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Classes
     “Come for the Boating Education....Stay for the Friends.”

We offer numerous courses throughout the year starting with the ABC Course. Our Seminars on such things as GPS, Weather and using your VHF radio are for both members and non-members. Our Advanced grade courses are offered to members only and include such classes as Piloting, Advanced Piloting, Junior Navigation, Navigation and a number of Elective courses. Check regularly to see what courses are scheduled so you can sign up early.

As a new feature this year, members of WSSPS are encouraged to take any of these classes as a "self study" effort as we will assign to you a member of the squadron to act as a tutor.

Send an e-mail to Education@wssps.org for contact information for specific classes. Someone will contact you shortly after receiving your message.

On Monday, May 16th, we will offer the Partner in Command Seminar at New Hope United Methodist Church at 5125 Shattalon Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27021 (the church with the boat in the front parking lot) from 7 - 9 PM. I'll have sign up online and if folks are interested, please let me know in the next couple of weeks so that I can order materials. The cost for the seminar is $15.

We will again offer Piloting on Thursday nights, May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, and June 2nd, 9th, 23rd, and 30th at New Hope UMC from 7-9 PM with makeup dates in July. Cost for the course is $60. This course is open to new students as well as those who have begun Piloting and need to complete the course and take the test, or just want a refresher.

Please contact me if you are interested! If you want to register for one of these classes or help teach, please give me a call at (336) 413-6490 or email at scoutingplus@aol.com.

 

United States Power Squadrons

Happy New Year!! To kick off 2015 the Winston-Salem Sail and Power Squadron will be offering two USPS seminars, the ABC-3 boating safety course, and the USPS "Instructor Development" course.

On Monday, January 26th, 2015, we will be offering the "Using the VHF and VHF/DSC Marine Radio" seminar from 7:00 until 9:00 PM at New Hope United Methodist Church at 5125 Shattalon Drive, Winston-Salem, 27106. This is a one night two hour course to cover the basics of operating a VHC radio and radio types. Cost for this course is $20.

The "How To Use a Chart" seminar will be offered at New Hope United Methodist on Monday, February 23rd, 2015, from 7:00 until 9:00 PM. This is also a two hour course covering the basics of reading chart symbols and some very basic piloting. Cost for this seminar is $30 to cover a chart and training materials.

On Thursdays, February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, and March 5th, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. the "Instructor Development" course will be offered at New Hope United Methodist Church. There is no charge for this course. This course is for those who want to try their hand at presenting before a small group, teaching, NASBLA instructor certification and recertification.
The actual number of sessions will depend upon how many sign up for the course. Please consider coming out and trying your hand at teaching and presenting in a "trainer friendly" environment!

The Americas Boating Course – 3 will be offered on Tuesdays, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Old Town Recreation Center at 4550 Shattalon Drive, Winston-Salem, NC. The cost for the course is $50
and includes a 6 month membership in the USPS/WSSPS. Please pass the words to boating friends! This is a great opportunity to educate the public on boating safety and spread the word about the Winston-Salem Sail and Power Squadron.

If you are planning to attend one of these courses, please let me know well ahead of time so that materials can be ordered – it usually takes about two weeks for materials to come in. If you are interested in taking or teaching a squadron course please email me at education@wssps.org or call me at (336) 413-6490. The USPS courses and seminars are excellent opportunities for increasing our knowledge and skills as boaters. We would love to fill our winter classes!!

Preregistration preferred for courses at www.USPS.org

Call 336-277-7119 {week days) or 336-785-0996 (nights and weekends ) for more information.

 

Piloting

The Piloting course is the first in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This all-new 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 their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning.

 
Sail
Sail covers everything from the basic elements of how a sailboat works to sail trim, rig tuning and sailboat racing.
 
Advanced Piloting
Advanced Piloting covers more advanced coastal navigation techniques, navigation in tides and currents, and more advanced GPS usage.
 
Marine Electrical Systems
Marine Electronics covers installation and maintenance of both boat electrical systems (AC and DC) and marine electronics (VHF radio, radar, GPS, etc).
 
Cruise Planning
Cruise Planning covers topics of interest for anyone planning a cruise – whether for just a weekend or for a year – including preparation and planning, anchoring, security, chartering, and cruising either inside or outside the US.
 
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.

NC Boater Certification Required:
NC boaters under the Age of 26, to use 10HP or more require certification.
Power Squadron ABC course is the best way to get your certification.


NC Wildlife Resources Commission NC Boater Certification Required:
NC boaters under the Age of 26, to use 10HP or more require certification.
The NC Wildlife Resources Commission has free courses.
Click here to find a Wildlife Resources Commission's Boating Education course.

Alternatly, for a fee, there is an online course by BoaterExam.com

 

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