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. Spring session begins April 3. 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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SATURDAY,  Mar 30 • Join us at the MIT Museum for Lighter, Stronger, Faster: The Herreshoff Legacy. It’s a chance to get up close and personal with one of the greatest yacht designers. Details & R.S.V.P.

BOAT HANDLING • Learn Seamanship

MONDAYS,  Apr 1 – May 6 • NEW for 2019 Deepen your boating knowledge and seamanship skills in six essential topics. Fully updated and revised. May be taken as full course or as individual seminars. Details & Registration


Saturday,  May 4 • Join us at Brookmeadow Country Club as GBH celebrates our 50th Anniversary and Change of Watch. SAVE THE DATE, details to follow.

The ABCs • America’s Boating Course

SPRING SESSION STARTS April 3 • New boat? Just dreaming? Or looking for a refresher before the boating season? USPS has taught safe boating to millions. Classes are held at Walpole Public Library. Details & Registration

Register Now for Spring 2019

America’s Boating Course (the ABCs)

Have a new Boat? Spring is the best time to bone up on basic boating skills. America’s Boating Course has taught the essentials of safe and enjoyable boating to millions. Classes begin April 1 in Walpole. For full schedule, more information and 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. January’s issue shares an amazing cruise by members and friends to the fabled Greek island of Corfu.

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


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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America’s Boating Course • Westwood Session 4 @ Westwood Senior Center
Mar 25 @ 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

Commander’s Sojourn • The Herreshoff Legacy @ MIT Museum
Mar 30 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Join us for the GBH Commander’s Sojourn for the exhibit Lighter, Stronger, Faster: The Herreshoff Legacy at the MIT Museum. Lunch to follow nearby.

R.S.V.P. by March 25 to

Boat Handling Course • Seminar 1 • Rules of the Road @ Westwood Senior Center
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Deepen your seamanship skills. Boat Handling may be taken as full course with exam or as individual seminars. Rules of the Road covers collision avoidance and essential safety rules on the water.

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

America’s Boating Course • Walpole Session 1 @ TBA
Apr 3 @ 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

Great Blue Hill • 50th Anniversary • 1969-2019

— Website updated March 20, 2019 —