​​​California Boater Card

Begging on January 1 2018, anyone under the age of 21 is required to have certificate from the State to operate a vessel. The age limit will increase by five years every year so in 2019, it will be required for anyone 25 or younger and so on. In order to become qualified, you will have to pass an approved .boating safety course. The US Power Squadron is one of the approved organizations. The BSPS will be putting on a basic boating safety class in the near future so please check this site from time to time. You can get more information by going to: www.californiaboatercard.com 

Benefits of USPS membership

Many of you may not be aware of all of the benefits you can take advantage of as a member. Here are a few that you may want to keep in mind. Travel: A number of hotels provide discounts of 10 - 20% including Wyndham, Red Roof Inn, Motel 6. In addition, you can save on car rentals from both Avis and Hertz. Insurance: Both Boat US and Sea Tow will give you discounts on membership. Marine benefits: Many providers of charting products; e.g. Weems & Plath C-Map, Rose Point, and Fugawi offer discounts on charts and chart  plotting materials.

Goods and services: Office Max can save you a lot of money - up to 50%. You can find these and more at www.usps.org website

Become a Member

 Balboa Sail & Power Squadron in Newport Beach is a unit of the United States Power Squadron.  Become a better boater through education and fellowship.  Join us.


We have made a few changes to our calendar for this year so please go to Events at the top of the page. You don't want to miss out on anything.

Balboa Sail & Power Squadron

Spring 2019 District Conference

 Next year's spring conference will be a little different. Instead of having meetings in hotel conference rooms, we will be taking a round trip cruise from Long Beach to Ensenada March 1 - 4 2019.  Think of it as a conference and vacation all rolled into one event. Bring your family.  

The cost is very reasonable and it is a wonderful way to spend time with Squadron members, new and old. For more information, lease contact Jill Powell at sanluisrey@earthlink or call her at 760.716.1675. Spots are limited so I suggest you contact her sooner rather than later. It should be a fun event for all. 

United States Power Squadrons®

GMM May 17th - Golden Dragon

Our next GMM will be Thursday May 17th at the Golden Dragon. Cost will be $20 including tip, taxes. Please let Sam Kwok know if you plan on coming: 714.307.5390 or sammyk333@gmail.com. The Golden Dragon is located at 2023 Harbor Dr. in Costa Mesa between 19th and Victoria. Food is always great - and a lot of it! - some please plan on attending

Newport Beach Pier

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     Vessel Safety Check

 We have certified vessel examiners who will perform a FREE Vessel Safety Check (VSC).  Our goal is to make boating as fun and safe as possible.

Come for the Boating Education... Stay for the Friends

Wear your life jacket day - Saturday May 19th 1:00pm

Come and join us to set another world record for the National Ready, Set, Wear it day. Safety conscientious boaters from around the Country will be wearing their life jackets to remind boaters of the importance of this life-saving device. Last year over 45,000 people participated. Meet at the Newport Dunes 1:00pm, C dock which is the same place we hold our BBQ events. Bring your life jacket; if you don't have one no worries, we have plenty. We will be taking a photo of the event to let everyone know the BSPS promotes safe boating. Bring friends, neighbors, whomever. Here is a photo of the last time we did it back in 2013. Recognize anyone?

VHF radio seminar - May 24th

We will be holding our first seminar of the year at the Sea Scout base in Newport  Beach. Learn how operate a marine radio, make and emergency call, and learn about DSC - the little red button.  A VHF marine radio is one of the most important safety items you can have on a boat so this is a great opportunity to find out why and how effectively use one. The class is open to both Squadron members and non-members. 

Cost is $35 including all the materials. It begins at 7:00pm and will be done by 9:00pm. The Sea Scout base is located at 1931 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. Please contact Eric Gritzmacher at ericgritzmacher@cox.net or 949.632.2378 to reserve your spot. 

  • Classes, Seminars
  • FREE Vessel Safety Ck
  • On-the-water training
  • Fun boating events
  • Fellowship