Educate Me

Since 1914 experienced boaters from local squadrons have presented introductory courses to more than 3 million people.

Learning to boat well is important; the increased knowledge will enhance your safety on the water and your enjoyment of the sport. All programs are designed to foster a high standard of skill in the handling and navigation of personal water craft, small power boats, yachts, sailing vessels, canoes and kayaks.

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One of the main goals of USPS is “boating safety through education” and our USPS instructors who teach public courses are certified. Our basic boating courses meet state specific and National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) requirements for certification, and were developed by our National organization to be useful to all boaters, from the fisherman or water skier in an outboard, or a day sailor, to the skipper of a large cruiser or sailboat.

All boaters at the helm are subject to nautical rules and regulations. Skippers should learn good operating practices and techniques which will enhance your confidence and fun on the water. The courses have proven to be of interest to the entire family; older children are welcome. We encourage your family to attend as a group.