Fish achieves senior navigator certification

PARKERSBURG -Bob Fish of Parkersburg has been awarded the United States Power Squadrons’ highest educational certification, senior navigator.

Obtaining the grade of senior navigator requires the successful completion of 11 courses beginning with basic seamanship through offshore navigation, including modern ocean-crossing navigational techniques, proficiency with the mariner’s sextant and emergency navigation plus courses involving sailing, vessel and radio operation, engine maintenance and teaching.

These courses and other boat operation and boating safety seminars are taught by members of the power squadrons, America’s largest boating education organization. Details and contact information is available at

The power squadrons also provide free vessel safety checks through their local, trained inspectors and they strongly recommend wearing life preservers when your boat is underway.

Fish is the educational officer of Mid-Ohio Valley Sail and Power Squadron and has served as squadron commander, district commander, and president of the Navigator’s Club of Cleveland.

He and his wife, Barbara, are avid sailors who have sailed extensively on the Chesapeake Bay and offshore in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, the San Juan Islands and the Sea of Cortez.

The Mid-Ohio Valley chapter is a chartered affiliate of the power squadrons and was formed in Parkersburg 42 years ago. Its members include power and sail boaters who boat on the Ohio River and Seneca Lake.

Squadron activities include education on seamanship and navigation, service to the community and fellowship.

The United States Power Squadrons is a non profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. Members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education.

It has 40,000 members organized into 450 squadrons across the country and in territories.