The United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and the Boy Scouts of America have signed a Memorandum of Agreement that gives Sea Scouts increased boating-education opportunities and gives USPS members a chance to share their educational expertise and boating opportunities with America ’s youth.Sea Scouts are able to take USPS boating and navigation courses and join USPS as apprentice members.
Organized in 1914, the United States Power Squadrons 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. USPS has some 45,000 members organized into 450 squadrons across the country and in some US territories. USPS is America 's largest non-profit boating organization.
Local squadrons offer boating safety courses on a regular basis to boaters in their 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. Successfully completing a USPS boating safety course meets the educational requirements for boat operation in all states.
In a cooperative program with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, squadron members conduct courtesy Vessel Safety Checks of boats at the request of their owners.
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.
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, and navigation contests. Activities ashore include meetings with marine programs, parties, dinner-dances, picnics and field trips.