Elective Courses
For classes with more than one module, all modules must be passed to
receive credit.

Cruise Planning (CP)
Designed for members who plan to cruise for just a day or for a year, in either a sail or
powerboat. This course covers the following topics: cruise preparation and planning,
boat and equipment, anchors and anchoring, security, chartering, cruising outside the
United States, crew and provisioning, voyage management, communications,
navigation, weather, and emergencies. This is a favorite for all KSPS members that
have taken it. Offered every other year in late winter/early spring.

Engine Maintenance  (EM)
This course will not turn you into a mechanic, but will help you troubleshoot and do
routine maintenance. Engine Maintenance begins with information about marine
propulsion systems, basic engine principles and components, controls, instruments and
alarms, marine engine maintenance, and steering systems. There is a chapter on
winter storage and spring servicing that includes a 25-step checklist.
Engine Maintenance also delves into cooling and exhaust systems, lubrication, fuel and
air induction systems, ignition systems, electrical and starting systems, power trains,
and troubleshooting. There is a separate chapter on emergency repairs afloat. Great
glossary.

Instructor Development (ID)
Deals with effective communication for speakers and teachers, skills that will benefit the
ID student in all walks of life. It offers practical instruction in: preparing for teaching
assignments, meetings or presentations, effective teaching techniques, conducting
efficient meetings, and selecting and using audiovisual aids. It is a required course for
all our volunteers who teach public boating courses.

Marine Electronics  (three modules – ME 101, ME 102 and ME 103)
ME 101: Boat Electrical Systems, ME 102: Marine Radio Communications, and ME 103:
Marine Electronics for Navigation. There are no prerequisites for any of these modules:
however, it is suggested that a member take ME 101 before taking ME 102.

Operations Training  (OT with no test)
This course is designed to help members understand the purpose of the United States
Power Squadrons, at the national, district and squadron level. It discusses protocol and
procedures, the meaning of rank, grade, uniforms, recruitment and retention. It is
recommended for anyone holding elected office or serving on committees. Typically
competed in 4 weeks. Sometimes offered with Seamanship.

Sail (SA)
Sail teaches basic elements of sailing, including terminology, sailboat rigs and sail
plans, boat design and hull types, sails, standing and running rigging, the effects of
wind (boat, true, and apparent), leaving and returning to dock, sailing upwind and
downwind, marlinespike for sailors, and basic sailing rules.  
Advanced sail principles include: forces, stability and balance, sail trim, tuning a rig,
steering and helmsmanship, spinnaker handling, heavy weather sailing, survival in
storm conditions, safety procedures, racing and race management, and complete
navigation rules for sailing vessels.

Weather  (Wx)
The course furnishes basic weather knowledge for safer and more enjoyable boating.
The student will learn to make weather predictions based upon observations of the sky,
barometer and wind information, as well as weather data provided by maps, satellite
images, and radio and TV broadcasts.

Basic weather concepts include: effects of heat and cold, wind and pressure, storms
and fronts, rain, humidity, fog, floods, droughts, and winter precipitation.
Advanced weather concepts include: thunderstorms and tornadoes, tropical weather,
atmosphere and clouds, forecasting, and climate.
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