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The United States Power Squadrons (USPS) is the world's largest private, non-profit, boating organization. Established in 1914, USPS has some 60,000 members organized into 450 squadrons across the country and in U.S. territories. Our members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting boating education and opportunities for fellowship among boating enthusiasts.

On a national level, USPS benefits include:


Individuals successfully completing the USPS Boating Course enjoy insurance discounts on most boat policies



The USPS Boating Course meets educational requirements for boat operation in all states


USPS Port Captains help visiting members understand local anchorages, resources for fuel & equipment/repairs, harbor & water conditions, and shore side amenities


Networking with fellow members throughout the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Japan, and the Virgin Islands


Access to 30+ courses developed for its members on boating topics ranging from personal watercraft and sail to engine maintenance and GPS.

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What are the activities of USPS?

Each squadron's activities involve the three primary objectives of USPS: community service, continuing education, and enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of our fellow members

What community and civic services does USPS perform?

Local squadrons offer boating safety courses on a regular basis to boaters in our communities. These courses are open to the public and there is no age limit for participants. USPS squadrons have offered these courses for over half a century and have educated more than 3 million boaters to date. Successfully completing a USPS boating safety course meets the educational requirements for boat operation in all states.

In a cooperative program with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, squadron members conduct courtesy Vessel Safety Checks of boats at the request of their owners. To learn more about this program, and how to get your boat checked, click here.

What social activities do members enjoy?

Participating both on-the-water and off with fellow members who are skilled in boating is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. On-the-water activities include cruises, rendezvous, sail races, navigation contests and even fishing derbies. Activities ashore include meetings with marine programs, parties, dinner-dances, picnics and field trips

Our members also help the National Ocean Service keep our nautical charts accurate by reporting chart corrections, and our local squadrons participate in many other community improvement projects.

USPS has been honored by three U.S. Presidents for its civic contributions and for educating more than 4 million boaters in the last half-century. To learn even more about our national organization, visit www.usps.org









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