United States Power Squadrons®

San Luis Rey Sail & Power Squadron

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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

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 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

USPS is a private, non-profit, non-governmental, and non-military organization of men, women and families who are socially compatible and have a common love of recreatioanal boating. There are no barriers to membership on the grounds of gender, race, religion or ethnic background. USPS is comprised of some 45,000 members in approximately 450 local Squadrons in virtually every state, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and more distant areas where Americans. congregate. USPS is the world's largest private boating organization.

The USPS Educational Program is diverse and challenging. It offers to the members the promise of greater enjoyment and safety in their own boating activities. In addition, the Educational Program offers the satisfaction of personal accomplishment, and the opportunity to share with others the knowledge and skills the individual member has acquired.

If you are interested in learning more about USPS, please contact the toll free national help line 1-888-FOR-USPS. You can also visit the USPS National web site at http://www.usps.org

What's the First Step?

Enroll in the standard eight-session USPS Boating Safety course or in the accelerated two-session USPS Boat Smart course. Call (800) FOR USPS for additional information or see our online classes page. These two offerings meet the boating safety education requirements of both state and federal regulations.

Completion of either course immediately qualifies you for a significant discount on your boat insurance. You will also be eligible to join the United States Power Squadrons and become active in boating-related activities and additional boating education courses.

What Does Your USPS Membership Mean?

(Benefits of Membership)

Boating Education, Families Together, Social Events, Community Involvement, Cruises


Sharing Boating Knowledge


Network of Activities for You and Your Family


Giving Back to Your Community


Marine Insurance


First USA Visa Card


Port Captains Program

  • Extensive listing of USPS members to assist you in unfamiliar waters and cities.

USPS Publications

  • Timely and informative boating and USPS information received via The Ensign® magazine. District and Squadron publications.

Federal Tax Exempt Status

  • 501(c)(3) status allows personal tax deductions for selected USPS expenses for Squadron, District, and National participation.

Travel Discounts to National Meetings

  • Airline discounts available through Delta and American.
  • Auto rental discounts and upgrades available through Hertz and Alamo.

USPS Customer Service Center

  • Call (888) FOR USPS (1-888 367-8777) for all your USPS needs.
  • Knowledgeable and courteous staff to answer your questions and process your requests.
  • USPS national web site http://www.usps.org
  • USPS apparel and accessories available through Ship's Store.