This site is provided as a means of communications with the USPS National Basic Public Education Committee (BPECom). We welcome your questions and comments on our public courses and associated materials.
R/C Richard L. Carson, JN
Stf/C Luis Molero, JN
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2012 ABC3 Printing Addendum
Printing of the ABC3 2013 Student Manual is in progress. It incorporates minor changes and updates as summarized in the Addendum. The two printings are interchangeable when the Addendum (85KB, PDF) is incorporated in the 2012 printing. Most items are applicable now and should be incorporated with instruction using the ABC3 2012 printing of the Student Manual. A copy of the Addendum will be shipped with each ABC3 2012 Student Manual. (04 May 13)
The student kit contains two bonus items: a CD and a DVD. The ABC3 Companion Courseware CD augments chapters 1 thru 4 (sections 1-16) of the manual with audio and video clips. Most of the Flash and Shockwave slides are narrated. The Coastal Explorer DVD augments chapter 5 (sections 17-18) with an introduction to GPS and Waypoint navigation. Complete information on how to install and use these bonus items is available on the ABC3 home page under Downloadable Material. (28 Feb 13)
BPECom Assistance Form
If you need assistance from BPECom regarding HQ-800, the ABC3 CD or DVD, or anything else, please use this form to request assistance. Filling in as many sections as possible will help to minimize the number of times we need to contact you while providing the fastest response for you. (28 Feb 13)
Correction to Appendix A in ABC3 Student Manual 2012 Reprinting
Appendix A in the ABC3 Student Manual provides discussion on Canadian Rules and Regulations. Topic A-1 on page 219 discusses ENTERING CANADA. The discussion incorrectly states non-stop transits by U.S. vessels through Canadian waters need not contact Canadian officials. This change (58KB, PDF) to ABC3 Appendix A removes that discussion and inserts the requirement to report to Canadian officials when crossing the International border for any reason. (02 Jul 12)
ABC3 Reprint 2012 Student and Instructor Kits Being Shipped
The 2012 reprinting of America’s Boating Course 3rd Edition (ABC3) has been completed and products are being shipped. Order your materials from the On-line Materials Catalog & Shopping Cart found on the EdDept Home Page, in the “Order Course Materials” pull-down tab. The ABC3 2012 Student Kit reprinting includes the 2012 Student Manual, bonus Coastal Explorer Express Edition updated DVD, and the bonus Student Courseware v3.2 CD. The 2012 Instructor Kit includes the items in the Student Kit plus the 2012 Instructor Manual, and 2012 Instructor PowerPoint CD. The PowerPoint CD includes presentations for Part 1, Chapters 1 through 4 that comprise the NASBLA approved 8-hour course, and Part 2, which is Chapter 5 that may extend the course to 12+ hours. Part 2 introduces charts and piloting then presents Appendix A (Canadian Rules and Regulations), and Appendix E (Boating Decision Making). Appendix F in the Instructor Manual is the complete English language assessment examination package: instructions, end-on-chapter questions answer key, two 50-question NASBLA approved examinations and their answer keys with cross references, and the Chapter 5 examination and answer key.
Headquarter’s stock of prior editions of ABC3 Student Manuals have been exhausted. However the 2008 and 2010 reprintings of the ABC3 Student Manual held by squadrons may be used to present ABC3 provided that knowledge is assessed using the 2012 NASBLA approved assessment examinations (available from the EdDept Materials Catalog and Shopping Cart, and in the 2012 Instructor Manual). The 2012 ABC3 examination series has been translated to Spanish, and is available through the On-line Materials Catalog & Shopping Cart. The ABC3 2012 assessment examinations are the ONLY exams currently authorized for USPS/NASBLA Certification of successfully completing the ABC3 class. (21 May 2012)
The ABC3 On-The-Water Teaching Aid Guide is now available for downloading and use from the Downloads section of the ABC3 page. The Guide takes the classroom knowledge to actual on-water experience, covering the material in the ABC3 2012 reprinting, 8 and 12 hour course versions. Concomitant to building confidence in new boaters, these skills will establish a foundation for on-the-water training in advanced courses and seminars, and foster interest in the BOC program. (15 May 12)
America's Boating Course, 3rd Edition - 2012 — Information, Registration, and Assessment Overview
Announcing and Advertising Your USPS Public Boating Course: All ABC3 public boating courses are to be listed on-line on the USPS website. This serves several purposes. First, it announces to the general public the date, time, location, and point of contact for each class. Next, the new features of the on-line registration system will automatically send email notifications of the boating class schedules and completion results to the designated state Boating Law Administrator (BLA) or his/her representative. This feature meets the reporting requirements contained within just about all of the Memorandum of Understanding between USPS and the states.
Pre-Registering Students: The on-line registration process for potential students to pre-register for squadron public boating classes supports the student who chooses to do contact on-line, and provides the host squadron with information that helps prepare the student for the course. The process requires that squadron boating class information be listed in the on-line HQ-800 database. Squadrons enter their class information into the database via the USPS Education Department Home page, then select “Manage Public Programs,” select “Register Boating Courses (HQ-800), and enter course data. When entering course data, check the “allow on-line registration” box and consider checking the “offer 6 month memberships" box. Once activated, students may fill in the pre-registration form with all their personal data, greatly simplifying the process of entering the data into the course completion report.
Supports On-Line Searches: When Google and other on-line search engines are used to seek terms such as "safe boating classes" or "public boating education", the courses listed in the HQ-800 System are provided.
Summary Information for the Educational Department: The cumulative reports from squadron submissions are used to manage stock levels to support squadron efforts, track trends in USPS Boating Safety Education, and may be used locally to manage course schedules and inter-squadron teaching efforts. The summary report of ABC3 classes completed and numbers of students with these classes is updated and posted monthly on this web page. (13 Apr 12)
The previous (February 3, 2010) CD version of Rose Point's Coastal Explorer Express viewer program may have a corrupted zip file for the charts of USCG District 9. If you have a problem loading District 9 charts from your CD, download a good copy of the zip file (254,458KB) and install it in Coastal Explorer. Note that this is a rather large file and may take some time to download depending on your Internet connection speed. The procedure to download and install the file is as follows:
A short presentation (1814KB, PPT) on navigating the Intracoastal Waterway has been prepared. Please include any part or all of it in those classes where you have students traversing the Intracoastal Waterway. (11 May 10)
If you have any questions or comments about any of the public boating courses, please contact the National Basic Public Education Committee chair by e-mail, phone or postal service mail. Please be sure to keep your SEO and/or DEO advised of any correspondence you may have with the National committee. Addresses for the National BPECom chair are listed in The ENSIGN and on the Committee Chairpersons page.
We will try to answer your questions as soon as possible, but please allow 5 working days for an answer.
Anyone wishing to provide input on these courses, please contact the committee chair.
If you are interested in becoming a member of this committee, submit a resume on-line at the Committee on Nominations web site.