Specialized Training On Practical Topics
These classroom courses involve from 7 to 10 2-hour sessions, followed by an exam.
This course is designed for members who plan to cruise for just a day or for a year in either a sail or powerboat. It covers such topics as: planning a voyage, financing a voyage, managing commitments back home, equipping a cruising boat, selecting the crew, provisioning, managing a voyage, entering and cleaning foreign ports, emergencies afloat, and security measures. Learn more here.
This course attempts to make students more self-reliant afloat, with trouble-diagnosis and temporary remedies given special emphasis. It covers both marine gasoline and diesel engines, including concepts of operation, maintenance, and repair. It covers such topics as: cooling systems, electrical systems, fuel systems, lubricating systems, power train components, and ancillary propulsion components. See more about Engine Maintenance here.
Marine Electrical Systems
This course teaches essential knowledge about a boat’s electrical system including: proper wiring, grounding, corrosion and electrolysis control, batteries and their maintenance, circuit testing, soldering and crimping, reading schematics. Learn more here.
Marine Communication Systems
This course covers voice communications and the use of digital selective calling (DSC), radio types and frequency bands, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), FCC rules and radio licenses, radiotelephone operating procedures, long-range radio communications, radio maintenance and other marine communications systems. Learn more about Marine Communications here.
This course is offered in two modules: Sail 101 and 102. They are taken separately and provide a thorough study of the terminology and dynamics of sailing. Material covered includes: types of hulls and rigs, running and standing rigging and their adjustment, hull and water forces causes by wind and waves, forces versus balance, the theory of sailing, points of sail, sail handling, sailing under various wind conditions, and navigation rules unique to sailboats. Learn more here.
This course is designed to teach the student about the impact of weather on both crew and boat. It covers how weather systems form, behave, and move, where to find weather forecasts, using daily weather maps and understanding NOAA’s Sky Watcher Chart (a reference to assist in identifying cloud types). Learn more here.
Unlike other USPS courses, this one isn’t designed to enhance boating skills. Rather, it deals with effective communications for speaker and teacher — a quality that benefits the individual in all walks of life. It offers practical instruction in: preparing for teaching assignments; preparing for meeting presentations, effective teaching techniques, conducting efficient meetings, and selecting and using teaching aids.