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San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron​​

Our Public Classes

We offer several classes to increase boater knowledge and skills. These classes are open to the public (membership is not required). The classes are presented as a public service by the Squadron and are taught by experienced Squadron members.

You can see detailed descriptions of the classes by clicking the class titles. You can also view the class schedules.
Member Courses
We offer members of USPS "Advanced Grade" and "Elective" courses.

                      Advanced Grade Courses

Five Advanced Grade courses are offered. They are designed to be taken in sequence because each builds on skills taught in the previous course.​​
Seamanship


Seamanship covers basic deck seamanship, marlinspike (knots and ropes), anchoring and rafting, basic boat care and maintenance, and nautical and USPS customs and etiquette.
Course cost: $50.00 Classes held on Wednesday evenings 7:00pm Squadron Classroom, Class starting Date TBA​

                    Coastal Navigation-Piloting



This is the first and most basic navigation course, covering chart reading, course plotting, and basic coastal or inland navigation, including basic GPS usage. This course goes into more detail than the charting information covered in the public courses.
Course cost: $75.00 includes "The Weekend Navigator". Course Plotter, Parallel Rules & Dividers are required. Students bring their own.
Classes held Tuesday afternoons, duration 6-8 weeks.
Class starting date January 16, 2018, 2:00pm Squadron Classroom

   Advanced Coastal Navigation-Advanced Piloting




This course covers more advanced coastal navigation techniques, navigation in tides and currents, and more advanced GPS and Rader usage.
Course cost: $55.00 (Includes "The Weekend Navigator")
Course only: $40.00 Classes held Tuesday mornings 9:00am - 11:00am Squadron Classroom, Class starting date January 9, 2018

Junior Navigation



Junior Navigation teaches the basics of offshore navigation, including basic celestial navigation using the sun and offshore course planning.
  
                                       Navigation



Navigation is the most advanced navigation course taught by USPS, covering more advanced celestial navigation techniques, emergency navigation, and additional sight reduction techniques.


Elective Courses

Six Elective Courses are offered. They cover separate and independent topics and therefore may be taken in any order according to a member’s interests and time.

Engine Maintenance covers the operating principles and basic care and maintenance of outboard and inboard engines, including diesels.
This course is offered by Cape Coral Power Squadron
Course Cost: $52.00 - $25.00 deposit upon registration. Date to be announced.

Marine Electronics
covers installation and maintenance of both boat electrical systems (AC and DC) and marine electronics (VHF radio, radar, GPS, etc).

Cruise Planning covers topics of interest for someone planning a cruise – whether for just a weekend or for a year – including preparation and planning, anchoring, security, chartering, and cruising outside the US.

Weather covers weather forecasting and reading weather patterns on-board.

Sail covers everything from the basic elements of how a sailboat works to sail trim, rig tuning, and sailboat racing.

Instructor Development teaches effective communication skills for not only USPS instructors but everyone, covering various methods of presenting information to others, effective use of audiovisual aids (including PowerPoint), etc. This class is scheduled for: January 12, 2015 9:30 - 11:30 there will be 6 sessions.

If one or more of these member courses interest you, Register Online.

Member Courses generally start in January. They meet weekly at our classroom. Class schedules will be developed to best accomadate the students
is our basic boating class. The class will cover the basics of boat handling, PWCs, required equipment, navigation aids and rules, and dealing with emergencies. It will provide instruction and examination for laws and regulations of the State of Florida. The course is a total of 8 hours spread over two days. Read a detailed description of the course by clicking on "America's Boating Course 3rd Edition".
    America's Boating Course 3rd Edition:

​                        Class schedule   


SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES:

Check in for Saturday Classes begins at 8:15am
Class begins promptly at 8:30am

Saturday, October 7, 2017 ABC part one (Class Canceled)
Saturday, October 14, 2017 ABC part two and exam

Saturday, November 4, 2017 ABC part one (Class Canceled)
Saturday, November 11, 2017 ABC part two and exam

Saturday, December 2, 2017 ABC part one
Saturday, December 9, 2017 ABC part two and exam

Saturday, January 6, 2018 ABC part one
Saturday, January 13, 2018 ABC part two and exam

Saturday, February 3, 2018 ABC part one
Saturday, February 10, 2018 ABC part two and exam

Saturday, March 3, 2018 ABC part one
Saturday, March 10, 2018 ABC part two and exam

Saturday, April 7, 2018 ABC part one
Saturday, April 14, 2018 ABC part two and exam

Note: Course dates subject to change
To Register
Call (239) 466-4040
Click to Register OnLine 
Is our course for boaters in the Ft. Myers area. The Local Waters class is directed toward new boaters and boaters new to the area, as well as those who wish to learn chart reading. Using Chart 11427, boaters will learn some of the basics of navigation in the Fort Myers Area. Students whould bring their own copies of the chart. Read a detailed description of the course by clicking on "Local Waters - Local Chart".
          Local Waters - Local Chart:

​                Class Schedule

SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES:

Check in for all Classes begins at 8:15am
Class begins promptly at 8:30am

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018
To Register
Call (239) 466-4040
Click to Register OnLine