The America’s Boating Club – Memphis (aka: Memphis Sail and Power Squadron) is a non-profit organization dedicated to boating education and promoting high standards of seamanship while having fun on the water. We are a unit of District 17 of the United States Power Squadrons (USPS)®. Our Memphis club services Western Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas, and Northern Mississippi. Members include fishermen, paddle boaters, sail and power boaters, including those who had a boat, have a boat, or are just interested in boating.
“WE ARE AMERICA’S BOATING CLUB”.
America’s Boating Channel
The United States Power Squadrons (USPS) Digital Media Library (DML) is now the America’s Boating Channel. It is your online home for safe boating education and boating safety messages in multiple digital media formats.
Here you’ll find original videos, slideshows, images, and more to help you learn how to become a more skilled and confident boater. USPS America’s Boating Channel
Boating Courses and Seminars
America’s Boating Club is dedicated to the continued education of its members and the public. We offer a core curriculum of boating classed as well as many elective classes. In addition, we now offer 2-4 hour seminars of many boating topics. Check out our Education page to see of list of all classes.
America’s Boating Club – Memphis to Host Ready, Set, Wear It Life Jacket Event on May 19th at Hyde Lake @ Shelby Farms
Help break a world record! America’s Boating Club – Memphis is proud to host a Ready, Set, Wear It life Jacket event on Saturday, May 19, 2018. We are joining participants around the globe to heighten awareness of different life jacket types that are available for outdoor enthusiasts, including inflatable life jackets and setting a world record for the most life jackets worn at the same time.
Ready, Set, Wear It is part of the yearlong Safe Boating Campaign to promote boating safety and voluntary, consistent wear of life jackets. Members of the boating public – including anglers, hunters, paddlers and others who use boats (don’t forget your four-legged friend!) – are encouraged attend.
The local event will take place on Saturday, May 19th at the launch area of Hyde Lake at Shelby Farms, Memphis. Arrive at 11:30 for the 12 noon photograph. Be part of the group photo wearing your life jacket! Learn about the different life jackets designed for different occasions. Receive free literature on boat education and safety.
More information about the event can be found at www.readysetwearit.com.
The previous world record for this event was set in 2015, with 10, 917 participants gathered at 257 events held around the world to set a new record for the number of participants who inflated their inflatable life jacket or wore and inherently buoyant life jacket.
U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities in 2016, and that 83% of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.
So come on out and join us! See you at the Lake.
Although our primary emphasis is boater education and making you a more confident boater, we are also a social boating organization with a variety of family-friendly activities.
Monthly Dinner Meetings
During the winter months we have monthly dinner meetings with a guest speaker. These turn out to be a very social occasion for our members.
In the summer we have picnics, raft-ups, and maybe a boat trip up or down the Tennessee River.
On September 23, 2017 members, guests and friends joined in a boat raft-up in Dry Creek, Pickwick Lake. We had boats rafted up, with visitors stopping by in their own boats. Food, fun and friendship was the order of the day.
Visit our Activities page for more information and a calendar of events.
We are a unit of District 17 of the United States Power Squadrons (USPS)®. Districts tie a geographical group of Squadrons together (see map) and provide administrative oversight. USPS is the national organization that overviews and provides services to the Districts and Squadrons. Our squadron covers the Memphis TN area including Eastern Arkansas, Northern Mississippi, and Western Tennessee and has over 60 members, divided between power boaters and sailors.
If you enjoy having a more active role, our Leadership Structure will have something for you. Our squadron is governed by a group of Officers referred to as “The Bridge”. The Bridge oversees the normal operations of the Squadron and consists of a Commander, Executive Officer, Secretary, Treasurer, Education Officer, Administrative Officer and various other committee members. Additionally we have other leadership roles available such as Port Captain, Fleet Captain, Vessel Safety Check Officer along with various committee positions. There are plenty of opportunities to become involved if you love boating. Visit our Membership page for more information.
Regardless of whether you are a new boater or have been boating for years, if you enjoy boating we have something for you!