What is The United States Power Squadrons?
United States Power Squadrons (USPS®) is a private, non-profit, non-governmental, and non-military organization of men and women who have a common love and appreciation of boating. The national organization comprises some 50,000 members in approximately 450 Squadrons in most states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other areas.

Organized in 1914, USPS is the world's largest private boating organization and has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions.

Balboa Sail & Power Squadron

The Squadron is a unit of District 28.  It was founded in July, 1940 with 12 charter members transferring from the Los Angeles Power Squadron. Annual dues at that time were $1 plus National dues of $2!  The Squadronīs territory lies in southern Orange County, California, extending to Newport Beach and Costa Mesa in the north and San Clemente in the south. Headquarters are at 1714 West Balboa Boulevard, Newport Beach, California. Contact our Administrative Officer, Denise Erwin at (714) 686-4210 for more information.

What do we offer?
Like other squadrons, Balboa offers 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.  Successful completing a USPS boating safety course meets the educational requirements for boat operation in all states and is a requirement for squadron membership.

We also offer 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. Call our Squadron Educational Officer, Peter Barbour, at (714) 963-5271, for more information.

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.

The Trident
Our in-house news magazine is the Trident, published quarterly. Click here to see the Q2-2014  issue.


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