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
On a national
level, USPS benefits include:
completing the USPS Boating Course enjoy insurance discounts on most boat
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
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.
For more member benefits
the activities of USPS?
activities involve the three primary objectives of USPS: community service,
continuing education, and enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of our
community and civic services does USPS perform?
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.
social activities do members enjoy?
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