United States Power Squadrons ®

Waukegan Sail and Power Squadron


The United States Power Squadrons® have been offering boating courses to the public for over 80 years, and have instructed more than 3 million boaters.

Our Boating Course is designed to be useful to all boaters, from the hunter or fisherman in an outboard boat to those piloting larger boats. Thie course covers boat handling and seamanship, required equipment, rules of the road, engine troubleshooting, basic first aid, lines & knots, and boat trailering.

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The following public seminars and advanced level classes are planned for the upcoming season:


Marine Communication Systems

Congratulations to those members that passed Marine Communication Systems:

Lisa M. Brock
Karl Cazzini
Randel W. Conner
Amy D. Gallagher
Cynthia N. Johnson
Arthur R. Noel
Tim Olson
John E. Plemons (Michigan City)
Clinton A. Rahn
Robert E. Sloat


America's Boating Course

 Introduction to Boating, Including Boating Law,
Safety Equipment, Safe Boating, and More

Effective January 01, 2016, individuals born on or after January 01, 1998 must have completed a boating safety education course in order to operate a motorboat over 10 hp on the waters of the State of Illinois.

The Waukegan Sail & Power Squadron is planning on presenting the “America’s Boating Course” a 9 session course convening on Thursday, February 1 from 7:00 to 9:15 pm.

Individuals may contact Tenney Ford at 262 222-3078 for additional details.

A brief description of the course is provided below:

Presented as a PUBLIC SERVICE by the Waukegan Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, the first five sessions will include boat terminology, required equipment and regulations, boat handling, navigation rules, aids to navigation, emergency conditions, marine communications, water sport safety, trailering, PWC operation, and knot tying followed by a review and examination conducted the sixth session. This module is specifically designed for those who desire to boat on inland lakes and waterways.   An optional 3 weeks will introduce the student to basic charting and plotting techniques.

Individuals will have met the requirements of the recently enacted State of Illinois Boating Safety Education Legislation by satisfactorily completing this course including the examination.

A textbook fee of $30.00 will be collected at the first session of the class. 




prerequisite: None


Learn about basic sailboat designs and nomenclature, rigging, and safety from experienced USPS sailors. Then tackle the physical aspects of sailing forces and techniques, sail applications, marlinespike, helmsmanship, and handling of difficult sailing conditions.   This course will benefit non-sailors as well as novice and experienced sailors.

Cruising and Cruise Planning (Tentative)

prerequisite: None


Want to take a "road trip" on the water? Gain the confidence and practical skills needed to explore ports and coves for a weekend or weeks at a time. Take Cruising and Cruise Planning and join your fellow boaters for raft-ups and rendezvous up the river, down the bay, and along the coast.


prerequisite: None


For boaters, knowing the forecast isn't enough; you need to understand its impact on you and your boat. Gain the knowledge and confidence to venture out on the water. Be a responsible skipper, protect your friends and family and take this course today.


prerequisite: None


Build boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures.  Seamanship provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in boat handling and maneuvering, boat operation, skipper's responsibilities, and boating techniques that will advance your boating enjoyment.


prerequisite: None

March 22, 2018

Junior Piloting

March 6, 2018

Learn the essentials of safe coastal and inland navigation using basic GPS in conjunction with charts and other marine data.  ThePilotingcourse teaches you how to use the GPS along with traditional dead reckoning techniques for planning and laying out safe routes, as well as ensuring that you are on-course while underway.