America's Boating Club Captree Celebrated its first ever virtual BOATING SAFETY CLASS on Thursday January 14, 2021. We had members and non-members attend via Zoom from throughout Long Island and upstate NY. Books were distributed via mail and electronically.

One of Our Own Honored! Charlie Virga Receives 2 District 3 Awards!

On October 26th at the District 3 Educational conference At the Marriott Hotel in Melville, NY, Our very own Charlie Virga was honored with 2 awards.

The first award he received was the MIRA. It is given to the squadron that has a program to increase Membership and Retention.  Each year a full report is submitted to National about our activities through the year and our results.  Last year we won a trophy as the best in the USA.  “It was quite a honor for me since I been doing this job for years.” Says Virga.


The next award he received was the "Dominick Segrete Memorial Award.  This award is for a member of D/3 who has gone above and beyond for his/her own or other squadrons in D/3. This was given to Charlie for being the Chairperson for this conference for the past 30 years and the outstanding work he has done in that job.


Needless to say that we at America’s Boating Club Captree are very proud to have Charlie in our club. And is an inspiration to all our members especially us new members! We are very proud of him and are honored to call him a friend and shipmate.


Michael Richter, Jack Stange and Cmdr. Carol Johnson hosted Captree’s first Boating Safety Table of 2019 at West Marine in West Islip on this rainy Saturday morning in April.

It was a pleasure meeting many experienced and some new boaters.  We offered everyone who came by a free vessel check and information on what equipment is required by the Coast Guard to be on their boat to pass inspection.  We discussed the benefits of being a member of the USPS and everyone who passed left with a Captree brochure in hand. Thanks to Dan and Heather, management of West Marine, for being so accommodating.  We look forward to working with them on future activities.


For Boaters, By Boaters! 

Classes we offer: Basic Boating, Seamanship, Piloting, Advanced Piloting, Cruise Planning, Engine Maintenance, Electrical
Systems, Communication,

Weather and Sail. 

Our Safe Boating Courses meet all the requirements of New York State.

All of our Basic Boating and Advanced courses are taught by Experienced Certified Instructors.


Develop Friendships

Forging lasting friendships while learning and sharing boating information and having fun.


Boating raft ups and various other social events throughout the year.


USPS® was born in 1914
as a subdivison of the Boston Yacht Club with the ojective of instructing sailing yachtsmen in the handling and navigation of the small powered vessels that were becoming popular. In addition to its educational activities it also become a social organization, with monthly meetings that featured guest speakers on various nautical subjects. It became a nationwide confederation of "Power Squadrons" with no yacht club affliliations. This rapid development of the USPS is directly attributable to the many thousands of hours and nautical miles of practical experience from thousands of yachtsmen and seafarers. 

It is true that most of us do not engage in extensive ocean cruising, but lake, bay, river and offshore coastal crusing are also critically demanding in the arts of seamanship and navigation. For those whose interest lies in ocean crusing or racing, you will always find in your travels skippers and navigators who areUSPS members and/or USPStrained.

Of all the 55,000 USPS members throughout the world, not one USPS instructor has ever received any monetary compensation for his/her voluntary services in the teaching the art of safe and practical seamenship. In 2017 the United States Power Squadron became America's Boating Club.

America's Boating Club Captree is one of eighteen squadrons that comprise Long Island's District 3 (D3). The squadron was founded in March, 1951. We are an active and sociable group of boating people dedicated to promoting the principles of safe boating and fellowship on the water. We are actively engaged in various public services to improve the quality of the boating experience for our members and the boating public. 

You can find us on Long Island's beautiful south shore, centrally located between Babylon and Amityville. Our home waters encompass The Great South Bay. Look for our colorful Burgee and give us a hail.





Learn from our experienced instructors

Advanced grades, elective and learning guide materials are continully updated to prepare our members for the 21st century. Self-study courses are available on a variety of subjects

Network of Activitites for You and Your Family

On-the-water activities ... Cruises ... Rendezvous. Other boaters with whom to cruise. Squadron social events ... Parties ... Picnics... Dinner dances ... Speakers of interest. Youth Programs involve your children in boating

Giving Back to Your Community

Participation in various community projects, boat shows, National Safe Boating Week.
Service to NOAA by providing revisions to existing charts through our Cooperative Charting program

America's Boating Club Publications

Timely and informative boating and USPS information via THE ENSIGN magazine and district and squadron publications such as the THE CAPTREE LOG

FREE Vessel Safety Checks

Be safe, know your vessel has all the equipment required by New York State
and Federal Regulations. The results are for your information only and will not be reported to any agency.

Marine Insurance

Most comprehensive boat insurance. Low rates with additional discounts for educational achievements.
Special claims consideration. Personal attention. Call USPS Boat Insurance Program - 1-800-763-8777

First USA Visa Card

Competitive interest rates, no annual fee. Cash-back incentives to benefit your squadron. 

Call 1-800-FIRST-USA

Port Captains Program

Extensive listing of USPS members to assist you in unfamiliar waters and cities

Federal Tax Exempt Status

501(c)(3) status allows personal tax deductions for selected USPS expenses for squadron, district and

national participation

Travel Discounts to National Meetings

Airline discounts available through Delta and American Airlines. Auto rental discounts and upgrades

available through Hertz and Alamo

America's Boating Club National Customer Service Center

Call 1-888-FOR-USPS (367-8777) for all your USPS needs. Knowledgeable, courteous staff to answer your questions and process your requests



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Tel: 631-533-2160 or fill out the following form

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Babylon, NY  11702

Tel: 631-533-2160


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You are Welcome to contact us or attend one of our General Meetings to learn more about Captree Power Squadron. Click here to see the Schedule and Location of all our events. All Guests are welcome to meet us at our General Meetings

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