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United States Power Squadrons

America's Boating Course is sponsored by the United States Power Squadrons (USPS®). USPS is dedicated to improving recreational boating safety through education. USPS educational outreach programs provide the best in boating education to America's recreational boaters every year. Our belief is that educated boaters are safe boaters. Plus, many states require boaters to obtain safety certification or pass a boat license test in order to operate a vessel.

Beyond providing the basic boater safety classes to the public, local squadrons (chapters) offer advanced boater courses for their members. These courses range from seamanship and piloting to electronic and celestial navigation, from engine maintenance and marine electronics to meteorology, sailing, and cruise planning.

Nationwide, USPS is comprised of over 45,000 men and women volunteers in over 450 local squadrons. Squadron members actively engage in civic services to improve water safety, one of which is assisting the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) cartographers maintain accurate chart data. Tens of thousands of corrections and verifications are provided to NOAA each year by USPS members, saving taxpayers millions of dollars. Vessel Safety Checks (VSC), approved by the U.S. Coast Guard, are performed as a courtesy by USPS members. Squadron members participate in local maritime and community events and assist with National Safe Boating Week activities.

USPS welcomes people interested in learning more about boat safety, boating law and supporting safe boater programs. Among the many rewards of membership is knowing you are making a difference in saving lives.

To join our growing organization, visit this United States Power Squadrons website or call 1-888-FOR-USPS (367-8777).

USPS Partners

bulletAmerican Boat and Yacht Council
bulletAmerican Canoe Association
bulletAmerican Radio Relay League
bulletBoat U.S.
bulletCanadian Power and Sail Squadrons
bulletC-Map/Jeppesen Marine
bulletEuropean Boating Association
bulletGreat Lakes Cruising Club
bulletMarine Retailers Association of America
bulletMaritech Industries
bulletNational Association of State Boating Law Administrators
bulletNational Boating Federation
bulletNational Boating Safety Advisory Council
bulletNational Marine Manufacturers Association
bulletNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
bulletNational Safe Boating Council
bulletNational SAFE KIDS Campaign
bulletNational Transportation Safety Board
bulletNational Water Safety Congress
bulletNational Weather Service
bulletNational Youth Marine Alliance
bulletPersonal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association
bulletPersonal Watercraft Industry Association
bulletPersonal Watercraft Safety School
bulletRadio Technical Commission for Maritime Services
bulletSea Scouts
bulletThe McGraw-Hill Companies
bulletUnited Safe Boating Institute
bulletUnited States Army Corps of Engineers
bulletUnited States Coast Guard Auxiliary
bulletUnited States Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety
bulletUnited States Powerboating Association
bulletUnited States Sailing Association
bulletVessel Assist
bulletWeems and Plath