Albemarle Sail & Power Squadron


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Albemarle Sail & Power Squadron
A squadron of
District 27 of the United States Power Squadrons
Come for the Boating Education…Stay for the Friends

       Boat Operator Certification

       The Albemarle Sail & Power Squadron (ASPS) fully supports the USPS Boat Operator’s Certification (BOC) concept and is encouraging all members to qualify for this program. Our Squadron Educational Plans  have included all the required courses and seminars necessary for a member to satisfy the academic requirements for award of the "Inland Navigator Certificate", the first of four levels of on-the-water boating competency. For complete details of this new and exciting national USPS certification program, please go to USPS website.


Inland Navigator (IN) Requirements:

  • · Courses
    • · NASBLA approved safe boating course
    • · Seamanship (or S 101 and S 102)
    • · Engine Maintenance (EM)
    • · Marine Electronics or Marine Electrical Systems or ME 101
  • · Seminars
    • · How to Use a Chart (CHT) (or Piloting, or Chart Smart or Boating)
    • · Onboard Weather Forecasting (WF) or Weather course or Weather Modules
    • · Using GPS (GPS) or the new P or AP course
    • · VHF Radio and VHF/DSC Marine Radio (or ME 102 or Marine Communications Systems)
    • · 2 additional seminars or 1 additional course
  • · Skills
    • · BPH - Basic Powerboat Handling skill demonstration or US Sailing Safe Powerboat Handling on-the-water program
    • · FE - Use of Fire Extinguishers
  • · Optional Endorsements
    • · IW - Inland Waterways (Navigating Rivers, Dams and Locks seminar)
    • · PAD - Paddle craft (canoes and kayaks) - Paddle Smart seminar
    • · SA - Sailboating (or Sail or Sail Modules)
  • Note: The optional SA endorsement is required to be IN certified to operate a sailboat. The optional PAD endorsement is required to be IN certified to operate a paddle craft.

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