Boating education is one of the three sides of the United States Power Squadrons® mission.  USPS and the Catawba Sail and Power Squadron conduct courses in boating and related maritime skills at five levels. 

To visit the United States Power Squadrons Educational Department Homepage CLICK HERE.

Basic boating safety and boat handling skills are taught in the USPS America’s Boating Course©, our entry level public boating course. 

USPS members (and the boating public) can follow up on the skills learned in the ABC Course by taking the progressively more technical Advanced Grade Courses of Seamanship, Piloting, Advanced Piloting, Junior Navigation and Navigation. 

A series of Elective Courses in such topics as Weather, Sailing, Engine Maintenance and Marine Electronics.  USPS offers an outstanding Instructor Development Course that is not limited to teaching boating or maritime courses.  The Instructor Development Course is open to the Public.

Additionally, USPS offers more than twenty shorter Seminar Courses covering topics ranging from Advanced Powerboat Handling to Using GPS, VHF radios and marine RADAR.

Finally, USPS is developing a series of on-the-water Boat Operator's Certification courses where USPS will certify members at various levels of recreational boatin proficiency.

For more information on each of the four levels of courses click the images below.
ABC Course
Advanced Grade Courses
Elective Courses
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