What is USPS
The United States Power Squadrons (USPS) was 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 nearly 40,000 members organized into over 400 squadrons across the country and in some US territories. USPS is America's largest non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions.
What 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 of our fellow members.
What community and civic services 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. Successfully completing a USPS boating safety course meets the educational requirements for boat operation in all states. If you are interested in taking a safe boating course, call this toll free number for information on when and where the next squadron boating course starts at a squadron near you, or get the details on America's Boating Course 1-888-367-8777. 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. To learn more about this program, and how to get your boat checked, click here. 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.
What 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.
What 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.
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What is USPS District 23
District 23 is comprised of 9 squadrons and approximately 960 individual members. We serve throughout central and north ast Florida. Please check out our District Map. The location of each of our squadrons are shown on the map, along with the burges and links to the individual squadrons websites.
The District Bridge is made up of volunteers elected from members of the squadrons. They include the District Commander, five Lieutenant Commanders and many committee volunteers from within the squadrons. As leaders of this level they support, promote, and enhance the functions at the squadron level. They act as the facilitators at meetings of the district and its squadrons.
The District meets four times a year. Two Council meetings and two District Conferences. The purpose of the council meetings is to set the agendas for the respective conferences. In addition, the latest national information is passed along to the squadron management. Additionally, seminars and educational workshops are provided for both the squadron management and members. The conferences are business meetings where the latest national information is discussed, seminars are held to educate the membership, educational training is provided, various social events are provided and enjoyed, and district officers are elected once each year.
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Visit our Squadron's websites for information on local boating activities including Public Boating Safety Courses and other Community Involvement, Vessel Safety Checks, Cooperative Charting Program, Members' Advance Courses and Seminars, On the Water Activites, Social Activities; and, "The Fun We Have".