Why Join Us?

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Educational Opportunities

Members have access to over 35; Seminars, Courses, and On Water Training programs. Members of the Squadron only  pay for Course Material when the course requires it.

The Squadron Educational Officer (SEO) is responsible for all public and member courses and programs. As a result, the Educational Department is fairly large and involves a number of our members. The SEO has an Assistant Squadron Educational Officer (ASEO) who helps guide this department’s work.


Public Courses Offerings Public courses and programs include The ABC Boating Course. These are free of charge to everyone, with the only cost being for the texts, materials, and any fees charged for classroom use. Great South Bay Power Squadron Handbook for Members February 2015 Page 13 of 25 b.


Advanced Grades A major element of safe boating is knowing your responsibilities as well as knowing how to move your boat from one place to another, whether across the marina or around the world. Many people think that anyone can get into a boat and drive it with no special training. Perhaps they can. But, they won’t be safe—nor will anyone else on the water at the same time they are. Our Advanced Grades courses present a series of information that is important for you to know to be safe and to get where you’re going with the least trouble. We recommend that you take them in the following order, but you may take them as they become available, if the instructor approves. The instructor will ensure that you have sufficient background to absorb the material without delaying the progress of other students in the class. Our Advanced Grades Courses are Seamanship, Piloting, Advanced Piloting, Junior Navigation, and Navigation.

Elective Courses may be taken at any time, and in any order you choose. These courses are:

 Cruise Planning  Instructor Development  Engine Maintenance  Marine Electronics  Sail  Weather

Civic Service

Vessel Safety Examination is a public service courtesy examination of your boat (Vessel) to verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and Federal regulations. The Vessel Examiner is a trained specialist and is a member or the US Power Squadrons or the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Any US Power Squadron member is eligible to be a Vessel Safety Examiner. The VSE will also make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a safer boater.


Fraternal Boating Club

Great South Bay Power Squadron is host to many on-water and off-water parties and events. Including a Spring Picnic on one of Fire Island’s marinas between Watch Hill, and Cedar Beach. Annually at start of the boating season, we hold a Blessing of the Fleet for our members, as well as members of the community. Frequent guest include The United States Coast Guard, Suffolk PD Marine Bureau, Harbor Patrol from Islip & Babylon, and both SeaTow & Reynolds TowBoat. The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities. The practice is nondenominational but a blessing from the local priest or pastor was meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season.

Social Meetings
Many of our Squadron meetings have a social component along with the conducting of the current business of the squadron as well. Some traditional regularly scheduled meetings include: the Holiday Party Meeting in December and the Change of Watch early in the new Squadron Year. The main business of the Squadron for the Annual Meeting in January is the election of the new slate of officers for the coming new squadron year. The Change of Watch, held early in the calendar year, is a formal meeting where the new officers for the coming year are installed by the District Commander. Many of the District Bridge Officers and fellow District members often attend the Squadron Change of Watch. Great South Bay Power Squadron Handbook for Members February 2015 Page 17 of 25 20.

Social Events

Our Squadron has several planned social gatherings for the purpose of more informally getting to know our new members and allow members a time for social interaction. Members are encouraged to bring the appropriate family members as well as guests. Some of the traditional social events that we have include; Boating Season Kick-Off Spring Picnic Blessing of the Fleet Memorial Day Parade – East Islip Fall Picnic Fall Social Holiday Party Change of Watch Dinner Dance