Welcome Aboard

Calling Fellow Boaters

A Request from Lewis Rivers
Fellow Boaters of Choctawhatchee Bay as Port Captain for the Fort Walton Sail and Power Squadron, I need your help in developing a guide to assist fellow mariners who transient our bay. What is required is current, accurate knowledge of the local waters for unmarked hazards to safe navigation and recommendations for mechanics, sailmakers, repair yards, medical, and dental facilities.

The objective is to provide information and reliable advice. Our aim is to make fellow boaters feel they are welcome and have found a safe harbor. With your help, guests of Choctawhatchee Bay should fine enjoyable passage through our waters. Please send information on unmarked hazard and recommendations to:

Lt. Lewis Rivers, AP, VE

Knowledge, seamanship, service to others, friendship and fraternity– this has been the essence of the United States Power Squadrons since 1913.

Off the Stern

USPS Seminar at Marine Max

Marine Max in Panama City Beach hosted USPS Partner in Command


National Safe Boating Week 2015

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Flare training, FWSPS and PSPS instructors


American Red Cross Authorized Provider

All the paperwork and processes have been completed and all required equipment received to allow FWSPS to become an American Red Cross Authorized Provider for Red Cross First Aid – Adult, Child and Infant CRP and AED training. Recently a class was held with Bobby Dewrell, FWYC Commodore and FWSPS member, and N/F/Lt Dick Gercak, SN completing their certification. We have equipment to permit classes of 10 or more students. The cost of training is significantly lower for members than completing ARC Community Courses. We can also train and certify instructors. P/R/C Wil Hugli, SN is a Red Cross Instructor and Instructor Trainer.

Bobby Dewrell (left) and P/R/C Wil Hugli during Bobby’s CPC/AED skill certification

USPS Seminar at MarineMax

Marine Max in Panama City Beach hosted USPS Partner in Command as part of its Women-on-the-Water today. After the seminar, the class, taught by Wil Hugli, SN, used a Marine Max Boston Whaler 230 for on the water skills development and practice.

Bob Fowler (Sales Manager), R/C Wil Hugli (FWSPS), Michelle, Patti, and Kerry

R/C Wil Hugli explaining close quarters docking using helm and throttle control. Each student had the opportunity to practice low and medium speed maneuvering, navigating through several tight intersecting channels, and docking.

Public Boating Course and Seminars

USPS Americas Boating Course 3 (ABC3)

ABC3 is the premier recreational boating course taught in a one-day, 8-hour class or in a five-evening format. The course is recognized by the National Safe Boating Law Administrators in all 50 states and territories. Completing this course meets most state licensing and insurance requirements. In addition, completion also gives the graduates a six-month free membership in the United States Power Squadrons. For additional information, call 315-0686 or go to Boating Course.


All Seminars are open to the public, and boat ownership is not necessary. Join us for these evening seminars in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Go to Seminars for registration information and more details.

Online Courses

We offer 12 online USPS courses through University of West Florida, Division of Continuing Education, Maritime Education Online. Go to Online Courses for registration information and more details.


FWSPS, Fort Walton Sail & Power Squadron, is a unit of USPS, United States Power Squadrons, a non-profit boating safety educational organization, and is in District 15.

Our purpose is to serve the public and our membership by promoting boating safety through education. In addition, we support a Cooperative Charting Program, which provides information to NOAA to help them maintain accurate nautical charts and other publications of value to boaters.

The Fort Walton Sail & Power Squadron offers to the public the USPS Public Boating Course. The course meets the educational standards of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and features a proctored examination as required by many states and insurance companies.

Located between Pensacola and Panama City in the Western Panhandle of Florida, FWSPS serves Okaloosa county, as well as its neighboring counties. Choctawhatchee Bay, with its various fingers of bayous, along with the intercoastal waterway running between the mainland and the barrier islands, pristine white beaches and emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, make this a superb area for sailing and power boating.