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Boating Safety

Mission
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.

Overview
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.

Get Involved
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.

Useful Information
Emergency Contact Form for Cruisers: Download this Excel file, enter required information and print it out.

Contact
The ASPS Safety Officer is P/C Rich Hughes, SN-IN who can be contacted at safety@aspsmd.org or call 410-903-7392.

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