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akron power squadron
Akron Power Squadron

Boating is Fun …

…We’ll show you how !

united states power squadrons
United States Power Squadrons
  • A boating organization made up of fellow boating enthusiasts interested in furthering their boating education, participating in social events with fellow boaters and participating in civic activities connected with safe boating.
  • USPS was formed in 1914 by John Upton, a power boater in the Boston Yacht Club.
  • APS was chartered in 1939 and met in the old Burkhardt’s Brewery in downtown Akron.
aps social events
APS Social Events
  • 7-Apr Dinner Meeting - Lake Erie
  • 16-Apr Mather Spring Cleaning
  • 5-May - Preview Summer Rendezvous
  • 19-May Steak Fry
  • 2-Jun ODNR and/or I68
  • 3-Jun Cruisin' & Dinner Portage Lakes 1
  • 8-Jun Cedar Point Vessel Safety Check Day
  • Aug 27 Corn Roast
  • 1-Sep Dinner Meeting
aps summer rendezvous
APS Summer Rendezvous
  • June 10-12 Put-In-Bay
  • July 15-17 Vermilion
  • July 29-31 Kellys Island
  • Aug 5-7 Leamington
  • Aug 19-21 Trailer Boat - Presque Isle
  • Aug 26-28 Battery Park
2011 calendar
2011 Calendar

11-Jan Sail Class, Copley High School (14 weeks)

15-Jan Boat Show Dinner

19-Jan Piloting Class, Cuyahoga Falls HS (10 weeks)

3-Feb General Meeting - Founders' Day

7-Feb Seminar - Sail Trim , American Legion, Cuyahoga Falls

3-Mar General Meeting - Great Loop

7-Mar Vessel Safety Examiner Meeting

7-Mar Celestial Navigation Class - 1 yr

21-Mar Seminar - Advanced Power Boat Handling , Cuyahoga Falls

April 1-3 D-7 Spring Conference, Sawmill Resort, Huron OH

7-Apr April Dinner Meeting - Spaghetti Warehouse, Lake Erie and First Inhabitants

19-Apr Seminar - Boating on Rivers, Locks and Lakes, American Legion, Cuyahoga Falls

16-Apr WJ Mather Spring Cleaning - Cleveland

5-May General Meeting - Preview Summer Rendezvous

10-May Seminar - Coastal Navigation, American Legion, Cuyahoga Falls

19-May Executive Meeting and Steak Fry, Lion's Park, C Falls

May 20-26 Safe Boating Week

2-Jun General Meeting - ODNR and/or I68

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2011 Calendar

3-Jun Cruisin' & Dinner Portage Lakes

June 10-12 Put-In-Bay Rendezvous

18-Jun Cedar Point Vessel Safety Check Day

July 15-17 Vermilion Rendezvous

July 29-31 D-7 Rendezvous Kellys Island

4-Aug General Meeting

Aug 5-7 Leamington Rendezvous

Aug 19-21 Trailer Boat Rendezvous Presque Isle State Park

Aug 26-28 Corn Roast/Coop Charting and Rendezvous Battery Park

1-Sep Dinner Meeting

Sept 12-17 Governing Board Meeting, Greensboro, N.C.

Fall 2011 Advanced Piloting Class

Fall 2011 Seamanship Class

Fall 2011 Marine Electronics Class

Fall 2011 Cruise Planning Class

6-Oct General Meeting & Education Recognition Pizza Night

November D-7 Fall Conference, Canton

3-Nov General Meeting & Charity Donation Project

1-Dec General Meeting & Cookie Exchange

civic activities
Civic Activities
  • Public Boating Course
  • Vessel Safety Check
  • Cooperative Charting – Adopt 14844
  • Portage Lakes State Park Cleanup
  • SS Wm. Mather Spring Fitting-Out
  • Becky Thatcher Sternwheeler Renovation
  • Ch. 45/49 Telethon
  • Adopt-A-Family
  • Support Battered Women’s Shelter
  • …and more!

14844 Inset – Water Tower not on Chart

166 ° M

Visual – Sighting on Water Tower. Appears to right of Microwave tower when viewed from water.

Water Tower not marked on 14844 Chart or inset

From Vessel position

L 41° 39.286’ N

Lo 82° 49.250’ W

Bearing to Tank (avg 6 bearings) 166 ° M

usps membership
USPS Membership

APS Courses – Fall 2011:

  • Advanced Piloting Class
  • Seamanship Class
  • Marine Electronics Class
  • Cruise Planning Class
  • ($75 for non members),
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USPS Membership

APS Seminar Program:

  • Member fee $5
  • Monday 21-Mar Advanced Power Boat Handling
  • Tuesday 19-Apr Boating on Rivers, Locks and Lakes
  • Tuesday 10-May Coastal Navigation,
advanced grades
Advanced Grades
  • Seamanship
  • Advanced Piloting (Tides & Currents)
  • Piloting
  • Junior Navigation (Celestial)
  • Navigation (Celestial)

(Fall 2011 courses)

elective grades
Elective Grades
  • Marine Electronics
  • Cruise Planning
  • Marine Engine Maintenance
  • Weather
  • Sail
  • Instructor Qualification
  • Operations Training

(Fall 2011 courses)

course cost comparison





Marine Electronics

2 d vs. 24 h



Engine Maintenance

12h vs. 20 h




2 d vs. 32 h



Piloting (2)

2 d vs. 52 h




Navigation (2)

1 d vs. 2 yr!




Course Cost Comparison
Advanced Powerboat Handling


Basic Coastal Navigation

Boat Handling under Power

Boating on Rivers, Locks and Lakes

How to Use a Chart

Hurricanes and Boats

Knots, Bends and Hitches

Marine RADAR

Mariner's Compass

Mastering the Rules of the Road

Onboard Weather Forecasting

Paddle Smart

Partner in Command

Sail Trim and Rig Tuning

Trailering Your Boat

Using GPS

Using VHF & VHF/DSC Marine Radio

member benefits
Member Benefits:
  • USPS Boat Insurance Program (classes, VSC reduce premiums further)
  • BOAT/US Membership Discount
  • Monthly Squadron newsletter
  • Monthly National magazine
  • Port Captains Program
  • Maptech discount (and others)
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Member Benefits:


•Free Boating Education

•Tax Deduction on Dues and some Travel Expenses

•GPS for Mariners

•Discounts on Computer Software and Hardware

•Liaison with governmental agencies - Web site

•The Compass - Electronic Newsletter

•40% Discount from Soundings Magazine

•Discounts on Nobeltec Navigation Software

•Up to 12% Discount with DELL Computers

•C-MAP Member and Squadron Discounts

•McGraw Hill On-line Store - Discounted Books

•Discounts with Rose Point Navigation Systems, LLC

•Long Term Care Insurance by John Hancock Life Insurance

•Discounts with Hamilton Marine, a Discount Marine Store

•Rigid Boats - 10% discount


what s in it for you
What’s In It For You?

1. Make new boating friends

2. Learn more about boats and boating

3. Learn about expanded cruising areas - inland lakes/rivers to Great Lakes or beyond

4. Keep current with boating laws/ regulations/legislation

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What’s In It For You?

5. Reinforce what you've learned in this course - studies show only 30% retained from lecture

6. Rendezvous' - cruise safely with a group of boaters

7. Contribute to the Boating Community

  • Vessel Inspections
  • Teaching
  • Co-op Charting
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USPS Membership
  • One member - $72.80
  • Family – total $120.70

Six Month membership is part of this class

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USPS Membership
  • Boat ownership not a requirement
  • Degree of involvement is your choice
  • USPS/APS is a family-oriented educational/social/civic organization
  • Education Department 7-year Plan

Boating is Fun …

…We’ll show you how !

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Akron Power Squadron

We’re Number ONE!

for additional information

For additional information:

USPS - http://www.usps.org

APS - http://akronpowersquadron.com