USPS® Elective Grade Classes

Cruise Planning Course:  This course focuses on preparation for a cruise, whether the cruise is for a day, a week, a month, or longer. Whether you are going to cruise on rivers, lakes, the coasts, or across the oceans, very valuable information is provided by those who have been there. The topics discussed are:

  • Planning the voyage
  • Financing the voyage
  • Equipping the vessel
  • Crew selection
  • Provisioning
  • Voyage management
  • Navigation planning
  • Weather
  • Communications
  • Entering and clearing foreign and domestic ports
  • Anchors and anchoring
  • Emergencies afloat
  • Medical emergencies
  • Security

Schedule Date:  2017 TBD – Call 425-835-0214 or email: Lt Susan Tarpley,P

Orca Room,
Everett Yacht Club

Members
$55.00
$15.00 supplies

Non-members
$105.00
$60.00 supplies


Engine Maintenance:  Modern engines offer high reliability and good performance through the use of computerized systems for fuel delivery and engine timing. Most of these systems are “black boxes” that can no longer be serviced by weekend mechanics with ordinary tools. The Engine Maintenance course covers those repairs that do-it-yourselfers can still perform, teaches how to diagnose problems that might be beyond your ability to fix, and how to share information with your mechanic so the right repairs get performed. The Engine Maintenance course also covers basic mechanical systems such as drive systems (propellers), steering systems, and engine controls. The last chapter discusses solutions you might use to problems that could occur while afloat and away from a repair facility. Gasoline, diesel, and outboard engines are treated independently in this chapter.

Schedule Date 2017: March 22nd  Instructor P/Lt/C Raul Biascochea, AP

Residence
Please call Instructor

Members
$50.00
$15.00 supplies

Non-Members
$90.00
$55.00


Marine Electronics Course Description

The Marine Electronics curriculum consists of three courses: Marine Electrical Systems, Marine Communications Systems, and Electronic Navigation.

 Marine Electrical Systems Course Description

The Marine Electrical Systems course is presented in seven chapters that start with an explanation of what electricity is, followed by discussions on boat electrical wiring, DC and AC electrical systems, galvanic and stray current corrosion, lightning protection, and ends with troubleshooting of boat electrical problems.

The course includes detailed instructions on how to use a multimeter, how to solder and crimp electrical wiring circuits, and how to read electrical wiring diagrams. This course can be used as a reference guide for anyone interested in properly maintaining their boat electrical system.

Electronic Navigation Course Description

Electronic Navigation introduces GPS technology from the most basic receiver to chart plotter systems for navigation on board. The process of navigating by establishing waypoints and routes, and then running the planned courses, is demonstrated. Further, electronic charting software for the desktop computer is examined, with creation of waypoints and routes on the desktop and subsequent download to the onboard unit. Despite differences among the various manufacturers’ offerings, a thorough discussion of the features being made available is included.

Special attention is paid to apps for tablets and smartphones that provide the electronic navigation function at the helm, for relatively little cost.

Students should be familiar with basic charting concepts such as latitude, longitude, the compass, course plotting, and time/distance calculation, to get the most out of the course.

Schedule Date 2107: TBD Instructor P/Lt/C Raul Biascochea, AP

Residence
Members
$50.00

$15.00 supplies

Non Members
$90.00
$55.00


Marine Communications Course Description

Marine Communications Systems is an in-depth, nine chapter review of those systems available to the recreational boater, or to those with whom he/she shares the water. Radio history and spectrum definitions are presented along with definitions of radio circuits that the student should learn, to choose the best communications method for his/her situation. One chapter is devoted to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and another to FCC Rules and regulations to set the stage for instruction of radiotelephone operating procedures (both voice and digital messaging are covered). The remaining chapters cover High Seas radio (MF/HF and satellite communications) and other systems such as Family Radio Service transceivers. There is also a chapter on troubleshooting of radio installations.

Schedule Date 2017:  TBD Instructor P/Lt/C Raul Biascochea, AP

Residence
Members
$50.00

$50.00 supplies

Non Members
$90.00
$55.00


Instructor Development:  Unlike other USPS courses, the Instructor Development course is not designed to enhance boating skills. Rather, its emphasis is on enhancing presentation techniques and instructor skills. The course has been designed to demonstrate interactive teaching methods focused on adult learning. Students are required to prepare lesson plans and give three presentations to their peers utilizing a variety of teaching aids and presentation skills. The instructor may assign a topic for these presentations or you may use material and PowerPoint slides from existing USPS courses, and they may build on one another.

Schedule TBD Call: 425-347-0763 or email: P/Lt/C Joellyn Jackson, S

Old Everett Yacht Club
Orca Room
404 14th Ave. Everett

Free to Members – Download materials from USPS website at no charge.  MEMBERS ONLY


Sail 2009 is a completely new sail course created to serve the needs of the novice and experienced sailor, as well as the non-sailor, for basic skills and knowledge. The course starts with basic sailboat designs and nomenclature, rigging, safety, and sail processes and then tackles the physical aspects of sailing forces and techniques, sail applications, marlinespike, helmsmanship and handling of more difficult sailing conditions, navigation rules, and an introduction to heavy weather sailing. Appendices provide an introduction to sailboat racing and sailing in Canadian waters.

 This new Sail course is a single volume Student and Instructor Manual (IM) developed in cooperation with the Canadian Sail & Power Squadron. Course instructional materials include material in Microsoft PowerPoint® format with embedded animations that require additional software to perform correctly.

Course completion is documented by a closed book exam graded by USPS Headquarters.

Minimum computer requirements for the current version of the IM CD are:

  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP or higher. Note that Windows Vista has presented difficulty for some users. Instructors should always try out the presentation ahead of class time.
  • Software: Microsoft Office 2003 (Power Point) or higher; Adobe Flash 10

Course completion is documented by a closed book exam graded by USPS Headquarters.

Minimum computer requirements for the current version of the IM CD are:

  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP or higher. Note that Windows Vista has presented difficulty for some users. Instructors should always try out the presentation ahead of class time.
  • Software: Microsoft Office 2003 (Power Point) or higher; Adobe Flash 10

Members
$50.00

$15.00 supplies

Non-Members
$900.00
$55.00 supplies

This class is pending interest.  Check back periodically, or indicate interest in comments below.


wx_2012_coverWeather:  Awareness of weather phenomena, how to read a weather map and the sky, and understand and anticipate weather developments for more pleasurable boating are objectives of this course. Subjects include:

  • Characteristics and structure of the atmosphere
  • What the weather is and its basic causes
  • Normal development and movement of weather over the earth
  • Factors considered in weather forecasting

Observations that the skipper can make afloat include both instrumental and visual:

  • Cloud sequences and the weather they predict
  • Air masses, fronts, storms, and fog
  • Use of radio and television weather broadcasts

Throughout, the student is encouraged to make observations and predictions in order to gain experience in applying the principles taught and develop greater insight into weather phenomena. 

Schedule FALL 2017 Instructor P/Lt/C Raul Biascochea, AP

Raul’s Residence
Please Call Instructor

Members
$60.00

$15.00 supplies

Non-Members
$110.00
$65.00 supplies

NOTE:  USPS adds $20.00 for all non-member exams!  Become a member and save money.