The Squadron is a unit of District 28. It was founded in July, 1940 with 12 charter members transferring from the Los Angeles Power Squadron. The Squadron´s territory lies in southern Orange County, California, extending to Newport Beach and Costa Mesa in the north and San Clemente in the south. Headquarters are at 1714 West Balboa Boulevard, Newport Beach, California.
United States Power Squadrons (USPS®) is a private, non-profit, non-governmental, and non-military organization of men and women who have a common love and appreciation of boating. The national organization comprises some 50,000 members in approximately 450 Squadrons in most states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other areas.
Organized in 1914, USPS is the world's largest private boating organization and has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions.
Like other squadrons, Balboa offers boating safety courses on a regular basis to boaters in our communities. These courses are open to the public and there is no age limit for participants. USPS squadrons have offered these courses for over half a century and have educated more than 3 million boaters to date.
We also offer many carefully planned courses in subjects like Seamanship, Piloting, Plotting and Position Finding, Celestial Navigation, Cruise Planning, Engine Maintenance, Marine Electronics, Sailing, and much more. These courses are taught by experienced member instructors, and members who complete them are recognized. Call our Squadron Educational Officer, Peter Barbour, at (714) 963-5271, for more information.
Participating both on-the-water and off 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 even fishing derbies.