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2017 Schedule

Seminars & Advanced Programs:
Date Time Location Topic
       
       
       

 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 Frequency Times (in Military Time) Location
April 11, 2017 Four consecutive weeks 1830 - 2030 Cabela's - Christiana Mall
(Cost is $30 payable at the first class)  Please call or email Mark Atkinson at 302-368-7857 or matkinsonseo@gmail.com 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.
 

 Piloting Course

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.

 

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Advanced Courses

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.

Piloting (P)

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)

This course 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 passage planning.
Prerequisite:   Seamanship, Piloting, and Advanced Piloting

Navigation (N)

This course 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 or lifeboat.
Prerequisite:   Seamanship, Piloting, Advanced Piloting, and Junior Navigation

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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

 

Other

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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