Founded in 1958, the Anna Maria Island Sail & Power Squadron (AMISPS) is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects and through on-the-water recreational activities.
Its members are a part of a boating family comprised of some 60,000 members and 450 squadrons of the United States Power Squadrons® (USPS®), America’s largest non-profit boating organization.
There are some views that have the power to inspire us, and the turquoise water of the Gulf against the blue sky over Anna Maria is one of those views…. Boating (rentals) is a must, while visiting and vacationing in the Bradenton, Florida area. Bradenton Boat Rentals is built on a foundation covering three generations born and raised in Manatee County. The Florida Manatee is a large grayish brown mammal with thick wrinkly skin often covered in algae. Manatees prefer water above 68 degrees Fahrenheit and often spend winter in warmer areas such as springs and power plant discharge basins. Manatees are typically gentle slow moving creatures, however; when playing and during mating season they may barrel role and thrash in shallow water making a great scene. Sighting Manatees in the wild can prove to be tricky as their population becomes smaller, but is always a welcome treat. In addition to finding Manatee in the wild there are a few spots near Anna Maria Island to see Manatees up close in captivity.
Manatee are not uncommon to the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island, and many have been observed in our shallow canals, bays, and have even been spotted in Gulf waters on rare occasion. A truly unique animal, the Florida Manatee is a precious part of the Florida ecosystem, and a special feature of the amazing Anna Maria Island experience!

Looking for an Anna Maria Island vacation rental home situated right in the middle of Manatee territory? Copyright © 2015 Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island Website Design by InterCoastal Net Designs. As part of its effort to promote safe boating, the AMISPS provides a number of courses and workshops open to the public as education is the primary goal. Our experience in where to fish, snorkel, sand bar, diving, and other fun places is invaluable to boaters. They grow to be 10-12 feet in length weighing up to 1,800 pounds, and may live 60 years in the wild. Because of their massive intake of sea grass, manatees play an important role in keeping waterways clear of overgrowth. Manatees are threatened by boat strikes, pollution, and loss of habitat due to development and increased traffic in Florida waterways.
More commonly Manatees can be found in shallow bays, rivers, estuaries, canals and intercoastal waterways avoiding rougher deep waters like the Gulf of Mexico.
The South Florida museum, located at 201 10th Street West in downtown Bradenton, has the worlds oldest Manatee in captivity, Snooty.
The America’s Boating Course (ABC class) helps a skipper to operate their boat with confidence as well as improve boating skills. While boating you will see beautiful mangroves, islands, seemingly untouched beaches as seen in the video's we offer. Manatees have specialized molars to aid in chewing the large amounts of food they require to survive.

When entering the Manatees ecosystem be sure to show a great deal of respect to the animal to ensure future success of the species. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota, also has a manatee exhibit. Additional courses offered include but are not limited to Seamanship, Piloting, Advanced Piloting, Jr. Their front flippers are used to steer them, and occasionally they may use them to crawl along the water bottom or pull themselves partially on land to reach non submerged plant foods.
When boating or participating in water activities always be sure to follow signs indicating speed limits and the presents of Manatees. Manatees have small eyes and no outer ear, but this doesn’t stop them from seeing and hearing well. Electives include Cruise Planning, Engine Maintenance, Instructor Development, Marine electronics, Sail, Weather, Anchoring, Boating and Florida Wildlife, Boating and Saltwater Fishing, Co-Operative Charting, Hurricanes, Knots Seminar, Marine Radar, Mariner’s Compass, Mastering the Rules of the Road, Onboard Weather Forecasting, Paddling (kayaks), Tides & Currents and so much more!
Always be sure to keep trash out of water ways and never allow monofilament fishing line to becoming lost in the water.

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