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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 since.

Is USPS a part of or supported by the U.S. Government

__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 organization
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 squadron’s Executive Committee will review your application and decide if you meet the requirements for membership. Click here for details

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.

How do 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.
__Meeting with 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 the territory.
__Receive the official USPS magazine THE ENSIGN.

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