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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
http://www.abycinc.org/
bulletAmerican Canoe Association
http://www.acanet.org/
bulletAmerican Radio Relay League
http://www.arrl.org/
bulletBoat U.S.
http://www.boatus.com/
bulletCanadian Power and Sail Squadrons
http://www.cps-ecp.ca/
bulletC-Map/Jeppesen Marine
http://www.jeppesen.com/marine/light-marine.jsp?category=Personal+Solutions&industry=Marine
bulletEuropean Boating Association
http://eba.eu.com/
bulletGreat Lakes Cruising Club
http://www.glcclub.com/
bulletMaptech
http://www.maptech.com/
bulletMarine Retailers Association of America
http://www.mraa.com/
bulletMaritech Industries
http://www.maritechsafety.com/
bulletNational Association of State Boating Law Administrators
http://www.nasbla.org/
bulletNational Boating Federation
http://www.n-b-f.org/
bulletNational Boating Safety Advisory Council
http://www.uscgboating.org/nbsac/nbsac.htm
bulletNational Marine Manufacturers Association
http://nmma.org/
bulletNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
http://www.noaa.gov/
bulletNational Safe Boating Council
http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org/
bulletNational SAFE KIDS Campaign
http://www.usa.safekids.org/water/boating.html
bulletNational Transportation Safety Board
http://www.ntsb.gov/surface/marine/marine.htm
bulletNational Water Safety Congress
http://www.watersafetycongress.org/
bulletNational Weather Service
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
bulletNational Youth Marine Alliance
http://goblue4kids.org/
bulletOceanGrafix
http://www.oceangrafix.com/o.g/index.html
bulletPersonal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association
http://www.pfdma.org/
bulletPersonal Watercraft Industry Association
http://www.pwia.org/
bulletPersonal Watercraft Safety School
http://www.pwcsafetyschool.com/
bulletRadio Technical Commission for Maritime Services
http://www.rtcm.org/
bulletSea Scouts
http://www.seascout.org/
bulletSea/Tow
http://seatow.com/
bulletThe McGraw-Hill Companies
http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/
bulletUnited Safe Boating Institute
http://www.usbi.org/
bulletUnited States Army Corps of Engineers
http://www.usace.army.mil/
bulletUnited States Coast Guard Auxiliary
http://nws.cgaux.org/index.html
bulletUnited States Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety
http://www.uscgboating.org/
bulletUnited States Powerboating Association
http://www.uspowerboating.com/
bulletUnited States Sailing Association
http://www.ussailing.org/
bulletVessel Assist
http://www.vesselassist.com/
bulletWeems and Plath
http://www.weems-plath.com/