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For more information on any of the courses listed below please contact our Squadron Educational Officer:

Lt/C Michael J. Dykstra, AP

(919) 387‑8483


or contact the instructor for the course.

United States Power Squadrons® also offers several on-line courses which are available to all.

America's Boating CourseĀ®

Learn the fundamentals of safe boating in a 2-weekend classroom course OR take the online class.


Rules of the Road; communications; boat handling; docking; anchoring; emergencies; trailering; maintenance, and much more.

Piloting - Marine Navigation

The USPS Piloting (Marine Navigation) course is the first in the sequence of USPS courses on Marine Navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation.

Next Class: September 5, 2018

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Advanced Piloting

Position by bearing, soundings, and angles; tides and currents; speed-time-distance accuracy; and much more.

Next Class: January 10, 2018

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Junior Navigation

Celestial navigation: Using a sextant, a watch and a Nautical Almanac, determine your location (Latitude & Longitude) on Earth using the Sun.

Next Class: In Progress

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Extend your knowledge of celestial navigation; astronomical phenomena; mathematical principals; practical applications.
Prerequisite: Junior Navigation

Weather - Online Classes available from USPS and the University of West Fla.

Learn to read a weather map and the sky; interpret cloud formations and sequences. Two online course options are available.

Engine Maintenance

This course teaches the principles of gas (inboard & outboard)Ā  and diesel engines and the cooling, lubrication, ignition, and fuel systems.


Handling, anchoring, mooring, docking, stability, true and apparent wind, rigs and hulls, sailing theory, laying up and fitting out.

Next Class: February 19, 2018

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Cruising and Cruise Planning

Where to go, what to see; what to take (and not take); all the details that need to be planned before you go.

Marine Electrical Systems (MES)

Marine Electronics is currently two separate courses, Marine Electrical Systems (MES) and Marine Communications Systems (MCS).

Operations Training Course

This course informs you about all aspects of USPS.It will help you understand why it takes so many people to keep the squadron running.

Marine Communications Systems (MCS)

Marine Electronics is currently two separate courses, Marine Electrical Systems (MES) and Marine Communications Systems (MCS).

Instructor Development

If you have enjoyed learning boating skills from USPS, please consider joining our instructional team by taking the ID course which leads to USPS certification so that you can help teach our courses.

Next Class: January 18, 2018

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