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For more information on any of the courses listed below please email our
Squadron Education Officer.


(Presented as a public service by USPS and MHPS)

ABC 3America’s Boating Course "ABC 3"

is a unique study program covering the fundamentals of boating. Learn safe boat operation, and basic piloting in one comprehensive classroom course. As an additional feature, this newly revised course includes a digital chart training CD and instructional material on modern navigation techniques as well.

This course meets state specific and National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) requirements for certification. And completion of the course is accepted by most insurance companies. Since 1914, individual squadrons of USPS have provided courses as a service to the boating public to over 3 million boaters.

Start Date: March 19, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Instructors: Past Commander Pat Smalley, AP
SEO Robert Reilly, AP
Abel Fereira, AP
Contact: Pat Smalley
Phone: (845) 889-4242
Location: Poughkeepsie Yacht Club
100 Yacht Club Rd
Hyde Park, NY
Comments: Become skilled in all types of Boating: Inland/Coastal; Sail, Power, and Paddle

Bonus Navigation Supplement
Exceeds NY State Requirements
Includes PWC certificate

May reduce Insurance premiums

Cost: Cost is $55 per student for materials. $10 for extra test (for family members sharing materials). Snacks will be provided.

You will learn the basics of what you need to safely and comfortably go on the water with your boat. This newly revised comprehensive course includes lessons on seamanship, boat handling, boat types, rules of the road, navigation aids, regulations, adverse conditions, marine VHF radio, knots, tailoring and introductory piloting. The course includes an extensive course book, training charts, and basic navigation tools. As a special feature it also includes an introduction to digital charting on CD-ROM in an appendix, and an overview of electronic navigation. The Chart Navigator Training CD includes software and digital charts to gain familiarity with this exciting new technology.

Many of today’s recreational boaters utilize GPS receivers and perform electronic, waypoint navigation. Waypoint navigation using a handheld GPS is somewhat different from traditional dead reckoning. With a GPS you have good information about where you are in terms of latitude and longitude, but the GPS doesn’t tell you what is around you or beneath your boat. Using waypoints, you have precise information about the bearing and distance from your current location to the waypoints, but the GPS doesn’t know what may be in the way. The use of charts is explained in this course as the essential step to provide key information required for a safe passage.

The course is designed for skippers and crew of all types of watercraft. The course material covers five chapters, which touch on:

  • General information about boats
  • vessel maintenance
  • Boat Handling and Seamanship
  • Required Equipment
  • laws and regulations to which you
    must adhere
  • Rules of the Road
  • Lines and Knots
  • Nautical Charts
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Engine Troubleshooting
  • Boat Trailering
  • information to make your boating experience safer and more comfortable
  • tips on being a more courteous boat operator
  • and much, much, more!

For more information contact Pat Smalley or the Squadron Educational Officer: Lt/C Robert Reilly, AP.

Seminar CoursesUSPS University–Seminar Series

USPS University is here with new programs targeted to a range of boaters and types of boating. The hallmark of this concept is the Seminar Series. These short seminars are targeted to specific topics and needs, and include valuable take-away guides. Each seminar provides credits toward the Boat Operator Certification program, and credit toward elective courses.

Visit the USPS University – Seminar Series for a complete list of the many seminar topics available and to find one offered near you.

USPS also publishes several self-study guides, which are available to all.

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