Monday, May 14, 2007

Austin Power Squadron Webcast

The Austin Power Squadron has introduced a new feature on their web page, a monthly "webcast". It's kinda like watching the 6 o'clock news except you can do it anytime you have the time. The Austin Squadron is fortunate to have a number of video reporters and Cdr Bill Smith "anchoring" the webcast. If you would like to see what's happening in Austin or just get a glimpse of another way to communicate, click here.

Friday, May 11, 2007


Boating Guide to America is written collaboratively by thousands of USPS members! It uses a special type of website, called a "wiki", that makes collaboration easy. You may already be familiar with "Wikipedia", a hugely popular collaborative encyclopedia. Boating Guide to America is like a "boating destinations" version of Wikipedia.
The results of our effort are an on-line boating guide available to the public through the USPS web site. It appears as a USPS boating guide titled “Boating Guide to America”.

Preview it by looking at the web site As you can see the “Boating Guide to America”, covers virtually every harbor and port-of-call in America and is accessible through USPS websites. The content includes Charts, photographs, port facilities, emergency services, things to do while in port, restaurants, anchorages, history and much, much more. And all USPS members are eligible to contribute to the content.

Don't be afraid to edit-any USPS member can edit almost any page, and we encourage you to be bold! Find something that can be improved, either in content, grammar or formatting, and fix it. Or add an article about your favorite boating destination - coastal, lake or river. Your changes will be recorded as "recent changes". Inappropriate changes will be removed by a USPS Moderator, and repeat offenders will be blocked from editing.

You can't break this website. Anything can be fixed or improved later. So go ahead, edit an article and help make Boating Guide to America the best information source on boating destinations on the Internet!

We are in partnership with Maptech, who provides the computer facilities and the software support. The software has been written, the computers have been purchased, the system has been tested and is up and running.

More detail is provided in BoatingGuidetoAmerica08-08-06, a Power Point Presentation. (2108 KB)

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Discovery Channel SURVIVE THIS! Friday May 18

Dear Interested Boating Safety Professionals:

I wanted to let you know that the air date for the Discovery Channel segment containing the life jacket information included in the SURVIVE THIS! program will be shown on Friday May 18 (next Friday the day before the start of safe boating week). The title of the episode is called IRENES SINKING. The segment should air @ 8:30pm eastern/pacific check your local listing.

The message the Discovery Channel science editors want to get across was why things float and sink, so I focused on what is buoyance. I tried to get as much life jacket information in as possible but we will see how they edited the piece. I doubt if I will be given a whole of of time, we will see. It is a boating accident (sinking) of a chartered fishing vessel in Alaska. The USCG makes a helicopter rescue to save the day.

Hopefully this is the correct air date information and it won't be rescheduled like it was the first time around. I was just contacted by the producers today, It was the follow up they promised about when the segment was to be aired. I appreciate the fact they let me know.


Virgil Chambers
Executive Director
National Safe Boating Council
P.O.Box 509
Bristow, VA 20136
Phone: 703.361.4294
Fax: 703.361.5294
Web Site:

"Through the Support of our Membership We Make Boating Safer"