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.

Upcoming seminars

Partner in Command

This seminar provides the First Mate with the knowledge to bring the boat and skipper back to port safely should the skipper fall overboard or become disabled. Each student will receive the full student guide with copies of the slides especially written for the seminar.

BONUS ON THE WATER TRAINING: On Saturday, June 3rd a seasoned salt from SPSPS will go out on your boat to review with you and your first mate the skills reviewed on Wednesday.  We will assign sailors with those with sailboats and powerboaters for those with powerboats.  When you sign up please let us know which seasoned salt you’d like.

Maximum of 20 students.

31 May 2017 | Members $25 | Non-members $30 | Captain & Mate $35
Pre-registration required


Hurricanes & Boats

This mini-seminar covers how to select a location and prepare your boat for a hurricane. Includes Student Notes with copies of the slides.

Maximum of 20 students.

21 June 2017
Pre-registration required




Not yet scheduled or already passed:

  • Advanced Power Boat Handling (TBA)
  • Anchoring (TBA) 
  • Basic Coastal Navigation (TBA)
  • Basic Weather & Forecasting (25 Jan 2017) $35
  • Boat Handling Under Power (TBA)
  • How to Use a Chart (19 April) $35 members | $40 non-members
  • Knots, Bends & Hitches (TBA)
  • Marine Radar (TBA) $35
  • Mariner's Compass (TBA)
  • Onboard Emergencies (22 Feb 2017)
  • Paddle Smart (15 Feb 2017) $35
  • Rivers, Lakes & Locks (TBA)
  • Rules of the Road (TBA) 
  • Sail Trim and Rigging (22 Mar 2017 postponed) | Members $25 | Non-members $30
  • Tides & Currents (TBA) $20
  • Trailering  (TBA)
  • Using GPS (15 Mar 2017) | Members $25 | Non-members $30
  • Using VHF/DCS Marine Radio (TBA)