Sit yourself down. Welcome to the Kansas City Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons®
The Kansas City Sail and Power Squadron brings the services of the United States Power Squadrons to the Greater Kansas City area. We offer basic boating education, advanced boating education, boating and outdoor related seminars and guide books, and camaraderie for people interested in boating.
The United States Power Squadrons is the oldest safe boating club in the United States, but it's new every day. We have new seminars and new courses, some with real, on-the-water, hands-on training.
You might wonder why safe boating education matters. Here are a few facts:
• In 2011, the Coast Guard counted 4588 accidents that involved 758 deaths, 3081 injuries and approximately $52 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
• The fatality rate was 6.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.
This rate represents a 14.8% increase from last year’s fatality rate of 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.
• Compared to 2010, the number of accidents decreased 0.35%, the number of deaths increased 12.8% and the number of injuries decreased 2.3%.
• Seventy (70) percent of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, eighty-four (84) percent were not reported as wearing a life jacket.
If you're just a "regular person" with a "regular boat" and think that KCSPS membership is for some kind of "high-end" boater, consider this:
• Eight out of every ten boaters who drowned were using vessels less than 21 feet in
• The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats (47%), personal watercraft (19%), and cabin motorboats (14%).
And, perhaps most important:
• Fifteen children under age thirteen lost their lives while boating in 2011. Sixty (60) percent of the children who died in 2011 died from drowning. Seventy-eight (78) percent of those who drowned were wearing a life jacket as required by state and federal law.
• Only eleven percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had received boating safety instruction. Only seven percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received boating safety instruction from a NASBLA-approved course provider.
The Kansas City Sail and Power Squadron is a NASBLA-approved course provider. We are in District 30 of the United States Power Squadrons. Come visit a meeting. Join up with us to make boating safer and more fun!
All it takes for you to join the Kansas City Sail and Power Squadron and become a member of the United States Power Squadrons is to come to any of our meetings, held the third Tuesday of most months at RJ's BarBeQue Shack at 5835 Lamar in Mission, KS. We'll help you fill out the required paperwork and get the wheels rolling.
All new members receive a complimentary copy of America's Boating Course, so if you haven't already taken the course you might as well just come join. It's the easiest way to get started.
If you'd rather, you can go directly to the United States Power Squadron's online membership page to join. Either way, we look forward to meeting you.
Squadron members gain access to higher levels of boating education. If you want to gain extra skills in operating your boat in close quarters or off-shore, if you want to know more about boat electricals (a common curse), if you want to be better able to spot dangerous weather coming, all these and more are taught in United States Sail and Power Squadron Courses.
Then there's the simple pocketbook issue. Most boat insurance companies offer significant discounts to Squadron members. There are many other benefits too, from discounts at Sears to lodging discounts and the USPS national magazine The Ensign.
United States Power Squadron members qualify for access to CruisesOnly at member discounts. Choose from offerings by 18 cruised fleets with a Best Price Guarantee.
From life and car insurance through boat equipment to rental cars, Power Squadron members save money.
For members who live active lives and make full use of the member benefits offered, it is possible to recover more than the annual dues in any year.
For more details on United States Power Squadron member benefits follow this link to National's Member Benefits page.