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Basic Boating Certification Course (an introductory course)
This is an introductory course where students learn boating safety, "rules of the road", charting, and other valuable information necessary to safely enjoying pleasure boating. This course is required for children under 16 in order to operate a personal watercraft (PWC).
The Boating Certification Course is only the introduction to the wealth of information available to members of WSPS. Upon successfully completing the Boating Certification Course and becoming a member of the WSPS, you are eligible to attend the many educational opportunities available outlined as Advanced courses, Elective Courses, and even some Home Study courses.
This course teaches the basics of boating safety in four two-hour sessions ending in a certification exam for states MD, DE, PA, and NJ during the last session. Upcoming dates, times and locations for this Certification class are:
Start Date & Freq: Course
Location April 9, 2019 for four consecutive weeks Basic Boating Certification 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Cabela's - Christiana Mall
(Cost is $30 payable at the first class) Please call or email Mark Atkinson at 302-368-7857 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Your pre-registration for all classes and seminars is appreciated, but not mandatory. Registration may be in advance or on site the first night of class. Click here to download the pre-registration form.
Seminars & Advanced Programs:
No Seminars or Advanced Courses are scheduled at this time. However, potential courses are summarized below. Please contact Mark Atkinson at 302-368-7857 or email@example.com if you are interested in any of them.
This 16 hour eight week course is the first in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation cover-ing the basics of coastal and inland navigation. The course is new with principal focus on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today by integrating GPS as a primary tool and covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to fine their way if the GPS fails. Skills are developed by the student through hands on practice and learning. Topics include:
Members wishing to refresh their “P” grade knowledge are invited to
audit any and all class sessions.
Your pre-registration for all classes and seminars is appreciated, but not mandatory. Registration may be in advance or on site the first night of class.
If you are interested in any of the above courses or the other courses listed below, please contact our Educational Officer, Jim Robinson or at 610-444-5155.
The Advanced Courses listed below are for members of the United States Power Squadrons ®. Click here to find out how to join Wilmington Sail & Power Squadron.
Seamanship (S) 101 &102
Seamanship builds on the basics taught in the Basic Boating Course provides and is recommended as the first course for new members, both power boaters and sailors The student learns practical marlinespike, navigation rules, hull design and performance, responsibilities of the skipper, boat care, operating a boat under normal and abnormal conditions, what to do in various emergencies, and weather conditions, nautical customs, and common courtesy on the water, among other topics. This course provides a needed introduction to the USPS® educational program and a strong foundation for the member going on to take other Advanced Grade courses and/or Cruise Planning or Sail.
S101 & S102 are required to achieve the grade of SEAMAN. This is the only Advanced Grade Course that discusses the operation of small boats and provides the foundation for a rewarding educational experience for new and current members. Either module can be taken first, but S101 is recommended.
The Piloting course is the first in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This all-new course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Topics covered include:
Advanced Piloting (AP)
This all-new course continues to build coastal and inland navigation skill, allowing the student to take on more challenging conditions – unfamiliar waters, limited visibility, and extended cruises. GPS is embraced as a primary navigation tool while adding radar, chart plotters, and other electronic navigation tools. As with Piloting, the course includes many in-class exercises, advancing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning. Topics covered include:
Junior Navigation (JN)
is the first part of a two part program of study in offshore (open
ocean) navigation. It is designed as a practical "how
to" course leaving the theoretical and more advanced techniques
for the Navigation course. The subject matter includes: the
basic concepts of celestial navigation, how to use the mariner's
sextant to take sights of the sun, moon, planets, and stars; the
importance and techniques of accurate time determination; use of
the nautical almanac; how to "reduce" sights to establish
lines of position (LOPS); and the use of special charts, plotting
sheets, and other navigational data for offshore positioning and
Prerequisite: Seamanship, Piloting, and Advanced Piloting
is the second part of the study of offshore navigation. It
further develops the students understanding of celestial navigation
theory, essential to shortcut emergency methods. The student
is introduced to additional sight reduction techniques and develops
greater skill and precision work of the 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
Prerequisite: Seamanship, Piloting, Advanced Piloting, and Junior Navigation
Home Study or supplemental courses
Supplemental programs have been developed to extend member's knowledge in fields related to boating. Subjects have been selected in areas about which members have expressed interest such as:
|Amateur Radio||Calculators for Navigation|
|Boat Design and Construction||Compass Adjusting|
|Oceanography||Preparation for Coast Guard Licenses|
|Predicted Log Contests||Boat Insurance|
|Water Skiing Safety||Sight Reduction Methods|
|Navigational Astronomy||Hand Tools|
Additionally, Skipper Saver is a program of great benefit to family members in case the skipper is disabled, covering fundamentals of boat operation, radio procedure, how to get home, and how to help in case of medical emergencies.
These specialized home study guides may be ordered through your Squadron Education Officer or by you directly from he USPS Ships Store at USPS headquarters. You may take any of these you wish and in any order, there are no prerequisites
We have a safety video, professionally produced, entitled "Seamanship under Adverse Conditions". Here's a MS Word document describing how WSPS made this USPS teaching video.
Prior to leaving on a boating trip, whether for a afternoon, day, or longer, file a float plan.
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