Monday, November 23, 2009

NSBC Announces 2010 Contest and Grant Deadlines

The National Safe Boating Council is an advocate for boating safety and education and a unifying resource for organizations that seek the goal of safer boating through education. As the foremost coalition for advancing and promoting a safer recreational boating experience through education, outreach and training, the council joins patron level partner organizations to offer two annual contests and one grant.

These opportunities recognize individuals and organizational partners in the boating community that create innovative programs designed to improve boating education and raise awareness of recreational boating-safety issues. Squadrons and districts are urged to apply for these funding opportunities.

BoatU.S. Boating Safety Youth Program Award
The Boating Safety Youth Program Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have developed and successfully implemented innovative youth boating education programs that target safety issues and concerns of national interest.

The award’s goal is to encourage the development of innovative youth boating safety education programs. To qualify, a program must integrate safety practices and be targeted toward students 18 years of age or younger. Selection priority is given to unique or creative programs whose primary goal is increasing boat safety and safety awareness.

MillerCoors Alcohol Awareness Impact Award
The Alcohol Awareness Impact Award recognizes one program each year that demonstrates an effective prevention and awareness strategy to address the misuse of alcohol while boating. The award’s goal is to promote activities that educate the community about the dangers of consuming alcohol while boating.

To qualify a program must provide a preventative strategy to eliminate alcohol consumption on the water. Unique programs and those emphasizing boating safety will be most favorably considered. An evaluation of the sponsoring organization’s related services and programs is also a consideration. Complete criteria may be found on the NSBC website.

Awarded annually, the BoatU.S. Boating Safety Youth Program Award and the MillerCoors Alcohol Awareness Impact Award each carry a $2,500 cash prize and a commemorative trophy. The award packages also include an expense-paid trip for a representative of the winning program to attend the International Boating and Water Safety Summit. Applicants agree to send a representative to the summit to receive their award; time is allowed in the summit agenda for each recipient to present a 45-minute workshop about the award-winning program.

Full contest descriptions along with application forms and may be found online at the NSBC website. The application is due no later than 31 Dec. of each calendar year. Applications will be evaluated by an NSBC Award Committee based on published criteria that includes a program description, budget proposal, and availability of the program to be duplicated by others. The NSBC may require an interview with the program administrator before final selection of each award is made.

Award monies may be used to purchase necessary equipment, audio visual aids, printing, teaching aids, program promotion and advertisement, rental time of pool or waterfront facilities, transportation to on-the-water sites or other costs associated with the advancement of the program. Funds may not be used as wages or salaries for instructors.

OMC Foundation Take ’em Boating Grant Program
The National Safe Boating Council Take ’em Boating Grant was developed to promote and develop interest in boating for future generations. Funded by the OMC Foundation on behalf of the former employees of the Outboard Marine Corporation, the Take ’em Boating Grant seeks to promote interest in boating safety, environmental awareness and the marine industry. The grant encourages organizations to develop creative and innovative programs to get kids into boats and on the water. It helps to demonstrate benefits of water-related activities to youth by getting them out on the water.

The $5,000 grant is awarded annually to the selected youth program that gets kids ages 6-18 safely into boating activities while promoting the future of the marine industry through environmental education, safety awareness and boating enjoyment. Applications from organizations, companies and agencies will be accepted each calendar year between 1 Oct. and 31 Dec. The winning applicant will be announced in early spring.

NSBC welcomes the opportunity to encourage and recognize projects that have made lasting contributions to the interest of boating safety. For inquiries about contests and/or grants contact the National Safe Boating Council at the addresses and phone number below.

National Safe Boating Council, Inc.
P.O. Box 509
Bristow, VA 20136
(703) 361-4294

P/R/C Joyce F. Shaw, AP
NSBC Secretary & Contest Committee Chair

Monday, November 16, 2009

USPS Adopts as Standard Communication Platform

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA and SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – November 1, 2009 – The United States Power Squadrons (USPS), the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit boating organization with more than 40,000 members, and LLC, a new boating website launched in January 2009, announced today the signing of an agreement that will pave the way to bring the members of USPS onto

“ worked with us to create special private communities for our members that will significantly improve our internal communications,” said Creighton Maynard, the Chief Commander for USPS. “In addition, our members will have access to the many additional features on that are important for boaters.” launched its free public website in January 2009 and has already garnered more than 2,500 members. The feature-rich website is a hybrid between a boating oriented social network and a communication and information exchange platform where the content is supplied by its members.

“We are very happy to be associated with the United States Power Squadrons,” said Randy White, Co-Founder and President of “We created private groups for each of the 450 USPS Squadrons and organized them according to the 33 USPS Districts,” continued White. “This allows the national organization single click communication with the entire membership and similar single click communication from the Districts to their respective Squadrons.” combines all the features of a social network with many special features such as Ask-a-Pro that puts members in touch with seasoned professional mariners who answer their questions free of charge. Gourmet Galley is a treasure trove of recipes that work on a boat, many posted by charter yacht chefs who also post their cooking tips. The Destinations feature provides worldwide local boating knowledge, including anchoring and services available, with information posted by members who have actually been to the locations.

In keeping with the USPS mission of “promoting recreational boating skills and boating safety through education,” also offers USPS educational courses on-line and hosts frequent Webinars on important boating topics. These features provide the USPS with access to a broader public audience and it is believed will increase membership in the USPS.

About United States Power Squadrons:
The United States Power Squadrons is the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit organization devoted to safe boating education. Founded in 1914, the USPS today has about 40,000 members and brings considerable boating knowledge and teaching experience to educating the boating public in safe boating practices. A program called “USPS University,” includes a Boat Operator Certification program consisting of four levels of demonstrated proficiency of on-the-water boating skills. For more information see the USPS website at

About, LLC: is a free worldwide boating website established in January 2009. It combines aspects of social networking with communication and information exchange where the content is generated by the membership. In the first seven months the website garnered more than 2,500 members including many professional mariners and charter yacht chefs. With the recent agreement with the USPS, expects to become an important boating website serving the needs of both the public and the USPS. For more information see the company’s website at

USPS Contact:
Tom Kemp
888-367-8777 Contact:
Justin McChesney