To Join

How to become a member

 If you are at least 18 years of age with a passion for boating, and a desire to learn how to do it safely, you can become a member of the United States Power Squadrons.


After filling out an application form and submitting credit card info to pay your annual dues, you will be assigned a certificate number and registered to receive our national magazine - The Ensign and our electronic newsletter – COMPASS. The certificate number will allow you to take member courses and provide access to member only areas on our web site. Within 7-10 working days you will receive a new member’s kit and your membership card. You will also receive a complimentary copy of America’s Boating Course, a complete home study program covering the basics of recreational boating. The first year's membership for an individual is $97.00 and $133.00 for the entire family.

Squadron's are the backbone of the organization. They teach courses, perform civic services such as vessel examinations and cooperative charting, as well as conducting boating and social activities. To get the most from your membership, it is very important that you become a member of a squadron. Nearby squadrons will be notified of your joining and encouraged to contact you. You will also be provided with the contact information of squadrons near you.