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Boating Education

USPS

Basic Course

America's Boating Course - Topics covered include boating safety, navigation rules and basic operating skills. Successful completion of the class will result in the Florida Boating Safety ID required for boaters born after January 1, 1988.

More ABC class details and class locations

Date Time Location To Register for this Course

Saturday January 16, 2016

9 AM to 4 PM

Wuesthoff Hospital in the Sports Medicine Building

Class complete

Please contact Marian at 321-452-3682 or e-mail Registrar@cbsps.org for more information


Advanced Grades

Seamanship - All skippers and passengers need to know the basics of boating to be assured of safe and enjoyable days on the water. This course discusses how to avoid and to deal with unexpected boating incidents. It gives the student an understanding of why a boat floats. It discusses hull designs and types of propulsion and how they affect movement through the water. It teaches techniques for safe departure and return to the dock. The USCG Rules of the Road are covered in depth. Marlinspike, learning to tie nautical knots, is the lead in to each night of class. At the end of the course, boaters will have greater confidence in their boating abilities.

More Seamanship details and class location

Start Date Time Location Register for Course
Class underway 7 pm - 9 pm

Cape Canaveral Hospital in the Medical Plaza Building

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Piloting - This class is an introduction to plotting onshore and near shore courses using both dead reckoning and GPS. The student learns the use of latitude and longitude in determining a position on the earth and how to plot the location onto a nautical chart. Dead reckoning is determined by a compass reading allowing for variation, speed and distance travelled by the boat in a set amount of time. This information as well as GPS locations, are plotted using standard plotting rules.

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Class will be scheduled in 2016    

 

Advanced Piloting - Building on the basics of Piloting, the students move onto more complex situations that include wind drift, tidal influences, adaptation to water height for bridge clearance, danger avoidance plotting and much more. The use of GPS and radar as a navigation tool are covered.

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Start Date Time Location Register for Course
Monday March 28, 2016 7pm - 9Pm Wuesthoff Hospital in the Sports Medicine Building Click Here

 

Junior Navigation - The ultimate off-shore navigation challenge is learning the art of celestial navigation. Students are instructed in the use of the Sextant and taught to reduce sights into meaningful locations on a chart. GPS skills are also incorporated. This class will test your skills and will lead to a sense of accomplishment as no other USPS class has done before.

More Junior Navigation details

Start Date Time Location Register for Course
Thursday September 10, 2015 7 pm - 9 pm Wuesthoff Hospital in the Sports Medicine Building Class underway

 

Navigation - Having mastered the use of the Sextant and offshore plotting, this advanced class takes the student further into the complexities of celestial navigation. Using stars and planets and adapting the element of time, the student charts his course with the added assistance of downloaded GPS.

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Start Date Time Location Register for Course
Based on interest in 2016     Class Complete

 

Please e-mail ChairAdvanced@cbsps.org for more information on Advanced Grades classes


Elective Courses

Cruising and Cruise Planning - Want to take a "road trip" on the water?  Gain the confidence and practical skills needed to explore ports and coves for a weekend or weeks at a time.  Take Cruising and Cruise Planning and join your fellow boaters for raft-ups and rendezvous up the river, down the bay, and along the coast.

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Note New Start Date

Time Location Register for Course
Monday January 4 2016 7 pm - 9 pm Wuesthoff Hospital Sports Medicine Building Click Here

 

Sail- From the basics of the sailing vocabulary to the specifics of handling a boat in all types of weather conditions, this class delves into the art of sailing in Florida waters. In addition, students learn advanced marlinspike skills. Instructors are experienced sailors with onshore, offshore and racing experience.

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Not scheduled      

 

Engine Maintenance -This course stresses the diagnosis of modern systems while teaching the basics of engine layout and operation.  Students are taught the aspects of how gasoline inboards, outboards and diesel engines work.  The class teaches how to diagnose problems and those “do-it-yourself” repairs that are possible in today’s sophisticated engines.

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Monday September 12, 2016 7 PM - 9 PM Wuesthoff Hospital Sports Medicine Building Click Here

 

Marine Electrical Systems-This class first covers the basic theory of electricity both AC and DC then moves onto the the practical use of multimeters and how to use them to trouble shoot basic electrical problems on your boat. It also looks at galvanic corrosion and lightning protection.

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Not Scheduled      

 

Marine Communication Systems - This is an in-depth review of communication systems available for the recreational boater.  An understanding of radio circuits also includes trouble shooting techniques.  Among the topics covered are the FCC Rules, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), High Seas radio and Family Radio transceiver.

More Marine Communication Systems details

Start Date Time Location Register for Course
Thursday March 24, 2016 7pm to 9pm

Note Location change:
Cape Canaveral Hospital in the Medical Plaza Building

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Marine Electronic Navigation - This course introduces GPS technology from the basic receiver to chart plotter systems for on board navigation.  The process of planning a cruise using this technology is based upon non-specific GPS units.  Special attention to apps for tablets and smart phones are included.  A basic knowledge of course plotting is required for this course.

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Start Date Time Location Register for Course
Thursday June 16, 2016 7pm to 9pm Wuesthoff Hospital Sports Medicine Building Click Here

 

Weather -Understanding and predicting weather is a challenging undertaking. This course deals with the basic principles of meteorology, the science of the atmosphere. Students learn about weather systems and their interactions which can lead to making predictions as to what the boater can expect when planning a weekend outing.

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Not Scheduled      

 

Please e-mail ChairElectives@cbsps.org for more information on Elective classes


Boat Operator Certificate Program

Developed by UPSP for its members, this multi-level recreational boating proficiency program certifies a boater’s educational and on-the-water  boat operating abilities. There are three levels, each with its own requirements.  Currently, CBSPS members may enroll in the Inland Navigator and Coastal Navigator programs.  Details for the requirements can be obtained by emailing the Chairman of BOC at: BOC@cbsps.org

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