Seminars

The USPS Seminar Series offers short, focused courses on several subjects of interest to boat operators and crews. Designed for boaters who want to gain knowledge about one specific topic, they are open to the general public as well as USPS members. Experienced boaters who do not feel the need for multi-session boating courses will find that seminars provide explicit information on subjects of interest to them. Beginning boaters will find the opportunity to understand topics that may seem buried beneath layers of jargon. Seminars complement the longer courses on boating subjects offered by USPS.

The Seminar Series is a part of the new USPS University education program. The entire program will include a comprehensive education plan both for the public and for squadron members, leading to an on-the-water Boat Operator Certification program.

Below is a comprehensive list of all seminars we offer. Those that have passed will be offered again in the future. If you wish to register for a seminar, click on the Seminar Name for details and contact information.

 

Upcoming 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
Aug
23
Wed
7:00 pm Marine Radar @ SPYC Sailing Center
Marine Radar @ SPYC Sailing Center
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Register now 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. Includes The Basic Radar Book written by Kevin Monahan and Student Notes with copies of slides. Maximum 20 students. Pre-registration required. Download the poster: Marine Radar