Sunday, October 24, 2021

USPS Video Filmed on Marco

Submitted Photos | Real world on the water training.

Submitted Photos | Real world on the water training.


The United States Power Squadron (USPS) is more than100 years old, but that doesn’t mean its leadership won’t resort to current technologies to support their objectives of boating education, fellowship, and civil service. Toward that end, USPS members Sari Lafferty and Louie Ojeda were tasked with creating a promotional video that illustrates just how much fun squadron members have while learning together and boating together. Content of the video will highlight boater camaraderie, classroom activities, and the actual on the water training that is available.

Marco Island, with its beautiful waterways and almost perennially good weather was chosen as the site for filming, both for the attractiveness of the location and for the quality of the local Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISPS). Filming started at the home of Carl and Sheila Thieme as they headed out to enjoy Marco’s waterways with MISPS friends Nick and Debbie Rago.

Other scenes in the video highlight the USPS foundation course that provides the area’s boaters with the knowledge and skill necessary to head out on the waters with the confidence the Thiemes and Ragos displayed. America’s Boating Course covers topics such as required safety equipment, navigation, anchoring, water sports safety, and trailering, among others. A particularly important resource available at the local Marco Island squadron is a Virtual Trainer, which allows both novice and very experienced boaters to practice their skills in a virtual setting, with absolutely no potential for damage to people or property.

Another segment of the video features MISPS Education Officer, Ted Reiss, working in a real world setting at the Calusa Island Marina with students Susan Bauer, John Salotto, Ann Miller, and Bob Aber, who are learning the basics of boat handling. Ted organizes the array of courses provided for the public by the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron, which can be seen on their website at marcoislandsailandpower Ted can be reached at or at 239-213-8722.

The United States Power Squadron is the world’s largest recreational boating organization, with more than 35,000 members. Members work to make the water a safer place through their ongoing activities. This video production featuring Marco Island and local MISPS members is available for public viewing on YouTube. 

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