PUBLIC SAFE BOATING

USPS provides basic boating education to the public via its America's Boating Course online and through San Juan Power Squadron including Law 430 ( Ley 430 - DRNA ) to comply with local regulations.  For further details on San Juan Power Squadron’s local public safe boating course visit us at http://sanjuanpowersquadron.org/educationalcourses.html

 ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL OFFERING


San Juan Power Squadron provides many educational opportunities to both the boating public and to its members. One of the key concepts of the United States Power Squadrons is the self-education of its members, meaning that successful students go on to teach other students to perpetuate boating knowledge. USPS instructors who teach public courses are also certified regarding their ability to teach and use modern instructional methods.

ADVANCED GRADES:

Five Advanced Grade courses are offered by USPS to its members.  They are designed to be taken in sequence because each builds on skills taught in the previous course. Learn how to become a member of USPS and take any or all of these courses at a discount. The Advanced Grades are a series of in-depth navigational courses, and completion of the highest level course determines a member's "grade". Letter grades may appear in USPS printed materials while insignia appear on a member's uniform. Descriptions of these courses, as well as the letter grades and insignia, and course offering details are given in the tables below.

Please note: To asure that course material will be on hand, paid registration must be made with the Instructor at least 45 days prior to class start date. Those registering late or at class beginning will have to start without their student manuals.  All active,family members and public in general are elegible to attend the above USPS courses.  

Non-Members may take Squadron courses on a space available basis with a course cost of twice the (members) listed cost. 

IT REALLY PAYS TO JOIN SAN JUAN POWER SQUADRON

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Seamanship (S): August 2017

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Building on the basics taught in the USPS Boating Course, SEAMANSHIP is the recommended first advance course for new members either powerboaters, sailors and jetski enthusiasts. The student learns practical marlinspike, navigation rules, hull design and performance, responsibilities of the skipper, boat care, operating a boat under normal and abnormal conditions, what to do in various emergencies and weather conditions, nautical customs and common courtesy on the water. This course provides a needed introduction to the USPS educational program and a strong foundation for the member going on to take other Advanced Grades courses and/or cruise planning or sail. 

Prerequisite: Boating , ASA 101 or Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Elements Covered ● practice marlinespike, ● Navigational Rules ● Hull design and performance ● Responsibilities of the skipper ● Boat care ● Operating a boat under normal and abnormal conditions, and much more 

Cost ( Members / Non Members ) :
$ 70    Individual 
$ 105  2nd family member sharing materials ( optional )
$ 35    Participants with books ( same book edition )
$ 140  Non Members

Instructors : LT Juan Herrans AP * Lt/C Ricardo Negrón,AP

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Building on the basics taught in the USPS Boating Course, SEAMANSHIP is the recommended first advance course for new members either powerboaters, sailors and jetski enthusiasts. The student learns practical marlinspike, navigation rules, hull design and performance, responsibilities of the skipper, boat care, operating a boat under normal and abnormal conditions, what to do in various emergencies and weather conditions, nautical customs and common courtesy on the water. This course provides a needed introduction to the USPS educational program and a strong foundation for the member going on to take other Advanced Grades courses and/or cruise planning or sail. Prerequisite: Boating , ASA 101 or Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Elements Covered ● practicar marlinespike, ● Navigational Rules ● Hull design and performance ● Responsibilities of the skipper ● Boat care ● Operating a boat under normal and abnormal conditions, and much more 

Cost ( Members / Non Members ) :
$ 70    Individual 
$ 105  2nd family member sharing materials ( optional )
$ 35    Participants with books ( same book edition )
$ 140  Non Members

Instructora : LT Juan Herrans AP * Lt/C Ricardo Negrón,AP


Piloting ( P ) :2018


PILOTING is the first of a two-part program of study of inland and coastal navigation. Focus is on the fundamentals of basic piloting -- keeping track of your movements on the water, determining where you are at any given moment, and laying out a course to your planned destination. Included are a thorough study of charts and their use, aids to navigation, mariner's compass, variation and deviation, bearings, dead reckoning, and developing skill at plotting and labeling. 

No Prerequisite
 although Seamanship is recommended


Elements Covered ● keep track of a boat movement ● Determining position at any time ● Lay-out courses to a planned destination. ● about mariners compass including Variation and Deviation ● Plotting courses. ● use of charts & intro to GPS.


Cost ( Members / Non Members ) :
80    Individual 
120  2nd family member sharing materials ( optional )
40    Participants with books ( same book edition )
160  Non Members
Instructor Lt. Guillermo ( Guillo ) Mulet,AP
Assistant : Lt/C. Alejandro Aguirrechu ( Agui ),AP

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ADVANCE PILOTING is the final part of the Finland and coastal navigation series. This material continues to build on the base developed in Piloting, and includes practical use of additional electronic navigation systems and other advanced techniques for finding position. Among topics covered are: finding position using bearings and angles, collision avoidance using GPS and RADAR, what to do when the electronics fail, tides, currents and wind and their effect on piloting, and electronic navigation with GPS, chart plotters, RADAR, autopilots, etc. Application of course vectors takes place through practical in-class and at-home execrases.


Prerequisites: Piloting


* Both Seamanship and Piloting must be completed before USPS will certify a member for Advanced Piloting


Cost ( Members / Non Members ) :
$ 60    Individual 
$ 90    2nd family member sharing materials ( optional )
$ 35    Participants with books ( same book edition )
$120  Non Members


Instructors : Lt. Guillermo Mulet, AP * P/C Gustavo Nevares, N


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Junior Navigation (JN): 

JUNIOR NAVIGATOR is the first of a two-parts program of study in offshore (open ocean) navigation. It is designed as a practicar, 'how to' course leaving the theoretical and more advanced techniques for the NAVIGATION course. 

The subject matter includes: the basic concepts of celestial navigation; how to use the mariner's sextant to take sights of the sun, moon, planets, and stars; the importance and techniques of accurate time determination; use of the nautical almanac; how to 'reduce' sights to establish lines 
of position (LOPs); and, the use of special charts, plotting sheets, and other navigational 
data for offshore positioning and passage planning. 

Prerequisites: PILOTING and ADVANCED PILOTING

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Senior Navigation (SN):

SENIOR NAVIGATOR is the second part of the study of offshore navigation. It further develops the student's understanding of celestial navigation theory, essential to shortcut emergency 
methods. The student is introduced to additional sight reduction techniques and develops 
greater skill and precision in sight taking, positioning, and the orderly methods of 
carrying on the day's work of a navigator at sea. Of particular interest and importance 
is the study of offshore navigation using minimal data and/or equipment, such as when 
on a disabled vessel or lifeboat. 

Prerequisites: SEAMANSHIP, PILOTING, ADVANCED PILOTING and JUNIOR NAVIGATION

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ELECTIVE COURSES



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SEMINARS