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USPS ONLINE Piloting Course

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Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This 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. Ten classes of two hours each normally are scheduled for presentation of this course. In addition the students have seven days to complete the open book exam.
8 weeks, 24 contact hours

Topics covered include:
- Charts and their interpretation
- Navigation aids and how they point to safe water
- Plotting courses and determining direction and distance
- The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic
- Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route.
- Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS
- Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning
- The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course.
The course can be completed prior to receipt of materials (if applicable). Course materials will be mailed by USPS Headquarters. While USPS Membership is not required to take this course, members receive a discounted tuition rate.  If you wish to join, you may call 1-888-367-8777, ext. 229.

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UWF Maritime Education

_ United States Power Squadron 

Start Date:upon registration

More information online at: 
UWF Maritime Education



Please read:  Access to the course is not immediate. This course is delivered through the University’s course portal, eLearning. Contact Continuing Education's Student Support Center at 850-473-7468 or toll free at 888-529-1823 if you have any problems with the registration. For more information about Maritime Education Online Course process:



Registration Closes On
Sunday, June 30, 2019 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
N/A - Online _ United States Power Squadron