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If Boating Is On Your Radar….

Your boating experience can be enhanced by attending one of our boating classes or seminars. Novice and experienced boaters can increase their knowledge of Seamanship, Piloting, Federal and State Requirements, Boating skills, Marlinspike, Navigation and other important topics.

Our certified instructors regularly offer a wide range of boating courses and seminars to members and the public at large.


The United States Power Squadrons America's Boating Course is an introduction to the rules of the waterways, knots and lines, Marine VHF radio procedures, aids to navigation, boating under adverse conditions,  chart reading and course plotting.  Passing our basic boating course in either format can be your first step toward becoming a member of USPS and gaining access to advanced boating courses covering seamanship, piloting, engine maintenance and marine electrical systems -- to name just a few.


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America's Boating Course



(9 AM to 4 PM, each day)

AT: St Joseph Parish Life Center,

1200 East 10th Street, Stuart

Tuition $50.  Students should bring lunch.

America's Boating Course gives you the knowledge to decide what type and size boat you need, what to do when meeting another boat in a crowded waterway, and how to recognize and handle hazards.

What's included?

Successful completion of any ABC course qualifies you for the Florida Safe Boating Card,  FREE 6 month Squadron Membership and FREE  Seamanship course


Seminar Saturdays

Saturday, September 17:   Rules of the Road

Saturday, October 15:   Weather and Forecasting



AT: St Joseph Parish Life Center, 10:00 AM to 12:00

Members$30, Non-Members $40 (cash or check)

1200 East 10th Street, Stuart -- Classroom 7

Contact Lt/C Mike Knapp  (772) 283-4816 for information or to enroll




 For details about any of our upcoming classes

Contact Education Officer Mike Knapp, WarmRainFL@aol.com or (772) 283-4816

The boat and water safety course topics include:




Dates to be determined

For those who have already completed Piloting, this will be a good opportunity to improve your inland and coastal navigation skills.

Course Description

Advanced Piloting is the second in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation. It continues to build coastal and inland navigation skill, allowing the student to take on more challenging conditions – unfamiliar waters, limited visibility, and extended cruises. GPS is embraced as a primary navigation tool while adding radar, chartplotters, and other electronic navigation tools. As with Piloting, the course includes many in-class exercises, advancing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition the students have seven days to complete the open book exam. Topics covered include:


If you are interested in taking this AP course or have any other questions please contact either:

·        Educational Officer: Mike Knapp (772-283-4816) or WarmRainFL@aol.com

·        AP-Class Instructor: George Gehring (772-546-4151) or FayGeo@bellsouth.net



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