United States Power Squadrons®

Come for the Boating Education . . . Stay for the FriendsSM

South Bend Sail and Power Squadron

Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan

What is USPS? 

We're not the Post Office.

Organized in 1914, 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. We enjoy participating with our fellow members on the water and in the classroom. United States Power Squadrons has nearly 35,000 members organized into 350 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's the First Step?

Enroll in the standard five- or seven-session United States Power Squadron boating safety course, America's Boating Course. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call  574-367-8572 for additional information and for locations and dates of classes near you. These offerings meet the boating safety education requirements of both state and federal regulations. Completion of either course will make you eligible for a free six-month membership in United States Power Squadrons.

What are the benefits?

As a member of United States Power Squadrons you have the opportunity to become active in boating-related activities and additional boating education courses offered through the local squadron. Your membership may make you eligible for discounts on your boating insurance. The more classes you complete, the greater your potential savings on insurance. You'll have access to the knowledge of experienced boaters who are ready to help you, and you can enjoy social activities on and off the water with people who love boating as much as you do!

To find a public boating safety class in southwest Michigan or northern Indiana, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 574-367-8572. In other areas, check the United States Power Squadrons Class Finder page, or call 1-800-SEA-SKIL (1-800-732-7545).

If you are interested in learning more about United States Power Squadrons, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.contact the toll free national help line 1-888-FOR-USPS (1-888-367-8777). You can also visit the USPS National web site at http://www.usps.org or visit the FAQ ("Frequently Asked Questions") page in the USPS national web site at http://www.usps.org/newpublic2/learn.html.