What are the benefits of being a member of USPS and the Catawba Sail and Power Squadron?
If you like what you see on the pages of this website, you too can be a member of the Catawba Sail and Power Squadron. In addition to meeting and socializing with fellow boating enthusiasts you will have access to a vast array of member benefits that are provided by both the squadron and the national USPS headquarters. Your member number (known as your “Certificate Number” is your passport to a full line of boating and personal perks that include access to the USPS boat insurance program that can reduce your premiums by up to 38%, and discounts on everything from computer navigation software to hotel and rental cars, purchases at Hamilton Marine and other boating suppliers, Office Depot and auto, home and long term care insurance. Add the outstanding local and on-line boating education program and the informative presentations given at the monthly general membership meetings and you have an award winning package of benefits. This does not even mention the fun you will have boating at our on-the-water activities.
What are the qualifications for USPS membership?
We’re a boating club so the main qualification is that you are interested in boating. It can be any kind of boating, power, sail, or human powered. It can be on any size boat and you don’t even have to own a boat yourself. Many of our members do not own a boat but they have fun boating with other members. We are a non-profit, volunteer organization focusing on boating education and civic service so we ask our members to be willing to contribute time, energy and skills to help the squadron meet the objectives of the United States Power Squadrons. Although USPS has no educational requirement for membership we do encourage all boaters to have competed a NASBLA* "approved” boating course. We believe in this so strongly that if you take our America’s Boating Course we will give you your first eighteen months of membership in the squadron for the price of twelve. Go to our ABC Course page to find out more about this super course.
Are there different classes of membership?
USPS has just two classes of active membership. Active members are over the age of 18. Additional family members may become active members at a reduced rate and my join at 16 years of age.
Apprentice members are over the age of 12 and less than 23 years of age.
In addition to active members the squadron has associate and honorary members that do not pay dues or have access to the benefits offered by USPS.
How much does it cost to be a member?
Dues for active members include National, District and Squadron components and are currently $84.00 per year. The first additional member in the same household pays only an additional $45.00 per year while each additional member beyond the first pays only $8.00. A $20.00 new member processing fee is charged along with the first year's dues. Apprentice members pay just $12 per year and have the option to convert their membership to active status anytime between their 18th and 23rd birthday. Those who take the USPS America's Boating Course are eligible to join the squadron and receive 18 months of membership for the price of 12 months for the first year.
So how do you join?
Joining the USPS and the Catawba Sail and Power Squadron is as easy as 1-2-3.
One, download the membership application by Clicking Here and fill it out.
Two, attend one of our regular meetings or special events (Click Here to see our calendar of upcoming meetings and events) and give your application to any of our members.
Three, pay your dues (see above) and start enjoying all the benefits and fun of USPS membership. It’s really that simple.
* NASBLA = National Association of State Boating Law Administrators
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