For more events, please see the Calendar.

Sunday, February 25, 2024, at St. Luke’s Parish Hall, Darien, 5:00 pm – Joe Schnierlein on The Future of Long Island Sound in the Face of Changing Climate. Click here.
Questions? Please email Mark Bodian (mmarkb1968 AT

Monday, March 11, 2024, at Noroton Yacht Club, Darien – Boat Handling Course. Click here. Questions? Please email Mark Dam (mdam64500 AT

Saturday, June 8, 2024, at Noroton Yacht Club, Darien – Spring Refresher: “Practice What We Teach.” Click here. Questions? Please email Fred Elliott (elliottfc.07 AT

Coming Attractions: Click here.


Joe Schnierlein
The Future of Long Island Sound in the Face of Changing Climate.

Sunday, February 25, 2024, at 5:00 pm

St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 1864 Post Rd., Darien

Joe Schnierlein   Joe in the marsh

AHOY mateys! February 25th, 5:00 PM Saint Luke’s Parish!

Join DSPS for an evening with local teacher, scientist, and environmental advocate Joe Schnierlein to discuss The Future of Long Island Sound in the Face of Changing Climate.

Joe Schnierlein is a Norwalk resident and former biology teacher and science department chair at Brien McMahon High School.

He developed courses in Marine Biology and Ecology for the Norwalk School district and taught college courses about Long Island Sound.

He is chairman of the city of Norwalk Mayor’s Water Quality Committee and Research and University Liaison for the Maritime Aquarium.

Please join our first annual Commander’s Chili Cook-off!!

chili cook-off

Bring a crock-pot of your favorite chili or comfort food for taste testing! Electrical outlets for crock-pot or warming trays available, plus bowls, plates, napkins, and assorted beverages provided.

Show off your best chili or comfort food–whatever warms you up on a cold day!

Saint Luke’s Parish, 1864 Post Road, Darien 5:00 PM – In the Parish Hall (for both the Speaker and Chili)

Please RSVP for speaker and/or chili cook-off participation (or send questions) to: Mark Bodian mmarkb1968@Gmail

Boat Handling Course

When: Monday, March 11th at 7:00 PM

Where: Noroton Yacht Club, 23 Baywater Dr., Darien

The Boat Handling Course meets Mondays and Thursdays for 6 classes followed by an exam.

Do you want to be more confident on the water? Do you want to understand what is going on aboard your boat, or on the water? Do you want to take a more active role while boating or be prepared in an emergency? If so, then join us for BOAT HANDLING!

BOAT HANDLING is recommended as a follow-up to qualifying for your CT Safe Boating Certificate. Some of the topics from the Basic Boating Course are covered in more depth and new topics are introduced.  Boat Handling will make your time on the water safer, less stressful, and more enjoyable! This is information which everybody should master, whether you’re a power boater or a sailor, captain or crew. The topics covered include:

  • Rules of the Road: A Practical Approach
  • Confidence in Docking and Undocking: Slow-Speed Maneuvering
  • Boating with Confidence: Handling Your Boat Underway
  • Anchoring with Assurance: Don't Get Carried Away
  • Emergencies on Board: Preparation to Handle Common Problems
  • Knots and Line Handling: The Knots You Need to Know

The class will meet Mondays and Thursdays for 6 sessions plus an exam, and will start March 11th, at 7:00 pm, at Noroton Yacht Club, 23 Baywater Drive, Darien, CT 06820.

To register, click HERE.

The course fee is $85 for USPS members and $200 for non-members, and includes the USPS Boat Handling textbook and the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook. The non-member fee includes a one-year DSPS membership.

Please pay via PayPal by clicking HERE. You can use any major credit card and do not need to have or create a PayPal account.

For questions, please email Mark Dam

Come join us for this terrific course!

Saturday, June 8, 2024, from 8:30 - 11:30 am
Anchoring, Charts, Piloting, Radio, Docking, GPS
Right-of-Way on our local waters...and more!

Come join the fun and prepare for a safe season on the water

The Spring Refresher is designed for the graduates of the Coastal Boating/Safe Boating class, DSPS members and their guests who want to “refresh” their safe boating skills. We will meet at Noroton YC, 23 Baywater Drive, Darien, at 8:30 am sharp on Saturday, June 8, and depart from the dock shortly thereafter. We will return by 11:30 am. Take advantage of this opportunity to “Practice What We Teach.” It is your opportunity to go out on a Darien Sail & Power Squadron member boat and see Long Island Sound with an experienced teacher and boat captain.

There will be 3-4 participants on each boat with a captain and a DSPS coordinator. The “on the water” activities will include: pre-launch boat review, leaving the dock, proceeding to the channel, plotting a course, basic rules of the road, man-over-board (MOB), anchoring, and docking. We will practice navigation rules, communicating on a VHF radio, releasing and securing your boat from the dock or mooring, and other safe boating skills needed to have a stress free and safe outing on the water.

Coffee/water and donuts are provided before we leave and a light lunch is included to enjoy with your crew upon return. Bring a friend or a family member if you would like. The cost is $25 per person and includes the light lunch after the trip. Also, we can make arrangements for lunch at the dock with your family members/friends that are not participating in on-the-water activities for a minimal fee. Show them the boats and the docks!

We have had great weather in past years and hope to have good weather again this year. We leave the Noroton YC docks promptly, so come early.

Next steps:

  1. Email Fred Elliott at that you would like to attend. Space is limited to 20 students, first come, first served.
  2. Send a check for $25 per participant made out to DSPS to:
        John Pedersen
        35 Dubois St.
        Darien, CT 06820


Use PayPal:

Number of Participants

We will be happy to process your registration for this fun and instructive morning on LI Sound.

You will receive an email confirming your registration. Any questions please contact Fred Elliott at or (203) 656-2820.

Coming Attractions

  • Sunday, February 25, 5:00 pm–Speaker Series at St. Luke’s Parish Hall: Joe Schnierlein on The Future of Long Island Sound in the Face of Changing Climate. See the DSPS Calendar.

  • Monday, March 11, 7:00 pm–Boat Handling (Seamanship) Course. See the DSPS Calendar.

  • Sunday, March 17, 5:00 pm–Change of Watch at Norwalk Yacht Club. See the DSPS Calendar.

  • Sunday, June 2, 3:00 pm–Speaker Series at Darien Library: Eric Jay Dolan on Left for Dead: Shipwreck, Treachery, and Survival at the Edge of the World. See the DSPS Calendar.

  • Sunday, June 8, 8:30 am–Spring Refresher at Noroton Yacht Club. See the DSPS Calendar.