Seminars are short (2-4 hour) sessions intended to present a specific topic to interested students. The number of seminars available increases steadily as new presentation materials are developed.

Historically it took many years’ experience to be truly at ease and skilled at handling a powerboat. This skill was achieved over years of on the water trial and error experience. What about the rest of us? Here’s a good way to get there quickly and safely.

This seminar provides an overview of anchoring. 

A short 'sampler' of the USPS Piloting course.

An introduction to weather and weather forecasting for boaters.


The United States has over 30,000 miles of improved waterways—some of the finest boating to be found anywhere. This seminar introduces boaters to this inland cruising world.

If you live in the border states, you can cross international borders and visit our neighbors to the north or south. But what do you need to know?

This seminar is designed to prepare the prudent skipper for those unfortunate situations involving accidents and emergencies on board.

This seminar assists the student in understanding the issues and problems involving the handling of gasoline and diesel fuel and how these issues relate to boating. Sections deal with computing and evaluating fuel consumption, system care and safety, and environmental issues associated with fueling a boat.

Charts provide information essential to your safety afloat. Even with GPS and electronic navigation, the chart is needed to tell you what is around you and between you and your intended destination.

When a named storm threatens, you need to be prepared and protect your boat. In this short seminar, you'll learn how to select a location from which to weather the storm and prepare your boat for a hurricane.

The Knots, Bends, and Hitches seminar is a hands-on "learn how to tie knots" program geared to a wide range of audiences.

This seminar is designed to teach boaters how to react, and then, how to recover a crewmember or passenger who accidentally falls overboard.

This seminar covers how radar functions, radar selection, operation of the radar under various conditions including setting of controls, display interpretation, basic navigation, and collision avoidance using radar.

This seminar explains how to select, install, calibrate and use your compass on board your boat.

This seminar provides an explanation with examples of the 37 Rules of the Road for both the U.S. Inland Rules and the International Rules (COLREGS).

Welcome to the world of paddlesports. You have joined (or soon will) the fastest growing part of boating.

This seminar provides an introduction to boating for crew members who need basic information and who may or may not have taken a boating course.

This is an eight hour seminar with the perfect combination of classroom training and hands-on On-The-Water training.

This seminar shows in clear and simple terms how to use and adjust sails for optimum performance under a wide range of conditions.

The United States has over 12,000 miles of coastline and some 72,000 miles of coastal waterways that are affected by tides and tidal currents. Even if you are an inland boater, you may travel to an area where knowing about tides and tidal currents is important.

Trailering Your Boat explains how to select tow vehicles, hitches, and trailers.

This seminar explains the principles of waypoint navigation which you will use.

VHF radio is the mainstay of coastal communication and essential for emergency communications.