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Boat Handling

$ 75.00$ 110.00

Boat Handling

NOTE: Please register 2 weeks before the start of the class if you wish a paper textbook.

Build boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures. Boat Handling provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in boat handling and maneuvering, boat operation, skipper’s responsibilities, and boating techniques that will advance your boating enjoyment.

Learn the types of boats, knots, and boat handling in varying sea conditions. Prerequisite: ABC Boat Safety class. This course is normally completed in 6 two-hour sessions: five sessions of study, one session of review and exam.

Contact: Sam Doak with any questions. or 540-250-6903.

Each class has six sessions:

August 20, 2024  1800-2030   Tuesdays and Thursdays
November 04, 2024  1800-2030   Mondays and Wednesdays
January 28, 2025  1800-2030   Tuesdays and Thursdays
April 22, 2025  1800-2030   Tuesdays and Thursdays

Marine Navigation

$ 100.00$ 150.00

Marine Navigation

Learn the essentials of safe coastal and inland navigation using basic GPS in conjunction with charts and other marine data.  The Marine Navigation course teaches you how to use the GPS along with traditional dead reckoning techniques for planning and laying out safe routes, as well as ensuring that you are on-course while underway.

NOTE: A laptop or Android tablet is required for this course. The class file does not run on an iPad.

Contact: Mike Landis with any questions. or 917-859-6824


This class has ten sessions:

September 23, 2024, 1830-2100  Mondays
January 13, 2025, 1830-2100  Mondays

Advanced Marine Navigation

$ 100.00$ 150.00

Advanced Marine Navigation

You are invited to attend the 2024 Advanced Marine Navigation class.

Advanced Marine Navigation is the second in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation. It continues to build coastal and inland navigation skill, allowing you to take on more challenging conditions – unfamiliar waters, limited visibility, and extended cruises. GPS is embraced as a primary navigation tool while adding radar, chartplotters, and other electronic navigation tools. As with Marine Navigation, the course includes many in-class exercises, advancing your skill through hands-on practice and learning.

Topics covered include:

•      Review of skills learned in Marine Navigation

•      Advanced positioning techniques such as advancing a line of position

•      Other electronics: radar, depth sounders, autopilots, chartplotters, laptop computer software, etc.

•      Hazard avoidance techniques using electronics (e.g., “keep out” zones in GPS)

•      Collision avoidance using radar and GPS

•      Working with tides: clearances, depth, effects of current

•      Piloting with wind and currents

•      The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course

Advanced registration is required so that adequate materials may be ordered.  Cost of the course for USPS members is $100.00 or $150 for nonmembers

Contact: Wink Thornton with any questions: or 914-883-6654

This class has 11 sessions.

Marine Navigation is a prerequisite.


September 12, 2024   1900-2100   Thursdays

February 20, 2025   1900-2100   Thursdays

Offshore Navigation

$ 100.00$ 150.00

Offshore Navigation

What happens when your GPS fails? Have fun and satisfy your curiosity about boating in the days before electronics in the Offshore Navigation course.  Learn to use a marine sextant to take sights on celestial objects such as the sun.  Even if you are not traveling long distances offshore, remember that GPS is not infallible, nor always available.  Be confident when no aids to navigation or land objects are in sight.

In Offshore Navigation, you will continue to use GPS as the primary position sensor as you learned in Marine Navigation and Advanced Marine Navigation, but with celestial navigation as your backup technique. Because terrestrial landmarks are no longer visible to the offshore navigator, you will learn to use a marine sextant and the sun as your reference point, derive a line of position, and develop a running fix. You will also learn to calculate your latitude from a noon sight on the sun.

This interesting and challenging course emphasizes the practical aspects of daytime celestial navigation. You will also learn to prepare a sight folder that documents your positioning skills using sights taken on the sun. The course will take approximately 13 weeks to complete and you will have two additional weeks to complete an open book exam.

Contact: Ed Fisch with any questions: or 941-923-5277

This class has 13 sessions.

Marine Navigation and Advanced Marine Navigation are prerequisites for this course.


September 12, 2024.  1830-2030.  Thursdays (no class on Thanksgiving)

Celestial Navigation

$ 100.00$ 150.00

Celestial Navigation

Learn navigation using all the celestial bodies! Use navigational software tools to plan and execute an offshore voyage. In the event of a loss of electronics on board, you’ll be glad you took this course and developed the necessary backup skills for an offshore voyage. Even if you have no plans to travel offshore, you will be able to impress your boating friends with your depth of celestial knowledge.

The Celestial Navigation course will teach you how to use the moon, planets, and stars to determine your position at morning and evening twilight to supplement daytime sights on the sun, moon, and bright planets. You will also get access to and use navigational software tools that can be used to plan and execute any voyage.

Course Requirements- Prior Completion of Marine Navigation, Advanced Marine Navigation & Coastal Navigation

Advanced Registration Required

Instructor: TBD

No class scheduled at this time