What is the United States Power
What are the activities of USPS?
What community and civic services
does USPS perform?
What educational courses are
available to USPS members?
What social activities do members
Can sailors become members?
Is USPS a part of or supported
by the U.S. Government?
How does one become a member
What if you're already a member
of the Canadian Power Squadron or the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary?
How do you enroll in a USPS
What's in it for me?
is the United States Power Squadrons®?
Organized in 1914, USPS is a non-profit,
educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more
enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related
subjects. Our members are boating families who contribute to their
communities by promoting safe boating through education. We enjoy
participating with our fellow members on the water and in the classroom.
USPS has some 60,000 members organized into 450 squadrons across
the country and in some US territories. USPS is the world's largest
non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three US
presidents for its civic contributions.
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 on the water
and off with our fellow members.
community and civic service 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. Successful completing a USPS® boating safety course
meets the educational requirements for boat operation in all states
and is a requirement for squadron membership. 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.
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.
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.
6. Can sailors
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 powerboat 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.
7. 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
8. How does
one become a member of USPS?
Active membership in USPS®
is open to those 16 years and over who have passed the USPS®
Boating Course or BoatSmart® examination, the CPS (Canadian
Power and Sail Squadrons) Boating Course examination, or the USCGAux
Boating Skills and Seamanship or Sailing and Seamanship examination
and who are able and willing to contribute time, energy, and skills
to the objectives of USPS®. If you're interested in joining,
please contact Norm
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 do not have to pass a USPS® course
to become a member because you have already completed a qualifying
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. 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 offered by the
Peralta Squadron is to check the USPS® website.
in it for me?