Class Descriptions

Descriptions

AMERICA’S BOATING COURSE*  (this is an introductory Safe Boating course taught as a 8-hour weekend seminar or in 5 weekly evening sessions)

 

ADVANCED GRADE COURSES:

SEAMANSHIP*

Covers basic deck seamanship, marlinspike (knots and ropes), anchoring and rafting, basic boat care and maintenance, and nautical and United States Power Squadron customs and etiquette.

 

PILOTING

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.

 

ADVANCED PILOTING

Covers more advanced coastal navigation techniques, navigation in tides and currents, and more advanced GPS usage.

 

JUNIOR NAVIGATION

Teaches the basics of offshore navigation, including basic celestial navigation using the sun and offshore course planning.

 

NAVIGATION — 

The most advanced navigation course taught by USPS, covering more advanced celestial navigation techniques, emergency navigation, and additional sight reduction techniques.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES:

ENGINE MAINTENANCE*

Covers the operating principles and basic care and maintenance of outboard and inboard engines, including diesels.

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MARINE ELECTRONICS*

Covers installation and maintenance of both boat electrical systems (AC and DC) and marine electronics (VHF radio, radar, GPS, etc).

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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.

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SAIL

Covers everything from the basic elements of how a sailboat works to sail trim, rig tuning, and sailboat racing.

NOTE: Pre-registration is required for the Sail course, please contact the Education Officer at seo@sdsps.org before the first day of class.

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WEATHER*

Covers weather systems, patterns and forecasting.

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INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT

To be scheduled with the instructor as required

Teaches effective communication skills for not only United States Power Squadron Instructors but everyone, covering various methods of presenting information to others, effective use of audiovisual aids (including PowerPoint), etc.

 

OPERATIONS TRAINING

This is Training intended for Bridge members only

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To pre-register, or for questions, contact: seo@sdsps.org

*These classes are open to the public, but will be offered to USPS members at a discounted fee (highlighted in green).

These classes are for members only (highlighted in blue).