Education

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

SPSPS currently offers 14 courses for its members. 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. All of the rest will be available to you as soon as you join SPSPS and whenever they are offered by your local squadron or another squadron nearby.

Upcoming Courses

Mar 15 Tue 7:00 pm Instructor Development Instructor Development Edit Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Instructor Development provides you with practical techniques and training in making effective presentations – whether as a teacher, meeting chair, public speaker, or everyday conversationalist. 7:00 pm Weather Weather Edit Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Weather teaches you the basic structure and characteristics of our atmosphere, how to interpret weather maps and reports, and how to make your own skilled observations – all keyed to helping you predict and anticipate weather developments affecting your boating. Mar 22 Tue 7:00 pm Instructor Development Instructor Development Edit Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Instructor Development provides you with practical techniques and training in making effective presentations – whether as a teacher, meeting chair, public speaker, or everyday conversationalist. 7:00 pm Weather Weather Edit Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Weather teaches you the basic structure and characteristics of our atmosphere, how to interpret weather maps and reports, and how to make your own skilled observations – all keyed to helping you predict and anticipate weather developments affecting your boating. Mar 24 Thu 7:00 pm Navigation Navigation Edit Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Navigation further develops your understanding of celestial navigation theory and your skills in sight taking and reduction. Also learn to navigate with only minimal survival gear in the event of a disabling boat accident. 7:00 pm Piloting Piloting Edit Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if … Mar 28 Mon 7:00 pm America’s Boating Course (ABC) America’s Boating Course (ABC) Edit Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm   The America’s Boating Course presented by SPSPS is available to anyone 12 or older. Instruction is free. Cost of the text and materials is $40.00 plus $10 for each additional family member. Mar 29 Tue 7:00 pm Instructor Development Instructor Development Edit Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Instructor Development provides you with practical techniques and training in making effective presentations – whether as a teacher, meeting chair, public speaker, or everyday conversationalist. 7:00 pm Weather Weather Edit Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Weather teaches you the basic structure and characteristics of our atmosphere, how to interpret weather maps and reports, and how to make your own skilled observations – all keyed to helping you predict and anticipate weather developments affecting your boating. Mar 31 Thu 7:00 pm Navigation Navigation Edit Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Navigation further develops your understanding of celestial navigation theory and your skills in sight taking and reduction. Also learn to navigate with only minimal survival gear in the event of a disabling boat accident. View Calendar