Although USPS currently has no education requirement for membership, certain squadrons may require the passing of a NASBLA “approved” boating course as a requirement for membership. USPS or NASBLA approved courses include: USCG Captain’s License, a degree from the US Naval Academy, USCG Academy or US Merchant Marine Academy or any boating course carrying NASBLA certification. Currently, Sarasota Power and Sail Squadron does not have an education requirement for becoming a member.
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 the USPS national magazine – The Ensign and their electronic newsletter – COMPASS. The certificate number will allow you to take member courses and provide access to member only areas on the National web site. Within 7-10 working days you will receive a new member’s kit and your membership card.
Squadrons like SPSS 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.