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- Seminar Information -

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These short seminars are targeted to specific boating topics and needs, and include valuable take-away guides. This page is intended to provide the latest information for instructors and administrators on the available seminars.

Want to know what seminars are available to the public? Go the public seminars page.

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Knots, Bends, and Hitches Seminar Updates. In the seminar booklet, page 11—"The best choice for a dock line is either single or double braid nylon line." In the PowerPoint slides, Slide 21— "DOCK LINES—nylon braid-strong and medium stretch". In the USPS Guide Knots, Bends and Hitches for Mariners, page 16—Dock lines should be nylon braid-strong and medium stretch. (26 Mar 17)

Reminder of Seminar Pricing and HQ-800 Student Completion Entries. This is a reminder that on 01 August 2015, all of the supplemental books, guides, and CDs were removed from the seminar student kits. The purchase of all of these supplemental materials is now optional. All student kits are priced at $13. A fee of $10 per student completion entered on HQ-800 (or BCA) is now imposed. Squadrons will be invoiced for the seminar completions and need to price their seminars accordingly. None of these changes apply to the Instructor kits which will continue to include the supplemental materials, nor will they apply to the Instructor Development Recertification Seminar or the Practical-on-the-Water Training seminar.

We encourage the squadrons to purchase a few copies of the supplemental materials for their seminars and encourage students to buy them. Squadrons can also save money by buying the complete student kit, which includes the student material plus the supplemental items, at a reduced price compared to ordering them individually. We also encourage squadrons to continue entering student attendance data in the HQ-800 system. The record of these completions is necessary for USPS on-the-water certifications and may be needed for future state or national certification programs or for chartering. (31 Jul 16)

Rules of the Road Seminar Correction. Slide 89 is incorrect. If you see the green running light you cannot see the white and yellow stern lights for a tow. Please hide this slide or explain to the class what is wrong. (14 Nov 15)

On The Water Guide for Man Overboard Seminar. An On The Water (OTW) guide for potential use in a Man Overboard seminar is available in the Downloads section. (28 Sep 12)

Erratum for the Basic Weather and Forecasting Seminar. Please delete bullet number four on page 3 under slide 8. This will eliminate the confusion between the rays angle and the angle of incidence. Also, the first three bullets adequately describe the concept. (22 Apr 12)

Additional Slides for the Tides and Currents Seminar. Additional slides showing tide and current information for east coast locations are available in the Downloadable Material section. (15 Jan 12)

Running the Maptech Digital Chart Training CD under Vista. Maptech's Offshore Navigator (and related products, such as Offshore Navigator Lite and Chart Navigator Viewer) was created long before Microsoft Windows Vista was released. As you may be aware, Microsoft Vista is designed to restrict access to certain core components of the operating system, in order to make the system more robust and secure. Unfortunately, by doing this, older applications must be run "As Administrator" and in "Windows XP Compatibility Mode" in order to function correctly. Click on the following link to get instructions for how to do this  Just a reminder, once you have this Chart Navigator software on this CD loaded and operating, you can download and use any charts you would like from Maptech following the “Download - Free NOAA Charts” link on this page.  (12 Apr 07)

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Downloadable Material

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HQ-800/Boating Course Assistant

Use the web-based HQ-800 application to manage and record your student information. Alternatively, you can use the Boating Course Assistant PC program to manage and record your student information.

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Questions or Comments?

If you have any questions or comments about the seminars, please contact the Assistant National Educational Officers by using this form, phone or postal service mail.  Please be sure to keep your SEO and/or DEO advised of any correspondence you may have with the Assistant National Educational Officers. Addresses for the Assistant National Educational Officers 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.

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