Education

Congratulations on your interest in furthering your Boating Education!

SPSPS offers a wide spectrum of advanced and specialty courses. If you choose to become a member of SPSPS, these outstanding educational opportunities all become available to you at a significant discount.

SPSPS currently offers 14 courses. Most run 10 to 12 weeks, one evening per week – a few are shorter, a few are longer. All are now being restructured into modules of about 6 weeks each to give squadrons and members maximum scheduling flexibility. Only a few of the advanced topics have any prerequisite courses.

To take advantage of the member rates, simply join the St. Petersburg Sail & Power Squadron.

Current courses

Feb
23
Thu
6:30 pm Junior Navigation @ SPYC Sailing Center
Junior Navigation @ SPYC Sailing Center
Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Junior Navigation is the first in a two-part program of study in offshore navigation, followed by the Navigation course. It is designed as a practical “how to” course. Subject matter includes: Precise time determination Use of the Nautical Almanac Taking sextant sights of the sun Reducing sights to establish lines of position Special charts and plotting sheets for offshore navigation ...
Feb
27
Mon
7:00 pm America’s Boating Course (ABC1) @ SPYC Sailing Center
America’s Boating Course (ABC1) @ SPYC Sailing Center
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
America's Boating Course (ABC1) @ SPYC Sailing Center | Saint Petersburg | Florida | United States
If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating knowledge course, check out America’s Boating Course. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America’s Boating Course. And, this basic boating knowledge course will give you the education required by most states to obtain a state boat license or operator certificate. This basic ...
Feb
28
Tue
7:00 pm Weather course @ SPYC Sailing Center
Weather course @ SPYC Sailing Center
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The safety and comfort of those who venture out-on-the water have always been weather dependent. In this course students will become keener observers of the weather, but weather observations only have meaning in the context of the basic principles of meteorology — the science of the atmosphere. The course focuses on how weather systems form, behave, move, and interact with ...

Current seminars

May
17
Wed
7:00 pm Rules of the road @ SPYC Sailing Center
Rules of the road @ SPYC Sailing Center
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Register now This seminar provides and explanation with examples of the 37 Rules of the Road for both the U.S. Inland Rules and the International Rules (COLREGS). It simplifies the sometimes complex law relating to boat operation for the recreational boater. It is a starting point for study preparation for the USCG License Examination. This seminar includes McGraw Hill’s The ...
Jun
21
Wed
7:00 pm Anchoring @ SPYC Sailing Center
Anchoring @ SPYC Sailing Center
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This seminar covers selection of anchor, rode and components; anchor selection for sea conditions and bottom characteristics; deployment and recovery of anchors. It also includes tables for sizing an anchor and components, and information for determining loads under various conditions. Includes the USPS Anchoring Quick Guide and Student Notes with copies of the slides. Maximum of 20 students. Pre-registration required. ...
Aug
16
Wed
7:00 pm Tides & Currents @ SPYC Sailing Center
Tides & Currents @ SPYC Sailing Center
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Register now This 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 current flow and how to use both print and electronic tide tables. Maximum of 20 students. Pre-registration required. Download the poster: Tides & Currents