Can sailors become members
__Of course. More than 40% of our
members are sailors. The term "Power Squadrons" in our name dates to our
founding in 1914 by the power boat division of the Boston Yacht Club.
Following the first World War, our ranks broadened to include all types
of boats, and sailors have been a major part of USPS ever
Is USPS a part of or supported by the U.S.
__No. While we have many joint programs with the
United States Coast Guard, the CG Auxiliary, and the National Ocean
Services division of NOAA, USPS is a private, totally self-supporting
How does one become a member of USPS
Becoming a member of the United States Power Squadrons is quite simple. Locate a squadron near where you live, contact the chair of the Membership Committee, and submit your application. The squadrons Executive Committee will review your application and decide if you meet the requirements for membership.
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What if you're already a member of the Canadian Power
Squadron or the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
If you already belong to either of these organizations you have already satisfied the educational requirements. Just locate the squadron near you and contact the chair of the Membership Committee so that you can submit your application.
you enroll in a USPS boating course
__Every USPS squadron teaches at least one or two
such courses every year. Some squadrons teach many more. The courses
usually begin in September or October, then again in January or
February. Some squadrons offer courses during the summer. The courses
are publicized in local newspapers, on posters, at marinas, and at
various other locations. The easiest way to determine when the next
course will be offered in your area is check our online schedule or call
toll-free 1-888-FOR-USPS (1-888-367-8777).
What about the person
who cannot take an evening Boating Course
__America's Boating Course (ABC) is a joint effort
between the United States Power Squadrons and the US Coast Guard
Auxiliary. It is available as an internet home study course for
individuals who cannot attend traditional class room courses. A CD and a
manual are provided as part of the course_
What's in it for you
great variety of courses to choose from: As a USPS
member, you and your family can enroll in a great variety of advanced
grades and elective courses which are only available to USPS members.
These courses include Seamanship, Piloting, Celestial Navigation,
Weather, Sail, Engine Maintenance, Marine Electronics and Cruise
Planning. In addition, USPS offers more than two dozen self study
courses on such subjects as the Water Sports, Boat Insurance,
Oceanography, Introduction to Sailing, Preparation for Coast Guard
Licensing, and much more.
other boaters in your area: As a member of a local squadron (and there
are approximately 450 squadrons throughout the USA, including Alaska,
Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands) you will join with other
knowledgeable boaters in your area who are familiar with the local
waters, the best anchorages, and marinas and boat repair shops.
__Participation in a variety of on water
activities: As a USPS member you're automatically invited to join in the
squadron and district cruises, rendezvous, predicted log contests,
raftings and other on-water activities.
__Savings on Boat Insurance: There are many marine
insurance companies which provide discounts to those who complete
advanced boating courses. This savings can be significant.
__USPS Networking with other members throughout the
USA, Canada and even more distant areas: Thinking of boating in a river,
lake or ocean far from your home? USPS has a Port Captain program which
will provide names and telephone numbers of local USPS members who know
__Receive the official
USPS magazine THE ENSIGN.