District 22 is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons®, Sail and Power Boating, the world's largest non-profit boating organization. USPS is composed of over 400 squadrons nation wide and overseas. The squadrons are organized into districts, geographically associated, and District 22 is those located on the west coast of Florida.
USPS is dedicated to the promotion of boating safety through education. Each of our squadrons offers very comprehensive public boating education and you are invited to visit their individual websites or contact them to obtain up-to-date information for a course in your area.
The Squadrons which make up District 22 provide both public boat safety classes, and seminars to the boating community of Southwest Florida. Free Vessel Safety Inspections (VSC) are offered to boat owners to help them comply with the federal and state safety rules. This service is offered in partnership with the U. S. Coast Guard Axiliary and supported by Boat U.S.
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 on BOC click here