One of the key philosophies of USPS-America's Boating Club is the self-education of its members, with a certified training program where successful students gain experience and then go on to teach other students to perpetuate boating knowledge. Our instructors bring many years of practical experience to the classroom using modern instructional techniques.
Experienced Boulder Valley Squadron members provide classes in all boating topics in Colorado each year. They are open to sailors of all skill levels, members or non-members. These classes include instructor led courses, on-the-water and in the classroom, along with seminars and workshops on many boating topics.
Boulder Valley Sail and Power Squadron
Hands-on Diesel Seminar
The student's interest is a primary driver in what courses are offered. Communicate your interests to the Squadron Education Officer (SEO). Often friends will put together interest groups which can be the impetus for a class.
All classes can be done independent study. If you are interested in a topic and have the skills to teach it due to life experience and/or formal education, let the SEO know. We always need instructors so that some of our veterans can have a break occasionally. As the need to teach more students increases, so does our need for instructors. It is very rewarding work
This is an in-depth boating safety course that is taught periodically by member instructors who have broad experience in boating. It provides basic knowledge to become a more competent boater and is recognized by most states for a boat operators permit. It is taught nationwide as a civic service to the public to make boating safer and more enjoyable to all. It is also offered as an interactive self-study course or online over the internet.
Boulder Valley Squadron teaches a series of certified courses that cover advanced boating topics. These instructor based classes are typically 6-8 weeks in duration and are open to non-members as well as members. These courses include advanced grades of boating in addition to electives. They cover subjects such as seamanship, navigational techniques, boat systems, sailing, and more.
A series of seminars for boaters that are typically taught in one session, perhaps on a Saturday. Each seminar usually includes a waterproof quick guide for your sail bag, locker, or nav station.
In the recently introduced Boat Operator's Certification Program, the student will be certified at various levels of recreational boating proficiency. We expect that these certifications will be recognized across the boating community, both domestically and internationally.
Many of the courses described here, and more, are availble online. They may be online self-study, instructor-led webinars, or narrated presentations from the University of West Florida.
This website, provided by America's Boating Club, provides a quick reference summary of the Advanced Boating Courses and Seminar Series described above.
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