One of the key philosophies of USPS-America’s Boating Club is the self-education of its members, with a certified training program where successful students gain experience and then go on to teach other students to perpetuate boating knowledge. Our instructors bring many years of practical experience to the classroom using modern instructional techniques.
Experienced Squadron members provide classes in all boating topics throughout the year. They are open to sailors of all skill levels, members or non-members. These classes include instructor led courses, on-the-water and in the classroom, along with seminars and workshops on many boating topics.
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Date: 10/10/2020 Saturday
Where: Southwestern Yacth Club
Rules of The Road Seminar: Master the rules of the road with hands on activities and practice on the finer points. Great as an introduction or review for experienced mariners. Saturday, October 10: 9am-12 COST: $5, includes text America’s Boating Club®
Descriptions of all our offerings:
AMERICA’S BOATING CLUB, SAN DIEGO 2020 EDUCATION SCHEDULE (ALL COURSES taught at Southwestern Yacht Club)
Offshore Navigation/ Junior Navigation (requires P and AP): This course will introduce you to using a sextant to calculate your geographic location based on sun sights. The skills developed include understanding local time, and using special charts and graphs to reduce sights, and determining latitude by noon sights. Tuesdays, Jan 21 – Mar 24 7pm-9pm COST: $90 (members only)
Electronic Navigation: This course covers using GPS, Chart plotters and chart plotting software in order to navigate with electronics. We will also look at using apps and incorporating AIS information into your decision making. Thursdays, Feb 6 – April 16 COST: $60 members/ $110 non members
America’s Boating Course: This course introduces basic boating skills in a weekend. The certificate that you receive upon passing the final exam is valid for receiving a California Boater’s Card. CANCELLED Friday, Feb 7, 2020: 6-9pm AND Saturday, Feb 8, 2020: 9am-5pm COST: $50 members/ $50 non members
VHF/DSC Seminar: Learn how to use your VHF properly, including hands on practice for calls and setting up your own VHF to use the DSC “Distress” button. CANCELLED Saturday, March 7, 2020 9am-12pm COST: $20, includes text and DSC simulator
Cruise Planning: COVID CANCELLED - Learn how to prepare a cruise, be it for a day, a week or around the world, including planning the route, provisioning, anchoring, and communications. Taught by experienced cruisers. Tuesdays April 21 – June 14, 7-9pm COST: $60 members/ $110 non members
Paddle Smart Seminar AND PADDLING EVENT: CANCELLED - Join us for a seminar on paddling safety, bring your paddle craft to put in the water with your friends! Saturday, April 25: 9am-12 COST: $20, includes text
Mariner’s Compass Seminar: CANCELLED - Learn the ins and outs of your compass onboard, including “swinging ship” to account for how your boat affects the compass itself. Saturday, May 23: 9am-12 COST: $20, includes text
America’s Boating Course: CANCELLED - This course introduces basic boating skills in a weekend. The certificate that you receive upon passing the final exam is valid for receiving a California Boater’s Card. Friday, June 26: 6pm-9pm AND June 27: 9am-5pm COST: $50 members/ $50 non members
Rules of The Road Seminar: Master the rules of the road with hands on activities and practice on the finer points. Great as an introduction or review for experienced mariners. Saturday, Aug 22: 9am-12 COST: $20, includes text America’s Boating Club®
Partners in Command Seminar: This seminar is meant to get the conversation going between skippers and crew so that everyone feels comfortable and can act safely in an emergency. Saturday, Sep 12: 9am – 12 COST: $20, includes text
Celestial Navigation/ Navigation (requires P, AP and JN): This course builds on use of the sextant to add in navigation by the stars. Tuesdays, Sep 15 – Nov 17 COST: $150 (members only)
Boat Handling/ Seamanship: This course builds on the basics of ABC and covers Rules of the Road: A Practical Approach; Confidence in Docking and Undocking: Slow-Speed Maneuvering; Boating with Confidence: Handling Your Boat Under Way; Anchoring with Assurance: Don't Get Carried Away; Emergencies on Board: Preparation for Handling Common Problems; Knots and Line Handling: The Knots You Need to Know Thursdays, Sep 17 – Nov 19 COST: $60 members/ $110 non membersClick here to pre-register for any course CANCELLED: