DuPage Sail & Power Squadron is a non-profit all volunteer organization of over 100 power and sail boaters who enjoy going out for a day of fun on the water. We would like to see everyone having fun while boating, but too often we see boaters having problems that range from minor inconveniences to imminent peril. Most problems on the water can be be prevented or made manageable if the boat operator has had some basic boating instruction. The DuPage Sail & Power Squadron offers this training through the USPS® boating classes that we teach to the general public.
Where we are
Chartered in DuPage County, Illinois, DuPage Sail & Power Squadron draws its members from many of the western suburbs of Chicago. DuPage Power Squadron is one of over 450 regional squadrons of the United States Power Squadrons, America's largest family boating organization. DuPage Sail & Power Squadron is one of nineteen squadrons in USPS District 20, which covers southeast Wisconsin, northwest Indiana, and northeast Illinois from Chicago west to Iowa City, Iowa and south to Springfield (see map). USPS is a non-profit, educational organization with approximately 50,000 members across the country, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
What we do
We enjoy a number of social activities both on and off the water throughout the year. On the water activities include cruises, get-togethers (raft-ups), predicted log contests, navigation contests and even fishing derbies. Activities ashore include meetings with marine programs, parties, dinner-dances, picnics and field trips.
In addition to the boating safety classes we teach to the general public, Dupage Sail & Power Squadron offers its members a number of classes in all aspects of boating. This includes seamanship, engine maintenance, marine electronics, sailing, cruise planning, weather and more. These classes are taught by fellow members who are experienced in these boating skills.
Dupage Sail & Power Squadron is also active in public service, participating in the Cooperative Charting program of the National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Cooperative Charting Program is recognized as one of the most effective user-participation programs in all of the Federal services, having saved the Government tens of millions of dollars since its inception in 1963.
Boater Safety - Vessel Safety Checks (VSC)
USPS and DuPage Sail & Power Squadron have also become partners with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxilliary to perform Vessel Safety Checks (VSCs). The VSC is a free check of your boat's Federally required safety equipment.
Boats that pass the VSC are issued a decal (good for the calendar year) that shows that your boat has "passed muster". Don't worry - if you don't pass the VSC, we don't issue any tickets.
How to join in on the fun
OK - that's what we do and what we have to offer. If you are interested in joining us, there is more information available on our membership page.
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