United States Power Squadrons®
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South Bend Sail and Power Squadron
Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan
We're America's Boating Club!
If you boat in Michigan, your age and your boat's horsepower determine whether you need to take an approved safe boating course. South Bend Sail and Power Squadron offers a class that meets the Michigan requirements!
If you were born on or after July 1, 1996, you may not legally operate a boat in Michigan of greater than 6 horsepower unless you have had an approved safe boating course and have your card with you! If you are less than 12 years of age, you may operate a boat up to 35 horsepower if you have had an approved safe boating course and have your card with you, and are directly supervised by someone at least 16 years old. If you are between the ages of 12 and 15, you may operate a boat of greater than 6 horsepower if you have taken an approved safe boating course, or you are directly supervised by someone at least 16 years old. There are no age or education requirements for a boat of less than 6 horsepower. If you were born before July 1, 1996, you may operate a boat of any horsepower without age restrictions or educational requirements. (It's still a good idea to take a boating safety course!)
Commander Bob Sorensen's October-November 2015 message has been posted. See it on the From the Helm page.
Location - White Whale Auction and Picnic - Contact Anita McCollester for Details
Date/Time - 20 Oct 2015 at 1630
It’s time for our annual fall picnic and auction/fundraiser, the White Whale. Back by popular demand. The date is Tuesday, October 20, at 6:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share and your own beverage. Guests are most welcome and everyone will enjoy great food, fun and fellowship.
Be sure to bring new or lightly‐used clean items to donate to the auction. (You can pre‐price them or put a minimum bid, if you like.) ITEMS DON’T HAVE TO BE NAUTICAL. You’re not obligated to buy anything, but you’ll likely find a treasure at a bargain price!
The latest edition of our roster, dated 23 June, 2015, is posted on the Member's Page (access restricted to members). Members Must Log In to have access.
The October-November 2015 edition of the squadron's publication, the SpringLine has been posted on the Member's Page (access restricted to members). Members Must Log In to have access.If you are not a member, take a look at a sample copy of the Springline for examples containing information about who we are and what we do. Sample SpringLine
The Fall 2015 edition of the District 9 newsletter, the Interlaker has been posted on the Member's Page (access restricted to members). Members Must Log In to have access.
New to boating, or just want to learn more about how to have more fun on the water? Our America's Boating Course, 3rd Ed. is our introductory public boating course. Join us for an exciting introduction to the fun of being on the water.
Sessions are 5-6 weeks long, and classes are held at the Battell Center, Mishawaka, IN from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. weekly. (Registration first night 06:30 p.m.).
Our classes have ended for 2015, but look for our new schedule of classes for next year, beginning early 2016!
Additional courses will be posted soon. More information about our classes can be found on our education page.