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!
We are located in the Kansas City area, primarily serving greater Kansas City and surrounding areas. We have members who keep their boats at Smithville, the Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Perry, Stockton Lake, Lake Lotawana, and even as far away as Kentucky Lake. We have members who keep their boats on trailers in their yards. We have members who live aboard, and members who use their boats to fish. Whatever you want to do with your boat, we are here for you.
Even your insurance company knows we can make you safer - they give USPS graduates discounts!
Boating is supposed to be fun. Do it safely and it is fun. Come join the Kansas City Sail and Power Squadron and We'll show you how!