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For Boaters, By Boaters®

About Us


America’s Boating Club - Birmingham Squadron is a unit of United States Power Squadrons®, Originating in Birmingham, Michigan and serving the surrounding areas.

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. America’s Boating Club - Birmingham Squadron is one of 20 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 the 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. Our goal is to be the best educated boaters on the water and have lots of fun socializing while we pursue that goal.

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, visit

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

Advanced Boating Courses Social Activities Civic Service Activities
Boat Handling Cruises Educating boaters for safety
Inland Navigation Rendezvous Teaching fellow boaters
Coastal Navigation Family Outings Vessel Safety Inspections
Offshore Navigation
Ocean Navigation
Cruise Planning
Engine Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Membership in USPS Membership Benefits
Boat Operator Certification Special marine Insurance
Greater boating education Affinity credit card program
Family activities Port Captain program
Community involvement