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America's Boating Club™

For Boaters, By Boaters™

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. In recent years, United States Power Squadrons has rebranded itself under the name America’s Boating Club to better reflect its commitment to the public to provide education and training to the boating public and to provide a community on line and in person where boaters can gather. 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. America’s Boating Club has nearly 35,000 members organized into 350 squadrons across the country and in some US territories. During the proud history of United States Power Squadrons, the organization has remained 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  888-367-8777 for additional information. For locations and dates of in-person and on-line classes near you visit These offerings meet the boating safety education requirements of most states.

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!