USPS University Courses
One of the main goals of USPS is “boating safety through
education” — we
believe that an educated boater is a safer boater. In addition to its
public education program, USPS teaches
a series of outstanding courses that cover advanced seamanship,
navigational techniques, and boat handling, maintenance, and enhancement
Five Advanced Grade courses are offered by USPS. They
are designed to be taken in sequence because each builds on skills taught
in the previous course.
Seamanship covers basic deck seamanship, marlinspike (knots and ropes), anchoring
and rafting, basic boat care and maintenance, and nautical and USPS customs
Piloting is the first and most basic navigation course,
covering chart reading, course plotting, and basic coastal or inland
navigation, including basic GPS usage. This course goes into more detail
than the charting information covered in the public courses.
Advanced Piloting covers more advanced
coastal navigation techniques, navigation in tides and currents, and more
advanced GPS usage.
Junior Navigation teaches the basics
of offshore navigation, including basic celestial navigation using the
sun and offshore course planning.
Navigation is the most advanced navigation course taught by USPS, covering more advanced
celestial navigation techniques, emergency navigation, and additional sight
Elective Courses in six area are offered by USPS. They cover
separate and independent topics and therefore may be taken in any order according
to a person's interests and time.
Engine Maintenance covers the operating
principles and basic care and maintenance of outboard and inboard engines,
Marine Electronics covers installation and maintenance
of both boat electrical systems (AC and DC) and marine electronics (VHF
radio, radar, GPS, etc).
Cruise Planning covers topics of
interest for someone planning a cruise – whether for just a weekend or for a year – including
preparation and planning, anchoring, security, chartering, and cruising
outside the US.
Weather covers weather systems, patterns and forecasting.
Sail covers everything from the basic elements of how a
sailboat works to sail trim, rig tuning, and sailboat racing.
Development teaches effective communication skills for not only USPS instructors
but everyone, covering various methods of presenting information to others,
effective use of audiovisual aids (including PowerPoint), etc.
If one or more of these courses interest you, locate a course in your area. If you're a USPS member, contact your Squadron Educational Officer and take a course at your squadron rate. We hope to see you soon!