Great Blue Hill • 50th Anniversary • 1969-2019

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. Welcome to our next Boat Talk.

America’s Boating Club

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

who we are  

Great Blue Hill Sail & Power Squadron is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons®America’s Boating Club®. Celebrating our 50th ANNIVERSARY in 2019, 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 share our love of being on the water with fellow boaters.

Our members live primarily in Boston and the south and southwestern suburbs. However, our boats are harbored all across eastern New England: Boston harbor, Buzzards Bay, Narragansett Bay, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Maine.

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MONDAYS  APR 8–MAY 6 • Deepen your boat handling and seamanship skills: Docking Apr 8 • Winds and Waves Apr 15 • Anchoring Apr 22 • Emergencies Apr 29 • Knots and Lines May 6. Details & Registration


SATURDAY,  MAY 4 • Join us at Brookmeadow Country Club as GBH celebrates our 50th Anniversary and Change of Watch. Guest Speaker Michael J. Tougias, Rescue of the BountyDetails & Registration


THURSDAY, MAY 9 •  Join us for our annual salute to volunteerism for Great Blue Hill. Here’s to Friends! Details & Registration

boat safety 

VESSEL SAFETY CHECK – 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. 

NEW! View from the Blue

Keep up with Great Blue Hill happenings. The current issue of our newsletter, View from the Blue, is now online. Feature articles, event flyers, the Commander’s message and more. March’s issue gives details on Vessel Safety Check of your boat..

Resources for boaters

Check out these new websites from the United States Power Squadrons®America’s Boating Club®. They are full of tips and ideas to make your boating safer and more enjoyable.

AMERICA’S BOATING CHANNEL is loaded with safe boating videos and boater education digital media created especially For Boaters, By BoatersTM . You’ll find how-to videos on basic skills, boating safety, life jackets, navigation rules, jet ski operation and more. Created with a grant from the US Coast Guard. America’s Boating Channel


 BOAT LIVE 365 BOATING IS SERIOUS FUN  Boat Live 365 empowers recreational boating groups to create a safe boating culture 365 days a year. At the Resource Library you can download materials and ideas to help spread the message. And the Come Aboard Webinar shares best practices that have worked for others. Boat Live 365


SAILANGLE is the ultimate boating community. Use this social media website to connect with boaters across America. Log in with your USPS member ID to access blogs, discussions and forums that help you use, maintain and enjoy your boat. SailAngle


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America’s Boating Course • Walpole Session 4 @ Walpole Public Library
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The United States Power Squadrons® have taught basic boating courses to well over one million students! America’s Boating Course meets the Massachusetts requirements for a Boating Safety Certificate.

Instructor: Joe Kelliher, AP

Boat Handling Course • Seminar 5 • Emergencies on Board @ Westwood Senior Center
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Deepen your seamanship skills. Boat Handling may be taken as full course with exam or as individual seminars. Emergencies on Board covers procedures for medical, man overboard, sinking and other possible emergencies away from land.

Instructors: Dave Albanese, S, Jeff Gardiner, AP, Joe Kelliher, AP, and Gordon Talley, JN.

May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm

GBH turns 50! This special event combines our 50th Anniversary Celebration and the Change of Watch (COW) for officers. Event details and costs TBA.

Boat Handling Course • Seminar 6 • Knots and Line Handling @ Westwood Senior Center
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Deepen your seamanship skills. Boat Handling may be taken as full course with exam or as individual seminars. Knots and Line Handling covers essential boating knots for docking, anchoring and securing your boat.

Instructors: Dave Albanese, S, Jeff Gardiner, AP, Joe Kelliher, AP, and Gordon Talley, JN.

Great Blue Hill • 50th Anniversary • 1969-2019

— Website updated April 22, 2019 —