Waterbury chapter of America's Boating Club (ABC) is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons (USPS), the largest all-volunteer, not-for-profit,
boating education organization in the U.S. The ABC mission is to promote recreational boating safety through
civic service, self education and fellowship to members of a
Fraternal Boating Club. Waterbury chapter of ABC offers many opportunities in this three-fold
mission and invites you to explore our web site to see how membership in Waterbury chapter of ABC can help you
Expand Your Boating Horizons.
America's Boating Course
America's Boating Course is an introductory boating safety course designed for boaters of all types - Power, Sail, PWC, Anglers, Hunters, Paddlers. It is our mission to promote the enjoyment of boating, it is through boater safety education classes, that we can all safely enjoy the many opportunities for boating activities. America's Boating Course fully satisfies the basic boating education laws of all 50 States and all U.S. Territories, including specifically the Connecticut State Boater Education Law. Waterbury chapter of ABC offers America's Boating Course regularly throughout the year in the area surrounding Waterbury. Upon completion of this course, you are fully qualified to receive your Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate Click here to learn the requirements for the Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate (SBC). Your Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate is good for life.
Vessel Safety Check
Waterbury chapter of ABC has a team of trained Vessel Examiners available to provide you with a FREE Vessel Safety Check
of your boat. This Vessel Safety Check will give you the assurance that your boat has all the documentation and safety
equipment required by Federal and State law. The current Vessel Safety Check decal is visual evidence to law enforcement
officials and other boaters that your boat meets all basic safety requirements. Click on the link to the left to learn
the Vessel Safety Check guidelines and to schedule a Vessel Safety Check for your boat.
Education courses taught to the public
Waterbury chapter of ABC offers a wide range of Advanced Boating Education & Training courses and seminars open to the boating public. These programs are recognized to be among the most complete and well designed boating education available and range from basic seamanship to advanced celestial navigation. Click on the link to the left to learn more about these Advanced Boating Education & Training courses and seminars.
Advanced Boating Education for Members
Waterbury chapter of ABC offers a wide range of Advanced Boating Education & Training courses and seminars. These range from basic seamanship to cruise planning, inland and coastal navigation, engine maintenance, marine electronics, sail, weather, open-oceanic navigation, and a full array of short seminars. Prices to ABC members are 70% to 75% below prices to non-members. Click on the link to the left for full details about subject content and prices of Waterbury Sail and Power Squadron's Advanced Boating Education and training.
Fraternal Boating Club
Waterbury chapter of ABC is an active boating club of approximately 75 members, drawn from every imaginable boating venue - Power, Sail, PWC, Anglers, Paddlers. Most have or have had boats on local lakes and rivers and along the shoreline of Long Island Sound. Waterbury chapter of ABC members participate actively year-round in a wide variety of civic activities, Advanced boating education programs (both as instructors and students), monthly squadron dinner/program meetings, cruises and rendezvous. Click on the link to the left for more information about the many Waterbury chapter of ABC activities and Fellowship.
Waterbury chapter of ABC draws its members from the greater Waterbury area and the surrounding towns. You do not have to own a boat to become a member. In fact, about 20% of our members do not currently own boats. Click on the link to the left for more information on ABC and speciically the Waterbury chapter. Learn about the benefits of Membership, and how you may become a member of Waterbury chapter of America's Boating Club.
Waterbury chapter of ABC offers its members many ways to get involved in a wide variety of civic activities, educational programs (both as instructors and students), monthly dinner/program meetings, cruises and rendezvous, and chapter administration. Click on the link to the left for more information on the many Squadron Activities of Waterbury chapter of ABC.
Waterbury chapter of ABC newsletter, The Pharos Beacon, is published monthly and sent via e-mail or postal mail to all members, many prospective members, officers of USPS at the national and District 1 level, and selected partners and friends of the squadron. The Pharos Beacon staff are proud to display the USPS "Distinctive Communicator" award given annually to squadron newsletters around the country that meet certain high standards. Click on the link to the left to see copies of recent issues of The Pharos Beacon Newsletter.
Waterbury chapter of ABC was chartered in 1963 as "Waterbury Power Squadron." A bylaw change in 2013 added "Sail" to our name and we became "Waterbury Sail and Power Squadron". Recently we adopted the name America's Boating Club from our national organization the United State's Power Squadron (USPS) "doing business as" (DBA) America's Boating Club (ABC). Click on the link to the left to see the heraldry of the Waterbury burgee, a listing of all Past Commanders, a copy of the current Waterbury Power Squadron Bylaws, and some highlights from the squadron's History.