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NVSPS Training Courses

The mission of United States Power Squadrons® is to maintain, enhance and promote USPS® as the premier boating organization dedicated to ‘Safe Boating through Education’. NVSPS locally carries out this mission by offering two groups of boating courses: basic courses open to the public and more advanced ones that are reserved for United States Power Squadron members. If you have questions about the courses, please contact our Education Officer using this email link.

Basic Boating Course

We offer a certified instructor safe boating course to the general public:
  • America's Boating Course 3rd Edition is an eight week comprehensive course which also includes basic piloting and navigation.

    (The course may also be taken online or at home.)


    Check our schedule to see what basic courses are being offered at various times during the year.

    Advanced Member Courses

    Once an individual completes and passes a Basic Boating course, they may become a member of the United States Power Squadron. Local chapters such as Northern Virginia Sail & Power Squadron offer members a number of courses (see their descriptions), including Seamanship, Piloting, Advanced Piloting, Junior Navigation, Sail, and others.

    Check the current schedule to see what is available at this time.

    Some classes include field trips. See pictures of a recent weather class trip.

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