1. Seamanship covers
basic deck seamanship, marlinspike (knots
and ropes), anchoring and rafting, basic
boat care and maintenance, and nautical and
USPS customs and etiquette.
is 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.
3. Advanced Piloting covers
more advanced coastal navigation techniques,
navigation in tides and currents, and more
advanced GPS usage.
of offshore navigation, including basic
celestial navigation using the sun and
offshore course planning.
is the most
advanced navigation course taught by USPS,
covering more advanced celestial
navigation techniques, emergency
navigation, and additional sight reduction
covers weather forecasting and reading
weather patterns on-board.
2. 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
installation and maintenance of both boat
electrical systems (AC and DC) and marine
electronics (VHF radio, radar, GPS, etc).
Maintenance covers the
operating principles and basic care and
maintenance of outboard and inboard engines,
covers everything from the basic
elements of how a sailboat works to sail
trim, rig tuning, and sailboat racing.
Development teaches effective
communication skills for not only USPS
instructors but everyone, covering various
methods of presenting information to others,
effective use of audiovisual aids (including