Elective Courses

Elective Courses in six areas are offered by USPS.  They cover separate and independent topics and therefore may be taken in any order according to a person’s interests and time.


Engine Maintenance covers the operating principles and basic care and maintenance of outboard and inboard engines, including diesels.


Marine Electronics covers installation and maintenance of both boat electrical systems (AC and DC) and marine electronics (VHF radio, radar, GPS, etc).


Cruise Planning covers topics of interest for someone planning a cruise – whether for just a weekend or for a year – including preparation and planning, anchoring, security, chartering, and cruising outside the US.


Weather covers weather systems, patterns and forecasting.


Sail covers everything from the basic elements of how a sailboat works to sail trim, rig tuning, and sailboat racing.


Instructor Development teaches effective communication skills for not only USPS instructors but everyone, covering various methods of presenting information to others, effective use of audiovisual aids (including PowerPoint), etc