ( This is a website sponsored by the Coast Guard and produced by our national organization. There are a lot of useful and entertaining segments on this site. While providing useful information, this site may provide one alternative to binge watching old TV series. Thanks to Dave Bolea for reminding me that this site exists.

The weather is getting warmer and many of us may be able to get out on our boats in the coming days. While we may not be able to raft up, we can wave and say hello over the radio.

Max Sykes

Southport Sail and Power Squadron

Squadron Education Officer