Although USPS currently has no education requirement for membership, certain squadrons may require the passing of a NASBLA “approved” boating course as a requirement for membership. USPS or NASBLA approved courses include: USCG Captain’s License, a degree from the US Naval Academy, USCG Academy or US Merchant Marine Academy or any boating course carrying NASBLA certification. Currently, Sarasota Power and Sail Squadron does not have an education requirement for becoming a member.
After filling out an application form and submitting credit card info to pay your annual dues, you will be assigned a certificate number and registered to receive the USPS national magazine – The Ensign and their electronic newsletter – COMPASS. The certificate number will allow you to take member courses and provide access to member only areas on the National web site. Within 7-10 working days you will receive a new member’s kit and your membership card.
Squadrons like SPSS are the backbone of the organization. They teach courses, perform civic services such as vessel examinations and cooperative charting, as well as conducting boating and social activities.
Advantages of Membership
Save Money on your Boat Insurance!!!
Up to 23% discount on your boat insurance.
(20% based on courses completed and another 3% for a Vessel Safety Check) *Not available in some areas*
How else can you save?
USPS Members will enjoy special discounts on valuable services.
- USPS / CHASE Benefit Card
- Preferred Mortgage Program / CHASE
- Vector Digital Charts / C-Map
- Marre Publications / McGraw Hill
- Long Term Care / John Hancock
- Software, Charts, Tides & Currents / Nobeltec
- Navigation Software / Rosepoint
- Software and Charts / Maptech
- Soundings Magazine
- Dell Computers
- Marine Supplies / Hamilton Marine
- And many benefits just for being a member
Member Only Boating Courses
USPS provides a great number of advanced boating courses including Seamanship, Piloting and Navigation along with many specialized ones including maintenance, electronics cruise planning and weather to mention just a few. Substantial savings on the cost of Advanced Educational Classes (this is new this year. Non-members pay $50 more) – in more than one place.
Information and Entertainment
- USPS Member Magazine / The Ensign
- USPS Member E-Magazine / The Compass
Cruising / Travel Assistance
USPS Port Captains Program provides members with travel tips and local information when traveling in unfamiliar areas.
Participate in our water activities, Cruises & Rendezvous with special friends. Enjoy social events, potluck dinners, picnics, parties and interesting meetings with special guest speakers on topics of interest to boaters