a unit of the   United States Power Squadrons®


District 27 Squadrons
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District 27 is comprised of twenty Squadrons in North Carolina and is part of the United States Power Squadrons® (USPS). USPS is a non profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. For a complete list of courses please visit www.usps.org/national/eddept.

Our members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education. We enjoy spending time with our fellow boaters on the water and in the classroom. USPS is America's largest non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions. Information about joining us can be found at www.usps.org/newpublic2/join.html. Information about membership benefits can be found at www.usps.org/national/admin_dept/membenefits.htm.

One of the important missions of the District is to provide leadership for activities that cross squadron boundaries. These activities include new officers training, rendezvous, and district meetings. Other activities supported and promoted at the district level include:

  • The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) - This is a free inspection performed at your boat by a certified Vessel Examiner. This check usually takes 30 to 45 minutes, depending upon the size of your boat. Boats that pass the examination are awarded a distinctive VSC Decal that alerts the Coast Guard, Harbor Patrol, and other law-enforcement agencies that your boat was found to be in full compliance with all Federal and State boating laws. Frequently, such agencies will not detain or board boats displaying a current-year decal that are otherwise operating safely. More information can be found here.
  • The USPS and NOAA Cooperative Charting Project - This effort helps keep the government charts accurate.

The District Bridge is made up of volunteers elected from members of the squadrons. They include the District Commander, five Lieutenant Commanders and many committee volunteers all from within the squadrons. As leaders at this level they support, promote, and enhance the functions at the squadron level.

Contact Information

See our Bridge page for contact information.

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Civic Award 2015
USPS Civic Service Award
presented to District 27
February 2016

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