Q. What's in it for you?
1. A great variety of classes to choose from: As a member of America's Boating Club, you and your family can enroll in a great variety of advanced grades and elective courses which are only available to America's Boating Club members. These courses include Seamanship, Coastal Navigation, Celestial Navigation, Weather, Sail, Engine Maintenance, Marine Electronics and Cruise Planning. There are evening seminars on specific topics like GPS, radar, sail trim or chart reading. In addition, USPS offers more than two dozen self-study courses on such subjects as the Water sports, Boat insurance, Oceanography, introduction to sailing, Preparation for Coast Guard Licensing, and much more.
2. Meeting with other boaters in your area: As a member of a local America's Boating Club (and there are approximately 450 clubs throughout the USA, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands) you will join with other knowledgeable boaters in your area who are familiar with the local waters, the best anchorages, marinas, dealers and boat repair shops.
3. Participation in a variety of on the water activities: As an America's Boating Club member you're automatically invited to join in the club and district cruises, rendezvous, rafting's and other on-water activities.
4. Savings on boat insurance: There are many marine insurance companies which provide discounts to those who complete boating courses. This savings can be significant.
5. Discounts: There are discounts available on paper and electronic charts, and other boating items. See Membership Benefits for the latest in discounts.
6. Networking with other members throughout the USA, Canada and even more distant areas: thinking of boating in a river, lake or ocean far from your home? America's Boating Club has a Port Captain Program which will provide names and telephone numbers of local America's Boating Club members who know the territory.
7. Receive the America's Boating Club magazine The Ensign and America's Boating Club of Poulsbo's Halyard.
Q. Do I need to own a boat?
A. No. In fact, conversations, crewing and classes can be a wonderful way to clarify what first boat (or the next one) would be right for you. Almost all rendezvous can be enjoyed by car. Crewing for a sail race or hitching a boat ride to a rendezvous can get you on the water, and guests are welcomed by many of our skippers.
Q. Where are you located?
A. America's Boating Club of Poulsbo generally holds classes and meetings in the Poulsbo area, so most of our members either live, work or keep their boat in the Poulsbo area. Rendezvous destinations are around Puget Sound. We are a member of District 16 which serves Washington State; You might check their web site to see if anotherClub is more convenient. Which one you join is purely up to you. You can always take a class or two at another Squadron when that works better for you. Memberships can transfer to another Squadron if you move or you can be associate member in additional Squadrons.
Q. What is America's Boating Club®?
A. Organized in 1914, America's Boating Club 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 educations. We enjoy participating with our fellow members on the water and in the classroom. America's Boating Club has some 50,000 members organized into 450 clubs across the country and in some US territories. Your membership in a local club includes membership in the National organization. America's Boating Club is the world's largest non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions.
Q. Is America's Boating Club a part of or supported by the U.S. Government?
A. No. While we have many joint programs with the United States Coast Guard, the CG Auxiliary, and the National Ocean Services division of NOAA, USPS is a private, totally self-supporting organization.
Q. What are the activities of America's Boating Club?
A. Each clubs activities involve the three primary objectives of USPS: community service, continuing education, and enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of our fellow members. See Membership Benefits to learn more.
Q. What community and civic services does USPS perform?
A. Local clubs 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. America's Boating Club have offered these courses for over half a century and have educated more than 3 million boaters to date. Successful completion of a USPS boating safety course meets the educational requirements for boat operation in all states. Our members also help the NOAA keep our nautical charts accurate by reporting chart corrections, and our local squadrons participate in many other community improvement projects.
Q. What social activities do members enjoy?
A. 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, sail races, navigation contests and even fishing derbies. Activities ashore include meetings with marine programs, parties, dinner-dances, picnics and field trips. Conversations about boating experiences and destinations are a learning process too and can be a valuable resource in decision making on top of the fun.
Q. What educational courses are available to America's Boating Club members?
A. Every club offers many multi-week courses in subjects like Seamanship, Piloting, Plotting and Position finding, Celestial Navigation, Cruise Planning, Engine Maintenance, Marine Electronics, Sailing, and much more. We also offer evening seminars on specific topics like GPS or Radar. Class materials are prepared to professional standards nationally. Courses are taught by experienced member instructors, and members who complete them are recognized. You only pay for the books making these classes a tremendous value.
Q. How do you enroll in an introductory boating course?
Q. How does one become a member of America's Boating Club?
A. Membership is open to those 16 years and over who want to learn new skills and contribute time, energy, and skills to the objectives of USPS. Family members of all ages are welcome too. We encourage new boaters to start with one of the introductory boating courses (no longer a membership requirement), but experienced boaters may now join directly to take any class, or to serve in an activity like coop charting or vessel safety checks.
Q. Are you interested in becoming an Associate member of America's Boating Club of Poulsbo?
A. If you are a member of one of the other America's Boating Clubs or a member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons® we welcome you to become an Associate Member of America's Boating Club of Poulsbo. To Join, or if you have any question, send an email to AgatePassMembership@Gmail.com and our Membership Chair Person will send you an Application form and answer your questions.
Q. What if you're already a member of the Canadian Power Squadrons® or the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary?
A. If you belong to either of these organizations you can become a America's Boating Club member immediately.