"Come for the Boating Education...
Stay for the Friendship"
New boater...or experienced boater...expand your boating knowledge
with one of our Public Boating Courses. The next class has been
scheduled for Saturday/Sunday, October 22 and 23.
Bethlehem United Church of Christ
6400 Oak Hill Rd
Evansville IN 47725
Cost $50 Book may be shared with other family members.
The time of the class is 9AM to 4:00 on Sat 10/22/16, then
from Noon to 3PM on Sun 10/23/16.
Saturday the boating course material will be presented, Sunday will review homework questions
and a exam is given. Lunch will be provided.
Directions-going north on Oak Hill Road; the church is on
the left just past Heckel Road.
Request more information or register by contacting Education Officer, SEO Janice Elwood, JN at:
Or....call her at : 812- 401-8300
Take our class and join our squadron, if you wish. You can further your boating knowledge by taking
the many USPS classes that are offered by our squadron. You will also enjoy the many friendships
you will develop while attending the classes and regular monthly dinner meetings.
Click here for more information about the America's Boating Course on the USPS website.
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.
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.
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 celebrated 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 insurance
Go here to see what topics are taught in our FREE Boating Course".. America's Boating Course.
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
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.
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. Be sure
and take a tour of the LST 325 on your next vist to Evansville.
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.
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
There are two ways you can join:
1) Join online. You can join as a national member or cyber-member, and transfer to a particular squadron
later if you wish. Fill out an application form and credit card info, and you will be registered to receive our
national magazine and our electronic newsletter, you can save on courses and seminars, and you have all
the privileges of full membership. You can also take courses locally with a squadron. Click here.
2) Contact Evansville Bend: Contact our Membership Chairman,
P/D/C Janice Elwood, JN; Membership Chairman - 812-401-8300; mail to: email@example.com Or
contact another squadron near where you live if you don’t live in our Tri-State Area. Click here.
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 departure.
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
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 Jay Picking, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Party.
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 50 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
Learn more about Evansville Bend and the United States Power Squadrons. USPS celebrated their 100th
Birthday in 2014. Click here to read about our history and mission.
A Unit of the United States Power Squadron -
Sail and Power Boating
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. David Bryant, S
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 history.
Come for the Boating
Education...Stay for the Friends.