Learn Boating Basics

AMERICA’S BOATING COURSE has taught the ABCs of enjoyable boating to millions. Earn a Massachusetts boating certificate. INFO  

Advanced Boating Skills

BUILD  CONTINUED CONFIDENCE in boat handling and navigation. Coastal and offshore. Paddling, power and sail. One-evening skills seminars and advanced courses. INFO

Meet Boating Friends

GATHER WITH BOATING ENTHUSIASTS for cruises, informal get-togethers, educational activities, dinner talks and events.

America’s Boating Club

THE UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS® is America’s Boating Club®, the world’s largest recreational boating organization. For Boaters, By BoatersSM.

who we are  

Great Blue Hill Sail & Power Squadron is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons®America’s Boating Club®. GBH launched in 1969 as a non-profit, educational organization. We are dedicated to making boating more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation, vessel handling and other boating subjects.

Our motto is “Come for the boating education … Stay for the friends.” We gather on cruises, at Boat Talks and for other special events where we can enjoy fellow boaters and share our love of being on the water.

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Maine Cruise July 21 – August 11

Cruise with GBH to Maine this summer. Bring your own boat, charter or crew for someone else. All USPS skippers and crew are welcome. INFO AND REGISTRATION

Vineyard Rendezvous • August 15 – 17

Join us on Martha’s Vineyard this summer for the Illumination, picnics, boating and more. Come on your boat or via ferry. Just be there! MORE INFO and R.S.V.P.

boat safety 

VESSEL SAFETY CHECKS – Learn how to schedule a courtesy VSC, at no charge, with a qualified USCGA or United States Power Squadrons Vessel Safety Examiner. Also learn how a VSC will improve your understanding of safety equipment and regulations. 


The Kidde company has recalled some 40 million fire extinguishers manufactured since 1973. Recalled models have plastic handles that are difficult to press or may fail to function during a fire emergency. Some have broken apart in use and pose an impact danger. One death has been reported. To learn if your boat (or your home) extinguishers are being recalled and to request free replacement(s), click below.

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Vineyard Rendezvous @ Martha's Vineyard
Aug 15 – Aug 18 all-day

SAVE THE DATE. Join us on Martha’s Vineyard for a summer weekend with the Illumination, boating, picnics and more. Details to be announced