D/Lt/C P/D/Lt/CTom Woods
565 Cane Run Rd..
Lexington, KY 40505
P/C Susan Durstock, N
122 Crystall Lake Dr.
Covington, KY 41017
1143 Charter Pl.
Centerville, OH 45458
P/D/C Janice Elwood,
2112 Bayard Park Drive
Evansville, IN 47714
3627 Bluff Road
Carmel, IN 46032
Lt/C Gary Harrison
Louisville, KY 40241
P/D/C Keith Williams
9317 E Sandy Lane
Rockville, IN 47872
After an extensive redesign and recent beta test, our new SeamanshipCourse is ready for prime
time.Seamanship is one of our most important courses. This is likely to be the first course that a new member takes and it
must reflect the best in material and instruction that we can deliver so we retain that member to get involved in more of USPS.
Now, Seamanshiphas real content of its own. It is no longer just an extension of theBoating Course , but has
solid, practical content that boaters need to know. We are now taking a positive approach to boating education. Rather than focusing on everything that may go wrong, we
are emphasizing what you need to do to maintain safe control of your boat.
Seamanshiphighlights boat handling – how boats handle in the water, slow speed maneuvering, and then to sea in open water. Its eight chapters
can easily be covered in nine weeks. The material is suited to the new member and aimed at practical rather than being overly technical. Full of tips and techniques, this course
is a must for any boater. Beyond preparation and the boat handling topics which occupy the first four chapters, Seamanship covers a serious dose of “the Rules of the
Road,” followed by anchoring, emergency conditions, and marlinspike.
To make Rules of the Road an interesting and practical part of the course, we turned to
McGraw-Hill and asked their author, Charlie Wing, to reformat his popular book to our needs. This
resulted in The One Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road that is now branded in bookstores as a USPS Guide and is included along with the Student Manual with the
course. Charlie does a terrific job of explaining the rules which is what we really need to know and are likely to remember.
We also wanted a course that was robust enough to help prepare a member to sit for a Coast Guard Captain’s License exam if they sought to do so. We’ve added a self-study appendix supplemented by
information on the web site to help those pursuing a license. Far more of our members will want to pursue our new USPS Boat Operator Certification and Seamanship is a key
part of that program.