Organized in 1914, United States Power Squadronsâ 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. USPSâ has approximately 55,000 members organized into local squadrons across the country and in some US territories. It is the world’s largest non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions.
The Absecon Island Power Squadron is one of the 450+ squadrons of USPS. We were chartered in May, 1940. Our principal aim is to promote boating safety. We put special emphasis on boating education for members, with courses ranging from Seamanship to Celestial Navigation, and Engine Maintenance to Weather.
Announcements are made at our general membership meetings which take place at 8:00 PM, on the third Thursday of the month, at the American Legion Building in Absecon, NJ.. Our bi-monthly publication is called “The Light” and is a wealth of information showing what is happening in our Squadron together with a calendar of events. Flyers for rendezvous and special dinner outings are mailed to all members by the event chairman as a reminder of the date, time and location for the event.
One of our important civic service activities is teaching the Boating Course to the general public to promote boating safety. Another is the Cooperative Charting Program, in which we report corrections and additions to charts and other publications of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA’s charts and tables are widely used by the boating public, and we cooperate with NOAA in keeping them up to date. The Cooperative Charting Group meetings are announced by the Chairman. Members can also do Cooperative Charting at a time that it is convenient for them. Speak to the chairman for information and forms.
In the boating season, on-water and off-water events, such as cruises and rendezvous, are another part of our social activity. Check the schedule of events published in The Membership Roster and mark your calendar so you can plan to join us.
Becoming a member of USPS requires passing the examination for a boating safety course taught by a local squadron and being sponsored by a squadron member.
The USPS Public Boating Safety Courses are a traditional civic service of United States Power Squadrons ®. Since the first course began in 1914, local Squadrons have given it to anyone who wished to attend – more than 3 million people. This ever-growing interest leads us to believe that it has helped many and we feel that you, too, will benefit. This course is designed to be useful to all boaters, from the fisherman in an outboard to the skipper in a family cruiser to the sailing enthusiast. All are subject to nautical rules and regulations. All should respect traditional courtesies of the sea. All are subject to the forces of nature. The course is meant to be of interest to the entire family, older children are welcome; we encourage your family to attend as a group. United States Power Squadrons Basic Boating Course is taught in six lessons. A second, shorter course, Boat Smart is taught in four lessons. Each course is divided into two types of learning, in class lectures plus a reading assignment, and homework sections, not directly covered in the classroom setting. Each section of each chapter has homework questions at the end, used to test the Students retention of the information presented.