United States Power Squadron®, formed in 1914, is the largest fraternal boating organization in the United States. We have over 450 squadrons totaling more than 40,000 members across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. We are a non-political, non-governmental organization, though we do work closely with the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxillary, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NOS and the Department of Natural Resources of most States.

The San Diego Sail and Power Squadron (America’s Boating Club of San Diego) is a unit of District 28 which is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons®

Upcoming Events

Vessel Safety Check Marathon and BBQ May 25th at Southwestern Yacht Club

Contact vsc@sdsps.org for more information

JUNE 6th through the 9th

Come and support the America’s Boating Club – San Diego at the San Diego Boat Show this June 6-9th.  As a Volunteer at our booth you will be our representative to the boating public.  There are 2 hr and 3 hr options and after that enjoy the show free!  Must be a member to participate! 

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Raft up and BBQ – June 14th – 16th

in La Playa Cove.  

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Current and Upcoming Course Calendar

TWITTER (National)

Formerly Known as Piloting

What’s included?

      • Charts and their interpretation
      • Landmarks and navigation aids (beuys, daymarks, lights, etc)
      • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance
      • The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic
      • Use of GPS – basic GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS course
      • Pre-planning courses and entering them into the GPS
      • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning
      • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course
Class will be given at Southwestern Yacht Club
2702 QUALTROUGH ST, SAN DIEGO, CA 92106

What’s included?

      • Types of sailboat rigs and hull shapes, including sail configurations and standing rigging
      • Wind and water forces affecting sailboat stability and balance
      • Sail shape and tuning the standing rig
      • Steering and helmsmanship
      • Sailing upwind, downwind and spinnaker handling

What’s included?

      • Basics of engine layout and operation for the gasoline inboards, outboards and diesels
      • Basic mechanical systems such as drive systems (propellors), steering systems, and engine controls
      • Repairs that do-it-yourselfers can perform
      • Diagnose problems that might be beyond your ability to fix
      • How to share information with your mechanic so the right repairs get performed.
Class will be given at Southwestern Yacht Club
2702 QUALTROUGH ST, SAN DIEGO, CA 92106

Are you a crew member or passenger who has no idea what’s going on during a boat trip?  Learn the essential skills you will need to help the skipper safely operate a recreational boat, including how to respond in an emergency. You’ll become an asset on board with Partner in Command.

The Partner in Command seminar includes an introduction to boating, understanding anchoring, docking, and navigation, preparing for bad weather, first aid and on-board emergencies, and more.

Partner in Command may be taken in a squadron-run session or as a fully interactive online learning experience. Either way, this comprehensive seminar can be completed in 2-4 hours and comes with a full color Student Guide for the seminar.

What’s included?

      • Communications, including VHF marine radio
      • Calling for help
      • Signaling equipment
      • First aid
      • Starting and running the engine
      • Tool kits
Class will be given at Southwestern Yacht Club
2702 QUALTROUGH ST, SAN DIEGO, CA 92106

All thumbs when it comes to securing your boat and gear?  In this hands-on program, you’ll learn to tie the most useful knots using the included step-by-step USPS Guide Knots, Bends and Hitches.  Take the materials home to practice the many other knots described in the guide. The McGraw-Hill book Knots, Bends and Hitches for Mariners is also available.

What’s included?

      • Practical skills
      • Rope selection
      • Marlinespike seamanship
      • Rope versus line
      • Size
      • Parts of a line
      • Classes of knots
      • Line construction
      • Strength
      • Applications
      • Common knots for mariners
      • Care and handling
Class will be given at Southwestern Yacht Club
2702 QUALTROUGH ST, SAN DIEGO, CA 92106

Formerly Advanced Piloting

What’s included?

      • Advanced positioning techniques, such as advancing a line of position to obtain a running fix
      • Use of a variety of electronic tools: radar, depth sounders, autopilots, chart plotters, laptop computer software, and more
      • Hazard avoidance techniques using electronics (e.g. avoidance waypoints or safety zones in GPS)
      • Collision avoidance using radar, GPS, and AIS
      • Working with tide and current data to determine clearances, depth of water, and effects of current
      • Piloting in various wind and current conditions
      • The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course
CLASS WILL BE GIVEN AT SOUTHWESTERN YACHT CLUB
2702 QUALTROUGH ST, SAN DIEGO, CA 92106
San Diego Sail and Power Squadron