About Us

We Are the Sarasota Power & Sail Squadron

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USPSThe United States Power Squadrons is a national organization of boating enthusiasts with approximately 40,000 members. It was formed in 1914 and is dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects.

The Sarasota Power and Sail Squadron (SPSS) was founded in 1952 and today is one of the largest of the USPS Squadrons, with almost 400 local members. We are a totally volunteer organization. Our recently expanded and renovated Education Building is the center of our teaching efforts for all courses – to include the Boat Safety classes for the public and advanced and elective marine courses for members.

Our on-the-water activities include cruises, rendezvous, navigation contests, raftings and more. Activities ashore include weekly luncheons, parties, picnics, and marine programs.

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SPSS members freely give of their time to teach, conduct vessel safety-check inspections, participate in cooperative charting assignments and enjoy the life-long friendships of fellow power boaters and sailors.

SPSS Receives the  Robert A. Green Public Service Announcement 1st Place Award

The United Staes Power Squadrons Public Relations Committee awarded SPSS and SPSS  Member Michael P. Scahill, P a National First Place on Oct 1st, 2016. Mikes entry ” Sarasota Boaters Relocation Guide ” describes and answers many question of persons coming to the Sarasota area in regards to boating. Mike came from a freshwater environment in the St Louis area and soon found out how shallow the Sarasota Bay area is, and how corrosive and harsh a saltwater environment can be.  You can download for FREE Mike’s relocation guide by clicking on it–just look to your right. .

Thanks Mike –GREAT JOB.

SPSS receives the Carl C. Mahnken Commander’s Cup Award finishing in 1st place Nationally

 P/C Leon Warshaw led an outstanding TEAM of SPSS Member’s who developed the presentation. Congratulations to all of you on your accomplishment.
This award is named after Carl C. Mahnken who was both a USPS National Executive Officer and Educational Officer. It recognizes excellence in computer generated Power Point presentations. It provides an incentive for squadrons to create and conduct local public relations programs about themselves and their contributions to the community. These are often used in presentations to the Lion’s Club, Rotary, YMCA, Yacht Clubs and other