Hilton Head Sail and Power Squadron

A unit of United States Power Squadrons ®

Boating is fun, let us show you how!


Welcome to the Hilton Head Sail and Power Squadron Website!


USPS-LogoWe are a unit of the United States Power Squadrons®, which is the world's largest non-profit boating organization. It is often called "America's boating club".

Our members are families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating, on the water and in the classroom. Our squadron is located on Hilton Head Island, which is at the South-Eastern corner of South Carolina, at 32º10'33.88" N, 80º46'22.88" W. Many of our members live on Hilton Head, while some reside just over the bridge in Bluffton, SC.

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HHSPS Boating Education

The Hilton Head Sail & Power Squadron offers boating courses and seminars throughout the year.  Our next seminar will be offered in October entitled "Using GPS."  As a special attraction, we will have Dowe Thornton, Garmin Regional Training Representative demonstrating the new GPSMAP 7616 chartplotter.                                                


Seminar Description:  Using GPS

GPS can get you where you need to go, but did you know you can use it to steer your boat accurately?  Enhance your boating experience by getting the most out of today's feature-packed GPS devices.  Certified instructor, Mark Larson, P of our Hilton Head Sail & Power Squadron will team up with Garmin Regional Training Representative, Dowe Thornton to conduct this USPS Seminar.  Learn how to store and use waypoints, build and execute routes, and monitor steering.  You can also get tips on connecting your GPS to your VHF marine radio, which opens up a new world of digital hailing and distress signaling. The seminar materials include a copy of the waterproof McGraw-Hill Captain’s QuickGuide Using GPS to take aboard to remind you of the steps.

In addition, Dowe will demonstrate the Garmin GPSMAP 7616 chartplotter with the16-inch multi-touch widescreen display that has a 10 Hz internal GPS that updates position and heading 10 times per second.  This unit is designed for cruisers and sailors who demand high performance, ease of operation, and feature integration. 

What's Included?

  • What GPS does
  •        Waypoint navigation
  •        How to operate your GPS
  •        What the buttons do
  •        What the screens show
  •        How to use the key functions
  •        How to navigate safe course
  •        Tips on choosing a GPS that’s best for you

Instructor:  Mark Larson, P, (Certified HHSPS Instructor),  Accompanied by Dowe Thornton, Garmin Regional Training Representative

Time and Date:  9:00 – 11:00, October 29, 2016

Location:  Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Cost:  $40 members; $55 for non-members

To register contact:  Peter Dion:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (631.456.9134)

HHSPS Boating Activities


Hilton Head Sail & Power Squadron offers a wide range of boating activities for our members. There are on-the-water boating programs, including boating cruises and The Magellan Society.

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HHSPS Social Activities


Social events are a very important part of the Hilton Head Sail & Power Squadron. Our social events range from dinners to boating cruises.

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