California Boater Card

Begging on January 1 2018, anyone under the age of 21 will be 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 - ABC - in the near future so please check this site from time to time. You can get more information by going to: 

October GMM 

Our next GMM will be on Thursday, October 19th at the Newport Tennis Club. We will post more information as the date gets closer 


One of the most frightening things that can happen on a boat is fire. In a recent issue in Boat US magazine, there is a story about a couple sailing across the Sea of Cortez who experienced a fire which left them in the water with second and third degree burns hanging onto a fender and watching their boat go up in flames. Fortunately, they were rescued by a passing fishing boat. It serves as a reminder how important it is to prepare for such an emergency.

According to studies done by Boat US, you have perhaps four minutes to put out the fire or get into the water. In that time, you need to locate  and put on your life jackets, make a Mayday call, grab a ditch bag or whatever supplies you will need; e.g. radio, water, supplies, flares, etc., and get into your life boat. That is not much time so being prepared and having a plan is essential. 

I have done hundreds of vessel safety exams and I can't tell you how often people don't have the required number of fire extinguishers, or have ones that may not work. In some cases, they didn't even know where they were!

So please, make sure your extinguishers are in good working order, have them mounted so you can locate them quickly, and have a few extra just in case. 

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.

Eric Gritzmacher


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Take a Class

Do you want to improve your boating skills?  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced boater, you've come to the right place.

End of Summer BBQ and GMM

Our annual end of summer BBQ - along with our September GMM - will take place at the Newport Dunes on Saturday September 23rd at 2:00pm. We will be setup next to the marina clubhouse. (For those of you who haven't been there, the Dunes is located at 1299 N. Bayside drive which is just east of Coast Highway). As is our usual practice, the Squadron provides the burgers, hot dogs, soft drinks so all you have to do is bring side dishes, whatever you want to drink and grill and something to sit on. Feel free to bring family, friends, acquaintances, pets, kids. Let's enjoy the end of the summer together. Any questions, call me at 949.632.2378

USPS seminars 

If you are not aware, you can take an online seminar on a variety of subjects at the USPS website. Just go to There you will find courses on All About Marine Radio, or How to Use a GPS among others. Members get a 20% discount. It is a great way to improve your knowledge without having to leave the house. Besides, it is a good way to support our organization.

Upcoming Events



     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.

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

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