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United States Power Squadrons


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Sail and Power Boating

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    What are the activities of KPS?

    Our squadron's activities involve the three primary objectives of USPS:

    • community service,
    • continuing education, and
    • enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of our fellow members

    What community and civic services does KPS perform?

    Local squadrons offer boating safety courses on a regular basis to boaters in our communities. These courses are open to the public and there is no age limit for participants. USPS squadrons have offered these courses for over half a century and have educated more than 3 million boaters to date. Successfully completing a USPS boating safety course meets the educational requirements for boat operation in all states.

    In a cooperative program with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, squadron members conduct courtesy Vessel Safety Checks of boats at the request of their owners. To learn more about this program, and how to get your boat checked, click on the "Safety Check" navigation button at the left.

    Our members also help the National Ocean Service and the Army Corps of Engineers keep nautical charts accurate by reporting chart corrections, and our local squadrons participate in many other community improvement projects.   

    For informatiion on our Cooperative Charting Program please click on this link:   




    What educational courses are available to USPS members?    

    Our Squadron offers many carefully planned courses in subjects like Seamanship, Piloting, Plotting and Position Finding, Celestial Navigation, Cruise Planning, Engine Maintenance, Marine Electronics, and much more. These courses are taught by experienced member instructors, and members who complete them are recognized.


    What social activities do our members enjoy?   
     Click here for our calendar   

    Participating both on-the-water and off with fellow members who are skilled in boating is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. On-the-water activities include cruises, rendezvous, color cruises, lock-throughs and more. Activities ashore include meetings with marine programs, parties, dinner-dances, picnics and field trips.


    Below  are some examples of the fun we have!

    A typical squadron dinner meeting.


    A morning breakfast on the dock at our cardboard race effort.


    Blindfolded dinghy racing.


    Inter-Squadron cardboard boat racing.


    What member benefits are available from USPS National?

    There are many valuable benefits, including discounts and preferential rates on many items available through our parent organization.  Click the USPS Ensign at right  to go to the USPS Member Benefits Page



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