The Birmingham Power Squadron is a unit of United States Power Squadrons, serving Birmingham Michigan and environs.

USPS is the largest nonprofit organization in the world devoted to boating safety and education, and is composed of people interested in learning and sharing knowledge about boats, both sail and power.  USPS is not a government organization, but close ties are maintained with the Coast Guard and state boating agencies in our pursuit of better, safer boating.  Birmingham Power Squadron is one of t21 squadrons in USPS District 9, which covers Michigan and northern Indiana.

Our membership is composed of power boaters and sailors.  About two-thirds of our members own boats which are home-ported everywhere from South East and other portions of Michigan to other parts of the country, however, boat ownership is not required for membership.

We provide basic and advanced boating education to the general public.  Another public service activity is our Vessel Safety Check, in which trained examiners will, at the request of the boat owner, check a boat for required equipment and award a Coast Guard-recognized Vessel Safety Check compliance decal to boats that pass the inspection.  Birmingham and other squadrons provide chart update information to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of the Cooperative Charting Program

We have events and meetings, both on and off the water, that give members a chance to relate to and participate in our favorite pastime, boating.

All our members are unpaid volunteers, who gain and share knowledge through our courses and activities. To learn more about the benefits of USPS membership, click here.

The United States Power Squadrons ensign flown from our boats signifies our dedication to safe boating practices.

Advanced Boating Courses:
  • Boat Handling
  • Inland Navigation
  • Coastal Navigation
  • Off-shore Navigation
  • Ocean Navigation
  • Weather
  • Sail
  • Cruise Planning
  • Engine Maintenance
  • Marine Electronics
Social Activities:
  • Cruises
  • Rendezvous
  • Family Outings
Civic Service Activities:
  • Educating Boaters for Safety
  • Teaching Fellow Boaters
  • Vessel Safety Inspections
Membership to USPS means:
  • Boat Operator Certification
  • Greater Boating Education
  • Family Activities
  • Community Involvement
  • Membership Benefits:
  • Special Marine Insurance
  • Affinity Credit Card Program
  • Port Captain Program



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