Seminars

Advanced Powerboat Handling: This seminar is a three-part series: Close Quarters Maneuvering, How Boats Behave and Seas, and Handling at Sea. The seminar shows you how your boat will behave and why in response to your controls. You'll understand what the pro's have learned the hard way. This gets you there faster, and with confidence.


Anchoring: The Anchoring Seminar has been prepared to assist boaters in understanding the issues and problems involving the theories of anchor weight, the methods used to anchor, and the choices of anchor types for the area of boating.

 

Basic Coastal Navigation:  In this seminar, you will learn practical techniques to plan, navigate, and check your progress on the water. You will develop situational awareness skills using your eyes and navigation tools to quickly point to your position on a chart, and be able to use backup techniques when the electronics become suspect. This seminar will help captain and crew navigate safely and comfortably.

 

Boat Handling under Power: This seminar shows boaters how to depart and dock under a variety of conditions as well as all about trimming the boat underway. The seminar materials include a waterproof USPS Captain's Quick Guide and Student Notes.

 

Boating on Rivers, Locks and Lakes: The seminar deals with such varied topics as special navigation rules for rivers, the Western Rivers System of buoys and marks, river currents, "reading" a river, jetties and wing dams, the intricacies of locking through, and communicating with lock masters and bridge tenders.

 

Crossing Borders:  This seminar explains the immigration and customs process and the programs that enable boaters to easily cross into Canada, Mexico or the Bahamas. Be prepared by having the correct documents; we can help you get there.

 

Emergencies on Board:  This seminar is designed to prepare the prudent skipper for those unfortunate situations involving accidents and emergencies on board. It will provide the skipper with the information to prepare adequately for common emergencies and how to actually deal with them when they occur. Topics such as preventing accidents, running aground, fire, getting lost, towing, medical conditions, as well as other often-encountered emergencies are covered.

 

Fuel and Boating: This seminar assists the student in understanding the issues and problems involving the handling of gasoline and diesel fuel and how these issues relate to boating. Sections deal with computing and evaluating fuel consumption, system care and safety, and environmental issues associated with fueling a boat.

 

How to Use a Chart:  Charts provide information essential to your safety afloat. Even with GPS and electronic navigation, the chart is needed to tell you what is around you and between you and your intended destination. A system of symbols is used by cartographers to tell you what lies below the surface of the water and the depths of water. There is key information about visible landmarks and navigation aids to help you navigate your course. The chart also is your link with the GPS via its grid scale, compass rose, and distance scales. A brief introduction to latitude and longitude provides insight to the operation of GPS receivers.

 

Knots, Bends, and Hitches Seminar: A hands-on "learn how to tie knots" program geared to a wide range of audiences. The kit comes with a copy of the USPS Guide Knots, Bends and Hitches for Mariners, a copy of the slide notes and a kit including a die-cut knot board and two lengths of line. Participants learn about knots, learn to tie a set of the most useful knots, and then get to take the whole package home with them to practice these and a whole host of other knots described in the book.

 

Man Overboard: This seminar is designed to teach boaters how to react, and then, how to recover a crewmember or passenger who accidentally falls overboard. The seminar covers vessel set-up and man overboard (MOB) equipment as well as maneuvering to keep the rescuer close to the person in the water. It also covers the responsibility of the person in the water in this emergency situation and methods of recovering that person.

 

Marine RADAR: This seminar covers how radar functions, radar selection, operation of the radar under various conditions including setting of controls, display interpretation, basic navigation, and collision avoidance using radar.

 

Mariner's Compass: The marine compass is still the boaters primary navigation tool, and an essential tool when all else fails. This seminar explains how to select, install, calibrate and use your compass on board your boat. You will learn which features are most important and what will work best for you, how to deal with variation between true and magnetic north, and how to adjust your compass to remove most of the deviation caused by local magnetic influences.

 

Onboard Weather Forecasting Seminar: The seminar explains weather systems, how to understand clouds and their changes, using changing wind direction, temperature, and pressure to hone in on emerging weather fronts.Mastering the Rules of the Road


Partner in Command: This seminar provides an introduction to boating for crew members who need basic information and who may or may not have taken a boating course. It is designed to provide essential information one may require to assist a skipper in the safe operation of a recreational boat.

 

Practical On The Water Training: This is an eight hour seminar with the perfect combination of classroom training and hands-on On-The-Water training. It provides an explanation of how your boat handles and why. Video clips let you visualize the maneuvers prior to your experiencing them on the water. It covers use of lines, departing the dock, operating in a fairway, pivoting, mooring, backing, docking, steering - slalom, holding course - range, and a quick stop.

 

Sail Trim and Rig Tuning Seminar: Everything you need to know about: Mainsail trim and shaping, Headsail trim and shaping, Rig tuning for safety and efficiency, Maximum performance and more.

 

Tides and Currents: The seminar deals with how the sun and moon create tidal patterns, sources of information about tides and tidal currents, simple ways to predict height of tide and speed of current flow and how to use both print and electronic tide tables.

 

Trailering Your Boat: Trailering Your Boat explains how to select tow vehicles, hitches, and trailers. It also explains how to safely and securely trailer your boat, launch and retrieve it, and how to operate and maintain your trailering equipment. The seminar comes with an excellent new book Trailering Your Boat, written by Bruce Smith and published as a USPS Guide by McGraw-Hill. This book serves as an excellent reference on all of these topics. The seminar includes video segments provided by the US Coast Guard and excellent slide notes.

 

Using GPS Seminar: GPS has become a common tool for navigation. However using GPS on the water is distinctly different from a moving map display in your car. This seminar explains the principles of waypoint navigation which you will use. It then shows you how to relate the GPS to your charts which provide essential information about what is around you.

 

Using VHF & VHF/DSC Marine Radio: Everything you need to know about using VHF and SSB radio: How VHF's work and their controls, Using the correct channels, Correct procedures and terminology, Advanced methods of communication, How DSC's work and their controls, Practice DSC calls • using the included CD simulator and more.