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How Do I Join the Grand Traverse Bay Sail & Power Squadron?

Contact Membership Chair Nicole Smethells at 715 579-3401 or Click Here to send email.


What is the Power Squadron?
United States Power squadron (USPS) is a nonprofit, non-governmental, and nonmilitary organization of adult boaters and their families. Men and women who are socially compatible and have a common love and appreciation for the sport of boating. There are no barriers to membership on the basis of race, religion, or ethnic background. The national organization is comprised of some 35,000 members in approximately 450 squadrons in most states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and distant areas where there are Americans. Organized in 1914, USPS is the world's largest private boating organization. It was original founded in 1913 as a club within the Boston Yacht Club. Although the name may say "Power Squadron," sailors are welcome and 40% of our members are sailors.


Click for an Application to The United States Power Squadrons

Our Purpose


  1. To educate each other in all aspects of boating.
  2. To promote safe boating through classes offered to the public at a nominal book fee, to assist the National Boating Service, perform Co-op charting functions for NOAA, and to promote safety awareness.
  3. To enjoy social camaraderie on-water and on-land.



USPS Membership Benefits



  1. Save money, up to 26% on your Boat Insurance (23% based on courses completed and another 3% for a Vessel Safety Check)
  2. Enjoy Special Organizational Discounts on valuable services including Sea Tow Membership, Vessel Assist Membership, Boat/US Membership, and more.
  3. Members Helping Members through a Port Captains Program that includes cruising/travel tips based on local information.
  4. Opportunities to have FUN that include land based as well as on-the-water recreational and civic service activities Organized Cruises & Rendezvous with special friends that are suitable for the entire family Social events, potluck dinners, picnics, parties and interesting meetings with special guest speakers on topics of interest to boaters.


Grand Traverse Bay Course Offerings

Activities Calendar

Membership Qualifications
To qualify for active membership in the United States Power Squadrons you must:

Be able and Willing to Contribute Time, Energy, and Skills to the Objectives of USPS
Be Accepted by The Squadron Executive Committee
Be at least 18 years of Age
Have Paid All Applicable Entrance Fees and Dues


Membership Types
Active Single Member - $107.00

Takes Courses
Attends Meetings
Votes
Holds elected or appointed offices
Earns merit marks
Receives THE ENSIGN

Active Household/Family Membership- $148.50

Takes Courses
Attends Meetings
Votes
Holds elected or appointed offices
Earns merit marks

Life Member with attached - $31.50

Takes Courses
Attends Meetings
Votes
Holds elected or appointed offices
Earns merit marks
Receives THE ENSIGN

Additiional Junior Member (under 18) In a Family Unit - $0.00

Apprentices/Sea Scout Member - $12.00

Takes Courses
Attends Meetings
Earns Merit Marks
Receives THE ENSIGN


Click for an Application to The United States Power Squadrons