Virtual Zoom/ In person for 8 weeks
There is something very special about the thrill of cruising in new waters and the sense of accomplishment upon completing an extended cruise. To go beyond what most boaters do on a weekend overnight or even a week or so marina hopping requires boaters to leave their normal cruising areas and comfort zones. The Cruising and Cruise Planning course focuses on the planning and preparation necessary for safe enjoyable extended cruises on both inland and coastal waters.Designed for members who cruise on either a sail or powerboat (owned or chartered)—this course covers the following topics:
The Cruising and Cruise Planning Course can be comfortably taught in eight two-hour sessions including time for review and the multiple choice closed book exam, but each instructor will determine the pace of the course.
DURATION approximately 8 weeks
The course is centered around the 8-hour America’s Boating Course®. This class is NASBLA approved and USCG recognized and will satisfy NC safe boating requirements for anyone under 26 years of age. For new boaters or boaters new to the Shallotte River coastal area we have expanded the program to include our exclusive “Local Knowledge”. Family Members/Friends can share materials at no extra charge.
DURATION 3 NIGHTS
Advanced Piloting is the second in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation. It builds 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, chartplotters, and other electronic navigation tools.
DURATION 10 WEEKS
Overwhelmed by all those functions on your GPS or chart plotter? Want to use your tablet or smartphone to help you navigate on your boat? Interested in using a desktop computer program to plan your cruise and then copy that information to your GPS? This course covers the topics you need and want to know.
This course is usually completed in eight two-hour sessions, followed by an exam.
DURATION 7-8 WEEKS
Sail is a completely new sail course created to serve the needs of the novice and experienced sailor, as well as the non-sailor, for basic skills and knowledge. The course starts with basic sailboat designs and nomenclature, rigging, safety, and sail processes and then tackles the physical aspects of sailing forces and techniques, sail applications, marlinespike, helmsmanship and handling of more difficult sailing conditions, navigation rules, and an introduction to heavy weather sailing. Appendices provide an introduction to sailboat racing and sailing in Canadian waters.
This new Sail course is a single volume Student and Instructor Manual (IM) developed in cooperation with the Canadian Sail & Power Squadron. Course instructional materials include material in Microsoft PowerPoint® format with embedded animations that require additional software to perform correctly
Course completion is documented by a closed book exam graded by USPS Headquarters.
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