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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the organization?

Provide Civic Service to the Boating Community.

Fraternal Boating Club of Sailors and Powerboaters

Self Education

Membership Benefits and Advantages

What are examples of civic service?

We offer either the Boating Course or America's Boating Course to the general public. We offer these courses when enough interest is shown in taking them. This is typically done about two or three times a year.

We conduct Courtesy Vessel Safety exams at local Marinas.

We make the general public aware of our Educational Guides and show how they are available through the USPS

Cooperative Charting provides updates to NOAA charts.


What are examples of the fraternal boating club?

Membership meetings with boating programs

On-the-water boating activities at local rivers and lakes

Social activities both on and off the water

Annual fundraising auction


What is the self education program?

Five Advanced Grades, Seamanship through Navigation

Six Elective Courses

USPS Seminars and self study courses

Squadron Seminars

Practical lessons from other members with varied experiences


What are the membership requirements?

Willingness to support activities of the St. Louis Sail and Power Squadron by volunteering to teach, serve on one of the SLSPS committees, or serve as an officer.

Participate in the educational and public service objectives of the St. Louis Sail and Power Squadron and the USPS.

Boat ownership is not a requirement for membership.

Contact the Membership Chair for questions about membership.


What are the dues?

Dues are collected on an annual basis.


Are there other advantages?

Safer boating through education and local knowledge

Subscription to The Dryrot, the squadron newsletter

Subscription to the Ensign, the USPS magazine

Subscription to the Midwestern Pilot, the District 30 Newsletter

USPS Boat Insurance program

District and National USPS meetings, activities and benefits

Reduction in cost of boat insurance substantiated by certified training

Port Captains program