United States Power Squadrons®

Mission Statement
The mission of United States Power Squadrons® is to promote recreational boating skills and boating safety through education, hands-on training and civic activities while providing fellowship for members.

The United States Power Squadrons® is the world’s largest non-profit recreational boating organization with more than 35,000 members. For more than 100 years, we have worked to make the water a safer place through boating education, civic service and fellowship. With the United States Power Squadrons, you can improve your boating skills and knowledge online, in the classroom with certified instructors, or outdoors with hands-on training. By joining America’s premier boating organization, you can have fun with other boaters on the water and on land!

Our members, organized into over 350 squadrons across the country and in some US territories, are boaters and boating families who enjoy participating with fellow members on the water and in the classroom. USPS members have fun together, learn together, and boat together.  USPS has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions.


District 21

The district organization, an intermediate level between the national United States Power Squadrons organization and the local squadrons, is the nucleus for group action of squadrons assigned by the Governing Board to a specific district. It oversees administration of programs to educate and train members and the public; and it provides opportunities for social interaction among members and families of assigned squadrons. The only “members” of a district are the assigned squadrons themselves. Each has voting power in district affairs. The district organization is in close contact with all national departments and committees. It is a channel for communication between national departments and squadrons, insuring uniformity of action by squadrons.

District 21 is one of 31 districts of the United States Power Squadrons. It serves 12 squadrons in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

Dallas Sail & Power Squadron

We're the Dallas chapter ("squadron") of the United States Power Squadrons. DSPS was chartered as the Dallas Power Squadron in 1956, and changed its name to the Dallas Sail and Power Squadron in 1998 to better reflect our even mix of sail and power boaters.

You do not have to own a boat to join! If you're interested in our mission - to promote safe boating and have a good time doing it - we'd love to welcome you aboard.

Although our members hail from all over north Texas, our local activities are concentrated in and around East Dallas and at Pier 121 Marina on Lake Lewisville, just north of Dallas. If you're closer to Fort Worth, our sister squadron the Fort Worth Sail & Power Squadron would love to hear from you.


More Information about the United States Power Squadrons

Become a Better Boater
Whether you want formal education in local classes or online, informal learning with other skilled boaters, social events to enjoy boating activities, or participation in the boating community, you can learn, have fun, and feel more connected with the United States Power Squadrons.  Our local chapters, called squadrons, can help you get more out of boating.

Boating Education
USPS offers a comprehensive range of courses in subjects like Seamanship, Piloting and Navigation, Cruise Planning, Engine Maintenance, Marine Electronics, Sailing, and much more.  These courses are taught by experienced member instructors.  Group instruction enhances the learning process and makes it more enjoyable too. Click here for more.

Boating and Social Activities
Participating both on-the-water and ashore with fellow members who are skilled in boating is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. On-the-water activities include cruises, rendezvous, sail races, navigation contests and fishing derbies. Activities ashore include meetings with marine programs, parties, dinner-dances, picnics and field trips.

Public Service
Local USPS squadrons offer boating safety courses on a regular basis to boaters in our communities. Successfully completing a USPS boating safety course meets the educational requirements for boat operation in all states. These courses are open to the public.  USPS has educated more than 3 million boaters to date.

In a cooperative program with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, squadron members conduct courtesy Vessel Safety Checks of boats at the request of their owners.

Our members also help the National Ocean Service keep our nautical charts accurate by reporting chart corrections, and our local squadrons participate in many other community improvement projects.

More information from the United States Power Squadrons can be found here.