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POWER SQUADRON, INC.
A Unit of
United States Power Squadrons®
For Information on the courses below contact
Squadron Educational Officer
COURSES FOR MEMBERS ONLY
(ACTIVE, ADDITIONAL ACTIVE, FAMILY MEMBERS and CERTIFICATE HOLDERS)
Advanced Grade Courses
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 and
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.
covers more advanced coastal navigation techniques, navigation in tides
and currents, and more advanced GPS usage.
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 reduction techniques.
Six Elective Courses are offered by
USPS. They cover separate and independent topics and therefore
may be taken in any order according to a member’s interests and time.
covers the operating principles and basic care and maintenance of
outboard and inboard engines, including diesels.
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
forecasting and reading weather patterns on-board.
Sail covers everything
from the basic elements of how a sailboat works to sail trim, rig
tuning, and sailboat racing.
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.
WHAT USPS® COURSES YOU WOULD
LIKE TO TAKE?
If you have any questions or
want to enroll in one of these
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 members-only courses that cover
advanced seamanship, navigational techniques, and boat handling,
maintenance, and enhancement topics. Learn how to become a member of
USPS and take any or all of these courses.
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23 September 2017