Nationally Recognized Education for the Recreational Boater

Better boaters feel more confident on the water, at the helm, and in the company of other boaters. They're boaters who boat more, boat more safely, and have more fun.

Improve Your Boating Skills and Knowledge

We offer a full range of boating education for both novice and experienced boaters, including both comprehensive courses and short seminars about seamanship and boat handling, navigation, boat systems maintenance, weather, sailing, cruise planning, and other topics specifically created to meet the needs of today's boater.

Get your boating education your way.

You have complete flexibility in scheduling your education and learning in the way that fits you best.

  • Classroom: with knowledgeable, experienced instructors where you benefit from group interaction

  • On the water: Hands-On Training and skills through our local clubs

  • Online: Many seminars are online and convenient. More are coming online each month

Participant satisfaction

"Loving the online courses. I’m taking ‘Planning Your Cruise’ and it mentions that it is part of a 3-part series, with ‘Weather for Boaters’ being one and then a third course. Looking forward to them all!”

– Tom     

“United States Power Squadrons has made me a safer boater … the friends my wife and I have made have enriched our lives many times over.”

– Donald L. Grotjan     


Learn as much as you want.

Choose from any full course or seminar that interests you. Courses are comprehensive, in-depth and usually require 12-16 hours over 6-8 weeks. Seminars are focused 2-hour workshops on a variety of boating subjects. You can mix and match to suit your boating education needs, and our local squadrons and clubs can help guide you.

Browse By Type of Boating You Do

We've made it easy to search for courses and seminars based upon the type of boating you do, whether you enjoy powerboating, sailing, fishing or paddling. Just pick from an icon below.

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