Who We Are
Lansing Sail & Power Squadron, located in central Michigan, is one of 350 squadrons that form United States Power Squadrons. USPS, the largest non-profit boating organization has been helping boaters become more proficient for over a hundred years by offering a wide range of superior boating courses in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. Our members are boating families who contribute to their communities by encouraging boaters to become more proficient through education. We enjoy participating with our fellow members on the water and in the classroom. Today, USPS is a thriving organization made up of some 35,000 members across the country and in some US territories. USPS has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions.
United States Power Squadrons is not part of, or supported by, the U.S. Government. Also, close to half of our members are sailors. The term "Power Squadrons" in our name dates to our founding in 1914 by the power boat division of the Boston Yacht Club.
Following the first World War, our ranks broadened to include all types of boats and sailors have been a major part of USPS ever since.
The Lansing squadron was chartered in 1957, and has been offering boating courses on a regular basis to Lansing area boaters ever since. These courses are open to the public and there is no age limit for participants. Our members also help the National Ocean Service, part of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, keep our nautical charts accurate by reporting chart corrections.
We enjoy participating with our fellow members on the water and in the classroom. As our triangle shows, squadron activities involve the three primary objectives of USPS: community service, continuing education, and enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of fellow members.
What community and civic services does USPS perform
Safe Boating Courses
Lansing Sail & Power Squadron offers a wide range of boating courses on a regular basis to boaters in the Lansing area. These courses are open to the public and there is no age limit for participants. USPS squadrons have have educated more than 3 million boaters to date. Successfully completing America's Boating Course meets the educational requirements for boat operation in all states.
Vessel Safety Checks
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.
Cooperative Charting program with NOAA
Our members also help the National Ocean Service keep our nautical charts accurate by reporting chart corrections, and our local squadrons participate in many other community improvement projects.
What educational courses are available
Every squadron offers many carefully planned courses in subjects like Seamanship, Piloting, Advanced Piloting, two celestial navigation courses; Junior Navigation & Navigation, Cruising and Cruise Planning, Engine Maintenance, Marine Electronics courses; Marine Electrical Systems, Marine Communications Systems & Electronic Navigation, Sail, Weather and much more like USPS Seminars and USPS guides. Courses are taught by experienced member instructors. More Information is available in the Education section of the website.
What social activities do members enjoy
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 and navigation contests. Activities ashore include meetings with marine programs, parties, dinner-dances, picnics and field trips.
If you enjoy boating, and would like the camaraderie of other boaters, consider Joining the Squadron.