Cruising and Cruise Planning

Course Description

There is something very special about the thrill of cruising in new waters and the sense of accomplishment upon completing an extended cruise. To go beyond what most boaters do on a weekend overnight or even a week or so marina hopping requires boaters to leave their normal cruising areas and comfort zones. The Cruising and Cruise Planning course focuses on the planning and preparation necessary for safe enjoyable extended cruises on both inland and coastal waters and is designed for members who cruise on either a sail or powerboat (owned or chartered).

Covers the following topics:

  • Cruise preparation and planning - General
  • Boat and Equipment
  • Anchors and Anchoring
  • Security
  • Chartering
  • Cruising Outside the United States
  • Crew and Provisioning
  • Voyage Management
  • Communications
  • Navigation
  • Weather
  • Emergencies

This course is completed in 10 two-hour sessions: nine sessions of study, one session of review and the exam.

You must have the USPS Cruising and Cruise Planning book in order to complete the course.  Only one required per household.

Cruising and Cruise Planning Course Costs

Tuition must be paid during class registration via PayPal or by check / cash prior to the start of the class.  Books and other materials should be purchased during registration, or may be available the day of the class.  Supply of optional materials cannot be guaranteed if not ordered during registration.

Course Tuition Fee (one required):
USPS Members / Voucher$40.00
Sea Scouts / USCGA / Partners$80.00
Public$160.00
Cruising and Cruise Planning Book
(one required per household)
$74.00