Evansville Bend Sail and Power
Squadron is a Unit of District 24
of the United States Power
Many Districts and Squadrons
have their own web sites. Be
sure to visit the sites and learn
more about the Power Squadron
experience and the USPS
"Boating is fun...We'll show you how"
New boater...or experienced boater...expand
your boating knowledge. Take our Public
Boating Course, America's Boating Course.
Evansville Bend also offers these extended boating education courses to
the public. The instruction is FREE with a $50 charge for the course
manual which can be shared by family members.
Our next Public Boating Course has not been scheduled. Check back periodically
for the next scheduled one.
Many insurance companies offer a discount on your boat insurance with
sucessful passing of the class and exam. Check with your agent to see if
you could quality.
Contact our Squadron Education Officer, SEO Janice Elwood, JN. Email her at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or register/request information by going to our "Public Boating Course"
Click here for more information about the America's Boating Course on the USPS website.
Be sure to take a few minutes and read the Ensign...the latest edition of the USPS magazine. You’ll
find interesting articles about USPS squadrons, various acitivites, helpful information on boating and
other facinating articles. Go to the Ensign: USPS Magazine on-line.
Upcoming Public Seminars:
Seminars are free but there will be a $25 charge for the manual
River, Locks, and Dam Seminar
Emergency Management Agency Building
June: 4, 2013; Tuesday - 6:30pm
The Emergency Management Agency Building is located at 708 Stanley Avenue, Evansville, IN 47711
WHO WE ARE:
Evansville Bend is a non-profit organization of boaters in the Evansville, IN - Tri-State Area. The
main purpose of our organization as a member (squadron) of the United States Power Squadron is
to provide boating educational classes to the general public and our membership. USPS will be
celebrating our 100th Anniversary in 2014.
Many insurance companies offer a discount to their customers for successful completion of this
course. Check with your insurance agent to see if you might qualify for a discount with your
Go here to see what topics are taught in our FREE Boating Course".. America's
Many people take our FREE boating class and then join our squadron; take the
additional educational classes; socialize with members at monthly dinner
meetings and on-water activities. It's about fun...but it is also about "safe boating through
education." We would love to have you "come aboard"!! Be sure to look at our Photo Album to see
the many activities and fun events our squadron conducts each year.
We are a unit of the United States Power Squadrons and reside in Evansville, Indiana a "river city"
on the Ohio River at mile marker 792.5. We are located in the Southwestern tip of Indiana bordering
Kentucky. Click here for map. USPS will be celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2014.
More information is available on USPS’s 100th Anniversrary web page which is updated periodically.
LST 325 (Landing Ship Tank ---- an amphibious vessel designed to land "battle-ready" tanks, troops
and supplies directly onto enemy shores during World War II) is now permanently moored on the
Ohio River here in Evansville. Many LST's were built here in Evansville on the
Ohio River banks. See our "Photo Album" page for pictures of LST 325 and other
PURPOSE OF EVANSVILLE BEND:
There are many reasons to consider in becoming a member of USPS and Evansville Bend Power
Squadron. Foremost, is the EDUCATION aspect for boaters wanting to improve their boating knowledge
and skills through our Public Boating course and members through self-taught courses. Secondly, our
squadron has MONTHLY DINNER MEETINGS with a speaker whose topic is related to boating. Thirdly,
we like to have FUN at meetings "on-water" and "on-land" activities. We welcome ALL BOATERS,
powerboaters and sailors.
FREE CLASSES - Evansville Bend Sail and Power Squadron offers a FREE boating course. America's
Boating Course, each March/April. The classes normally run for 4 to 6 weeks. Additional Public Boating
Courses may be offered this year based upon demand. As mentioned above, we are offering a Safe
Boating Course through the University of Southern Indiana.
This is one of our main purposes as a squadron of the United States Power Squadron - to offer FREE
boating information and courses to improve the boating knowledge and skills of boaters throughout the
MEMBERSHIP - Membership to USPS and Evansville Bend Sail and Power Squadron is by application
and is for anyone who shares our common love of boating, has passed one of our public boating
courses...America's Boating Course. People with many years of boating experience can be considered
for membership without passing the boating course after review with Squadron Officers.
We are also interested in individuals who share the main purpose and objectives of USPS: the education
of members, participation in civic programs, and the creation of an atmosphere of friendship and
camaraderie among members. Active members must be at least 18 years of age; there are no age
considerations for family members.
MEMBER BENEFITS - Members can also take classes and progress through "grade" levels. Each
grade levels indicates that you have completed the more advanced boating classes. These classes are:
Seamanship, Piloting, Advanced Pilot, Junior Navigation, and Navigation. Elective courses offered include
Weather, Marine Electronics, Engine Maintenance, Sail 101 and 102, Cruise Planning and Instructor
Development. Click here for more benefits of membership: Member Benefits
USPS also has a "Port Captains" programs in many cities. As you travel the rivers and lakes, you can
contact a designated "port captain" for information and assistance. Our port captain is P/C Ron Riecken
who owns and operates Inland Marina. The information is available on the USPS website available to
members after logging in to the Port Captain's page.
VESSEL SAFETY CHECK - A very important activity to help promote safe boating is our Vessel Safety
Check program. Qualified Vessel Examiners from Evansville Bend inspect boats to ensure that required
safety equipment is present and in functional condition. The examiners also check for any basic
mechanical problems, make sure registration and documentation are current, and offer information on a
variety of boating safety issues. Here's a boater's checklist all prudent boaters should use before
The VSC is performed free of charge and without any legal obligations or penalties. If a potential problem
or violation is discovered, the Examiner will give the boater options and information for correcting it.
Vessel Safety Checks are performed periodically. The volunteer examiners are committed to making the
waterways safer and will make themselves available to schedule a time and place for the VSC that is
convenient for the boater. Vessel Safety Checks can be performed on any kind of watercraft -- from
kayaks, canoes, personal watercraft, to large cabin cruisers and sailboats.
Boaters that have received the VSC report that the inspection opened their eyes to potential safety
hazards that they would have never thought of on their own. The Vessel Safety Checks enable boaters to
take command of their own boating safety.
A typical Vessel Safety Check takes approximately twenty minutes. At the conclusion of the check, you'll
receive a copy of the Vessel Safety Check form and - if your vessel successfully meets all the
requirements - a VSC decal will be presented on the spot.
To learn where and where the next Vessel Safety Check will take place, or to set-up a time for your
inspection (in season), contact P/C Henry Graper, AP mailto:email@example.com .
WE HAVE FUN - Be sure to look at our Photo Album to see the many activities and fun events our
squadron conducts each year. We want to increase our boating knowledge through education and enjoy
fellowship with each other, too.
Our monthly meetings include a speaker whose topic is normally related to boating or on-water activities.
In addition, we have an annual on-water raft-up/rendezvous, squadron picnic, Fall cook-out, and Holiday
HISTORY - Evansville Bend was organized through the efforts of the Kentucky Lake Squadron and
District 24. Originally, in 1974 the 11 men in the Evansville, Indiana group who joined USPS were enrolled
in the Kentucky Lake Squadron. Today our squadron has grown to over 60 members; a unit of District 24.
We are extremely proud of our squadron because we many members are serving on District 24 various
committees, and three members have served as District Commander and several others are now serving
on various committees.
Learn more about Evansville Bend and the United States Power Squadrons. USPS will be celebrating
their 100th Birthday in 2014. Click here to read about our history and mission.
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Dear fellow boaters.
Please take a few minutes
and check-out our website.
We encourage you to take a
free boating course to
increase your boating
knowledge and skills. Many
people who take this class
join as members and continue
their boating knowledge
through the many courses we
In addition, we have monthly
fellowship dinner meetings
with relevant speakers as
well as many on water
Cdr. Derk Boss, AP