Welcome to the
Boca Ciega Sail and Power Squadron.
Boaters committed to "safe boating through education" founded the Boca Ciega Power Squadron in 1954 in Pinellas County, the busiest boating county along Florida's Gulf Coast, extending eastward from Boca Ciega Bay through Tampa Bay. Check our location map.
Today, the Boca Ciega Sail and Power Squadron includes volunteer men and women dedicated to promoting safe boating through education, community service and social activities.
Check through our website for information about all our activities - educational, safety and social - and learn how you can enjoy them either as a member of the public, a visitor to the Gulf Beaches of Tampa Bay or, more so, as a member of the Boca Ciega Squadron.
We hope to see you in our beautiful, sunny west central Florida community. If we can be of any assistance to you about safe boating - as a boat owner or a boat renter - please contact any of our Bridge members through the links or numbers shown on our Squadron/Bridge page.
For more information on joining our Squadron, click here.
What is USPS?
Organized in 1914, USPS is a non profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. Our members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education. We enjoy participating with our fellow members on the water and in the classroom. USPS has nearly 40,000 members organized into over 400 squadrons across the country and in some US territories. USPS is America's largest non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions.
For more information, click on USPS,
Boat Operator Certification Program
With the Boat Operator's Certification Program, USPS will certify USPS members at various levels of recreational boating proficiency. We expect that these certifications will be recognized across the boating community, both domestically and internationally. In the United States, The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has asked congress to authorize the Transportation Secretary to establish requirements for standards of proficiency for recreational boaters. We intend to have USPS certification accepted as the above proof and be accepted as the national certificate for the USA.
Regarding international recognition, we plan to have USPS certifications meet the requirements of UN Resolution 40, International Certificate for the Operation of Pleasure Craft with the additional knowledge and testing of the CEVNI (European code for inland waterways) navigation rules.
USPS currently plans four levels of Boat Operator Certification:
- Inland Navigator
- Coastal Navigator
- Advanced Coastal Navigator
- Offshore Navigator
For more information, look under the EDUCATION menu, above.