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Ecucational Opportunities

United States Power Squadrons, D/7 provides many educational opportunities to both the boating public and to its members. One of the key concepts of the United States Power Squadrons, D/7 is the self-education of its members, meaning that successful students go on to teach other students to perpetuate boating knowledge. USPS instructors who teach public courses are also certified regarding their ability to teach and use modern instructional methods.

We offer Basic Boating Courses, Seminars, Advanced Grades, and Electives. For more information click on USPS Courses

United States Power Squadrons Education Department

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Basic sail: sailboat rigs, sail plans, boat design, hull types, standing and running rigging,wind, preparing to sail, and more

Engine Maintenance

Diagnosis of modern systems, basics of engine layout and operationSeamanship


Basic weather knowledge for safe and more enjoyable boating; weather predicting based on observation, barometer and wind information; more

Marine Electronics

Electrical Systems
Covers the practice of wiring your boat, including boat electrical wiring practices and diagrams, direct and alternating current power, galvanic and stray current corrosion, and lightning protection. Troubleshooting is emphasized throughout, so students should feel comfortable performing even tricky wiring tasks after passing this course.
Marine Communicaton Systems

An in-depth review of communications systems available to the recreational boater.

Cruise Planning

Planning for a day or a year

Instructor Development

Prerequisite for boating course instructors

(After completion of all Advanced Grades and Elective Courses, members earn the grade of "SN")

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