USPS University Seminars

Seminars are a great way to learn about a specific topic concentrated into a manageable, two-hour commitment.  These focused sessions help you round out your understanding and knowledge of a variety of boating topics.

Seminars are available to Members and non-members

Boat Handling

  • Boat Handling Under Power
  • Advanced Powerboat Handling
  • Anchoring
  • Boating on Rivers. Locks, and Lakes
  • Sail Trim and Rig Tuning


  • Using GPS
  • How to Use a Chart
  • Basic Coastal Navigation
  • Mariner's Compass
  • Mastering the Rules of the Road
  • Marine Radar

Facing the Environment

  • Basic Weather and Forecasting
  • Hurricane Preparation for Boaters
  • Tides and Currents


  • Emergencies on Board
  • Fuel and Boating
  • Partner in Command
  • Man Overboard
  • Using VHF & VHF/DSC Marine Radio


  • Knots, Bends, and Hitches
  • Paddle Smart
  • Trailering Your Boat


  • Crossing Borders

Hands On Skills

  • Practical on the Water Training

Take a Class

If you are interested in taking any of these courses, contact Lt/C James Christman, JN

Additional Course Information

Boating Education Matters