"Come for the Boating Education...
Stay for the Friends"
New boater...or experienced boater...expand your boating knowledge
with one of our Public Boating Courses.
None is scheduled right now, but check back periodically for our next
Request more information by contacting Education Officer, SEO
Janice Elwood, JN at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or....call her at : 812- 401-8300
Take our class and join our club, if you wish. You can further your boating knowledge by taking
the many classes that are offered by our boating club. 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 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
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 organization; take additional
educational classes; socialize with members at monthly dinner meetings and on-the-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 club 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.
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.
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 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.
This is one of our main purposes as part of the United States Power Squadron - to offer FREE
boating information and courses to improve the boating knowledge and skills of boaters
throughout the United States.
MEMBERSHIP - Membership to USPS and Evansville Bend Sail and Power 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 family members.
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
club 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
in our club. 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 club 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:
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 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 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, picnic, Fall cook-out, and
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 organization because 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 District 24 committees.
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 offer.
In addition, we have monthly
fellowship dinner meetings with
relevant speakers as well as
on the water activities.
Cdr. Tim Deisher, S
Evansville Bend Sail and Power is
a Unit of District 24 of the United
States Power Squadrons. ®.
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.