The boating safety mission of the ASPS is to promote safer boating
practices. That entails distributing safe boating information, and encouraging
the public to take safe boating courses and get vessel safety checks.
The primary means of promoting safer boating to the public is by setting
up a booth at local festivals and celebrations. In addition to safe
boating literature, we encourage people to sign up for our Squadron's
BoatSmart and ChartSmart courses and to get vessel safety checks. The
boating season is kicked off each year by a Boating Safety Week in May
that involves proclamations by the Governor and Mayor, and publicity
in the local media. For ASPS members, a boating safety column appears
each month in the Squadron's newsletter, the Anchor Watch.
Some of the events in which we have participated in years past include:
- Safe Boating Week Kick-off at Sandy Point Park
- Maritime Heritage Festival at Annapolis City Dock
- Chesapeake Appreciation Days at Sandy Point Park
- South County Festival at Herrington Harbor North Marina
- Fishing Creek Landing Marina 10 year anniversary in Chesapeake Beach
- Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall in Washington
- Annapolis Sailboat & Powerboat Shows
- Boat Show at Arundel Mills Mall
Members will see the dates announced for similar events in the future,
by reading the publication Anchor Watch, Lunch Hook emails,
or checking this ASPS website.
Visit our booth
When you attend local events such as those listed above, look for the
Annapolis Sail & Power Squadron booth. We'll be happy to tell you
about our boating courses, vessel safety checks, and membership in the
Squadron - or to just talk for a while.
The ASPS Safety Officer is Ron Ricketts who can be
contacted at 571-296-5831 or