We are America’s Boating Club – Oceanside we are a member of the “America’s Boating Club®” which has over 35,000 members throughout the country.   Whether you’re an “old salt” or a novice, whether you own a boat or don’t, if you want to learn more about seamanship, you’ve come to the right place!

TAKE A CLASS:  Please check out our CLASSES PAGE for detailed descriptions of the different courses being offered …more

Hands-On-Training:  You will be taken out on the instructor’s power boat for in depth training on boat handling.  FREE   …more

Jump Start:  Jump Start is America’s Boating Club’s program to help new boat owners develop essential skills for easier handling and safer operation of your new vessel.   …more

Vessel Safety Check:  If you have a boat, we have certified vessel safety examiners that will perform a FREE  Vessel Safety Check.  …more


I’ve learned so much in their classes.  A must have for anyone who owns a boat or is thinking of buying one.  Their instructors are the best!  I checked out other options, no one comes close.

Barbara D. Fallbrook

My husband and I thoroughly enjoy exploring the beautiful coastline of Oceanside in our Catalina 315.  We would not have been doing any of this had it not been for America’s Boating Club – Oceanside educaitonal classes, organized cruises and the wonderful people we met!!  Being part of America’s Boating Club, Oceanside opened up an entire new world for us.

June D. Carlsbad

Great educational programs – they also know how to have a good time.  Sundowners on Oceanside Bay, cruises to Catalina and Mission Bay.  Knowledgeable speakers at the potlucks.  Great fun!

Keith M. Oceanside


September 11-13 2020

Sail to Avalon, or take the ferry,
and join us for a fun filled weekend! 
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September 16, 2020

FREE – On-The-Water training
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October 2 & 3 2020

FREE – On-The-Water training
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June 2021

POSTPONED – June 2021 – Due to COVID19

Cheers to 60 Years
1960 – 2020
Your Invited

For more events, please see the EVENTS page.

We will miss Dave and June Duet.  They have moved to the Northern California area.  They are still members and hope to travel down to the Oceanside area and attend a few events a year.

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P/D/C and D/Lt/C Van Diehl

Here is a link to an interview with Van taped by Historian D/Lt Nancy Kangas, AP in honor of San Luis Rey Sail & Power Squadron’s 60th Anniversary.

This message is to share with the USPS District 28 membership that we have lost a dear friend. P/D/C and D/Lt/C Van Diehl, SN-ON, passed away Tuesday afternoon July 14, 2020, at the age of 87, leaving behind his wife and assistant Cida Diehl and the members of our District. Van Diehl was our Past District Commander and our current District Education Officer. He was also one of the founders and the Assistant Regional Director for the On-The-Water program and the Boat Operator Certification program at all levels. Van would have celebrated his 20th Merit Mark this year. His ashes will be interred at a future date, fittingly, at Mission San Luis Rey.

Commander Van Diehl left an indelible mark on all he touched in the organization. He was a man of incredible intelligence and energy, always ready to take on the most difficult tasks in leadership and intellectual challenge. At the squadron level Van “owned” the instruction of Celestial Navigation, Cruising, and many of the courses and seminars we have to offer. In leadership Van left his mark on all levels of squadron and district leadership, demanding at times but always ready to set the example and give it his all.

So we have a choice to make: be sad about his passing or pick up where he left off. Without a doubt, Van Diehl will be missed by many members of District 28. But in his honor we should focus on where we can make a difference. Van was enthusiastic on what could be improved and outspoken on what he disagreed with.  May we all strive to make our voices heard in that way.

Thank you Commander Diehl, for all you have done, you will be missed.