Membership Q&A


Is the Houston Sail and Power Squadron a membership organization?

Yes, the Houston Sail and Power Squadron is a membership organization.  We are one of over 450 squadrons across the country that are part of USPS, a  non-profit educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable through education.  Our members are boating families from all walks of life who enjoy many different types of boating.  We contribute to our local community through promotion of safe boating, public education, and public service.

What are the benefits of membership?

  • Access to the broadest curriculum on boating education in existence.  This includes Advance Grade courses, Elective courses, USPS University Seminars, and Boat Operator Certification
  • Learn from the collective knowledge from members who have significant experience with power and sail
  • Benefit from firsthand experiences with local waters, including lakes, bays, and offshore
  • Monthly dinner meetings with guest speakers
  • Regular on-the-water events
  • Local and national member newsletters
  • Discounts for insurance, books, equipment, hardware, software, and much, much more.  For more details see this list. You can also look at our HSPS NewMemberBenefits.

Are there different types of membership?

Our membership is organized around the family unit.  The first family member joins as a full member.  The rest of the family can join for a single additional fee.  There are also discounts for Sea Scout members.

What does it cost to be a member?

Category Annual Dues
Member $102
Member and Family $152.50
Sea Scout $12


How do I become a member?

All you need to do is fill out an application and send it in with a check.  Contact the HSPS Membership Chair at 713-303-8049 or send an email to for more information.

Can I take classes without becoming a member?

Our Public Boating Courses and our USPS University Seminars have always been available to members and the public.  Until recently, USPS National Bylaws did not allow teaching Advance Grade or Elective courses to the public.  This has now changed.  Advance Grade or Elective courses are now available to the public. Contact Robert Campbell 713-594-1876, for details.

How do I sign up for classes?

See the Public Classes and Boating Courses pages for further information. Or Contact Robert Campbell 713-594-1876, .