United States Power Squadrons®

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Improve your boating skills and knowledge

USPS offers a full range of educational experiences for both novice and experienced boaters. We teach a variety of comprehensive courses and short seminars to advance your know-how of seamanship and boat handling, piloting and navigation, boat systems maintenance, weather, sailing, cruise planning, and other topics specifically created to meet the needs of today’s boater.

Get your boating education your way

With USPS, you have complete flexibility in scheduling your education through classroom instruction, on-line courses, and on-the-water skills training.

  • Classroom: Through hundreds of our local squadrons, you can enjoy personal interaction with certified instructors, get in-depth answers to your boating questions, and benefit from group learning and interaction.
  • On the water: Get hands-on training and skills development in boat handling and other topics related to your coursework.
  • Online: Education is convenient and you can learn as your time allows.

Learn as much as you want

USPS offers in-depth courses (usually 6-8 weeks), focused two-hour seminars, and skills certification in inland, coastal, and offshore navigation and boat operation. Mix and match to suit your boating education needs.

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