Boating Classes Available to Public. USPS Members enjoy large discounts.

Advanced Grades:

The advanced grades are a series of seamanship and navigational courses. Completion of each course earns member a higher grade as students increase their knowledge and at the highest level (celestial navigation) earn a grade of Senior Navigator.

Seminar Description Schedule

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

Date and Time: To be announced
Not Scheduled
Piloting Grade: P:

Piloting introduces the fundamentals of piloting and positioning -- the study of marine charts, aids to navigation, adjustment and use of the mariner's compass, dead reckoning, planning and plotting courses, and taking bearings to determine on-the-water position.

Location: To be announced
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Advanced Piloting Grade: AP:

Advanced Piloting builds on the knowledge gained in Piloting to teach how to navigate safely in coastal waters -- predict tides and tidal currents and their impact on boat position, advanced positioning techniques, and the use of electronic navigation systems for positioning and course planning.

Location: To be announced
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Junior Navigator Grade: JN:

Junior Navigation begins the study of offshore (open-ocean) navigation -- integrated electronic positioning systems, sight taking with a mariner's sextant on the sun, moon, planets, and stars, how to reduce sights using the nautical almanac to determine position, and passage planning with special open-ocean charts.

Location: To be announced
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Navigator Grade: N:

Navigation further develops the understanding of celestial navigation theory and the skills in sight taking and reduction -- additional sight reduction techniques and the orderly methods of carrying on the day's work of a navigator at sea. Of particular interest and importance is the study of offshore navigation using minimal data and/or equipment, such as when on a disabled vessel or lifeboat.

Location: To be announced
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Marine Electronics:

Essential knowledge about your boat's electrical and electronic systems is studied in this course. Proper wiring, grounding, electrolysis control, and batteries and their maintenance are included. Depth finders, marine radio telephones, radar, loran, GPS, and advanced systems for electronic navigation are also studied. Information is provided on FCC requirements for station licensing and operator permits for radio telephone.

Location: To be announced
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Awareness of weather phenomena, how to read the weather map and the sky, and understand and anticipate weather developments for more pleasurable boating are the objectives of this course. Subjects studied include: characteristics and structure of the atmosphere, what weather is and its basic causes, normal development and movement of weather over the earth, and the factors considered in weather forecasting. Observations that the skipper can make afloat include both instrumental and visual: cloud sequences and the weather they predict; air masses, fronts, storms, and fog; and the use of radio and television weather broadcasts. Throughout the course the student is encouraged to make observations and predications in order to gain experience in applying the principles taught and develop greater insight into weather phenomena.

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America's Boating Class A082: - Non-member cost: $60.00

This course, designed for beginners is equally valuable for long time boaters wishing to refresh and upgrade their boating knowledge. It is Nasbla approved and successful completion will earn the student a Florida Safe Boater Education ID Card which is required for all boat operators in the state of Florida, born after January 1, 1988 .


Learn the fundamentals of safe boat handling and operation in this single session 8 hour, comprehensive classroom course. This newly revised course will give you the basics of line throwing, knot tying, boat handling, anchoring, navigation rules and navigation aids, emergencies on the water and more.

Topics include:


  • Required Safety Equipment
  • Navigation Rules & Aids
  • Finding Your Way
  • Marlinspike (knots!)
  • Registration & Florida FWC Regulations
  • Trailering
  • Anchoring
  • Communications Afloat
  • Lights and Sound signals


Location: 5225B W Broward Blvd, Plantation, FL 33317
Date and Time: September 26, 2015 9-5pm
Register for this class
Semanship --S grade: $100$150

The Seamanship 2012 course is the next step after completing America’s Boating Course, 3rd Edition (ABC3), taking the knowledge and skills learned there and expanding and extending them with this newly updated edition. Or make Seamanship the first step into building boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures. Seamanship 2012 presents material applicable to both power and sail, covering such topics as the construction and functioning of a boat, the skipper’s responsibilities, preparing the boat for use, handling and maneuvering a vessel under various conditions in close quarters and on the open water, rules of the road, anchoring, emergencies, and marlinspike/basic knots. The Appendices cover boating into the waters of Canada and Mexico, the effects of weather on the boater’s health, and general information on obtaining a US Coast Guard captain’s license. It is suggested that Seamanship be scheduled over nine two-hour class sessions, one session for each chapter and one session for the proctored test.

The Student Manual 2012 Kit includes the text, a knot practice board, and the One Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road by Charlie Wing. Course instructional materials include a Microsoft PowerPoint® CD with embedded animations and audios that requires a more recent software version to perform correctly. The Student Manual 2012 has been updated with numerous error corrections and several topic clarifications. All chapter questions are now multiple choice with true/false and negative questions having been rewritten. The Instructor Manual 2009 is to be used with Seamanship 2012. Each IM 2009 includes an errata sheet with the revised questions, answers, and references.

Location: 5225B W Broward Blvd, Plantation, FL 33317
Date and Time: November 1, 2015