Saturday, 7 November 2009
Music City Sends Four to Chattanooga to Lead Our Certification Program
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On Saturday November,07, four members of Music City Power Squadron traveled to Chattanooga to complete the Basic Powerboat Handling onwater training as part of their path to become Advanced Certifiers for the Boat Operator's Certification Program of United States Power Squadrons. P/C Mike Majka, Lt/C Ray Alley and Lt/C Terry Fitzpatrick have now passed this milestone and are well on their way to becoming certified and rated as Advanced Certifiers so that they can in turn certify others within our Squadron. 
 
With the Boat Operator's Certification Program, USPS will certify USPS members at various levels of recreational boating proficiency. We expect that these certifications will be recognized across the boating community, both domestically and internationally. In the United States, The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has asked congress to authorize the Transportation Secretary to establish requirements for standards of proficiency for recreational boaters. We intend to have USPS certification accepted as the above proof and be accepted as the national certificate for the USA. 
 
Regarding international recognition, we plan to have certain USPS certifications meet or exceed the requirements of UN Resolution 40, International Certificate for the Operation of Pleasure Craft. Under this resolution, boaters holding national certificates will be able to obtain international certification, much like licensed drivers can obtain international drivers licenses. 
 
USPS currently plans three levels of Boat Operator Certification: 
• Inland Navigator
• Coastal Navigator
• Offshore Navigator
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Posted on 11/07/2009 4:01 PM by Barry
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Sunday, 1 November 2009
Fall Leaf Peeper Cruise Aboard the Blue Heron
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Thirteen lucky members of Music City Power Squadron gathered at the Riverview Restaurant in Ashland City on Sunday afternoon November 01 for lunch and a cruise to view the fall foliage. We were lucky because after a very damp autumn, the day was perfect, 59 and sunny, with a light breeze out of the north. Liz and Ray Alley came by river from Nashville, pleased that their Trophy is running sweetly with its new engine; the rest of us drove, enjoying the scenery along the roadside. The Riverview ("The only thing we overlook is the river), well known for its catfish and fried chicken, provided us with a delightful lunch prior to boarding.
 
Captain Jim Steele was our host aboard Blue Heron, his 40' pontoon excursion vessel. Steele is a USCG licensed captain and native of the Nashville area, who once aspired to sail blue waters but now prefers our rivers and lakes to the coast and salt water. Soon after we cast off from the dock at the Riverview, Jim played a narrated history of the area over his stereo; when Lili asked if the narrator with the lovely voice was someone he knew, he casually replied, "Not really, I've been married to her for nine years.
We cruised downstream under the Highway 49 bridge, past Harpeth Shoals Marina, the Bluff Creek inlet, Harpeth Island, the mouth of Sycamore Creek, and turned into the Harpeth River. Several miles upstream past Dozier's Catfish Restaurant and a well-tended farm with an onshore boathouse , having passed three canoes going the other direction, we came to high limestone bluffs eroded into incredible sculpted shapes over the eons. Atop the highest bluff was a tree where a number of turkey vultures roosted, while several others wheeled in the sky above. Those of us who were wearing caps told those without to keep a sharp lookout for falling soft objects. In addition to these reminders of Halloween the night before, we saw numerous herons and other waterfowl, and one well-fed groundhog scurrying along the riverbank.
 
All too soon, it was time to head back to the Riverview dock, with Captain Steele all the while dodging the drift from recent rains. After the obligatory group photo shoot and goodbyes, we left in out separate cars, and the Alleys in their boat, headed home. As a full moon rose in the east, we listened on our radios to the Titans playing their best game of the season so far, victors over the Jaguars.
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Posted on 11/01/2009 4:05 PM by Barry
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