USPS® Educational Objectives
The United States Power Squadrons® is an organization dedicated to boating safety through boating education. This is accomplished by providing instructor led public and member courses at the squadron level. In addition there are publicly available training materials geared to self learning.
The learning experience begins with the Basic Boating Course. This publicly available course will provide the new as well as experienced boater with the essentials for understanding the entire boating environment. Included are instruction in elementary seamanship, boat types and terms, safe operation, equipment, engine troubleshooting, registration and regulations, marlinespike (knots & stuff), weather, charts and aids to navigation, basic navigation, piloting, sailing, navigation rules, marine radio operation and trailering. The instructors are seasoned boaters in your area and will include valuable information about the local boating environment as well.
You may continue with subsequent courses through membership in the USPS. A series of Advanced Grade Programs are available to members which include:
A series of Elective Grade Courses is also available:
For more detailed information on the United States Power Squadrons, courses, course material or membership please visit the USPS® web site