What are the United States Power Squadrons?

The United States Power Squadrons (USPS) is America's largest non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions. USPS has nearly 40,000 members organized into over 400 squadrons across the country and in some US territories.

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.

What is District 3?

The 400 Squadrons are grouped into 33 districts. District 3 has 16 Squadrons which have been serving Long Island for 75 years

What are the activities of District 3 Squadrons?

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 do District 3 Squadrons perform?

Local squadrons offer boating safety courses on a regular basis to boaters in our communities. These courses are open to the public. 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 . 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.

What educational courses are available to USPS members?

Every squadron offers many carefully planned courses in subjects like Seamanship, Piloting, Plotting and Position Finding, Celestial Navigation, Cruise Planning, Engine Maintenance, Marine Electronics, Sailing, and much more. These courses are taught by experienced member instructors, and members who complete them are recognized.

What social activities do Squadron members in District 3 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