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A Unit of United States Power Squadrons District 30

Civic Engagement

The Boulder Valley Squadron is committed to Civic Engagement; "Individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public (boating) concern". Here are some of our programs for boaters that promote a safer and more enjoyable boating experience.

Boating Safety and Education


An educated boater is a safer boater. Safety is the primary emphasis of the Public Boating Courses offered by the Squadron. America's Boating Course is held each year in addition to other boating classes. Safety topics are covered in many membership meetings and the The Beacon newsletter features a safety article in each edition.

Are you a safe boater? Test yourself with the online Safe Boating Test

Vessel Safety Check

The Boulder Valley Squadron provides a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) service which is the United States Power Squadrons' VSC program in cooperation with local US Coast Guard Auxiliary flotillas. We offer free VSC exams to any boater within commuting range of one of our certified Vessel Examiners. VSCs are available to the public as a part of the United States Power Squadrons' support of safe boating.


The Exam: The exam checks your boat for required US Coast Guard safety equipment. You receive a detailed checklist with suggestions for compliance, and, if all is in order, you will receive a VSC Decal that you may affix to your boat to designate a successful examination. There is no fee for this service and no consequences if you don't pass. Our goal is simply to help make boating as safe as possible for you, your family and your friends, through education. The program has a strong interest in providing VSCs for paddle craft and fishing boats as well as larger boats.

To schedule an exam, contact our VSC chair via Email or phone at 303-447-9880. You may request a copy of the checklist from the VSC Chair before the exam, if you wish, so that you can prepare your boat.

If you want an exam right away and can't reach the VSC chair, the USCG Auxiliary will email your request to the 5 closest qualified examiners, both USPS and USCGAux members, to allow the quickest responder to call you to set up an appointment. For that service, go to AUX VSC

For more information you may go to: USPS VSC program

Cooperative Charting

The Cooperative Charting Program of USPS is conducted in close coordination with the Marine Chart Division, National Ocean Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Under this program, USPS members supply information to the Marine Chart Division of NOS/NOAA leading to corrections to nautical charts, small craft charts, Coast Pilot publications and Small Craft Facilities.

Port Captain

Port Captain

A Port Captain is a member of USPS who stands ready, at all times of his or her choosing, to provide advice and assistance to other members. Their primary expertise lies in their local knowledge of waters and unmarked hazards to safe navigation.

Squadron Website (

Our Website empowers civic engagement by providing to the boating public a Community Boating Forum. With this forum all boaters can register as a user to contribute boating content in the way of articles, documents, photos, how-to's, etc. See our Forum on the navigation bar.