America's Boating Course

Get your state boating card. Take the finest National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved online boating safety course available, followed by a boating license test for boating certification. You'll receive a 244 page full-color book, comprehensive boating safety lessons, introduction to navigation, and one CD and DVD.

  • Animated, narrated home-study boating safety course CD
  • Digital charting DVD with software and all United States charts
  • Proctored Exam given by a local squadron
  • Note: Not all jurisdictions accept online courses

Special Introductory Price: $39.95, includes 6 months membership in the US Power Squadrons

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Partner in Command

An Essential Intro to Boating for Every Crew Member

Are you a regular passenger on your family's or friend's boat? Become more confident with anchoring, docking, signaling handling, emergencies, first aid and much more. Learn essential information on how to assist in the safe operation of your boat.

  • Introduction to boating
  • Understanding anchoring, docking, navigation and much more
  • Prepare to assist with bad weather, first aid and on-board emergencies
  • Fully interactive online learning experience
  • Seminar completed in only 2-4 hours

Special Promotional Price until July 31, 2014: $24.95! Use promotional code Boat2014 when registering. Regular price is $40.00.

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Boating On Rivers, Locks and Lakes

Navigating Inland Waterways and Locks with Confidence

Boating on our major inland waterways may sometimes be a daunting experience for the recreational boater. It is often necessary to navigate through locks and near large commercial vessels. Rivers can be fickle and it can be difficult to tell where the safe water is. Learn what you must know to boat our inland waterways with confidence and increase your fun on the water

You will learn how to:

  • Recognize and use the special procedures needed to lock through with confidence
  • Recognize the features of navigating on rivers and inland lakes
  • "Read the river"
  • Plan your river trip
  • Boat near large commercial vessels safely

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Weather for Boaters

A Boater's Guide to Forecasting, Winds and Storms

Learn how to recognize early signs of changing weather and how to anticipate storms, squalls, fog, and wind shifts. You can check the forecast before you leave, but it might be hours old and doesn't necessarily reflect the conditions in your area. Familiarize yourself with basic weather elements to understand how they will affect your boating experience and much more. Weather makes the difference between a great day and a lousy day on the water. This seminar will teach you to recognize and prepare for weather coming your way.

Head out with confidence.

  • Be prepared when the actual weather does not agree with the official forecast
  • Recognize early signs of approaching weather
  • Anticipate storms and lightning
  • Interpret approaching cloud formations
  • Use a weather map
  • Understand weather elements like air masses, fronts, and winds
  • Understand how to use a barometer and other forecasting tools
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Classroom sessions

The United States Power Squadron offers a full range of advanced courses and seminars in a traditional classroom setting at a squadron near you. Find the course or seminar you want.

 

On-the-water training

Get hands-on, on-the-water training on how to handle a boat from a local Power Squadron near you. Many of the more than 400 local Power Squadrons (clubs) across the US that make up the United States Power Squadrons now offer this training.

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Coming Soon!
Using VHF/DSC Marine Radio Seminar,
Hurricanes and Boats Seminar, and Marine RADAR Seminar

Narrated traditional USPS courses and seminars are available online via the University of West Florida