Our Next Events

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Tuesday, September 10, at Greenwich Police HQ – Weather Course: click here.

Tuesday, September 17, at Norwalk Yacht Club – Seamanship Course: click here.


Sign up for our Weather course that starts Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The USPS Weather Course is a rare offering and is not likely to be offered again in the near future. This year the course is sponsored by four squadrons: Darien, Greenwich, Norwalk and Stamford. So, get signed up now before the course is full.

For boaters, knowing the forecast isn’t enough; you need to understand its impact on you and your boat. The Weather Course will make you a keener observer of the weather and allow you to put your observations in the context of basic principles of meteorology. You’ll learn how weather systems form, behave, move, and interact with one another. The course also reflects the availability of all sorts of weather reports and forecasts on the Internet.

Each student receives:

  • a Weather Manual - USPS Weather - an explanatory text with full color photographs and drawings covering weather in the United States and its coastal and inland waters;
  • a set of three Daily Weather Maps - learning aids with a compete explanation of map symbols designed to develop weather map reading and analysis skills; and
  • NOAA’s Sky Watcher Chart - a reference to assist in identifying cloud types - helpful indicators of approaching weather.

NOAA and the National Weather Service have recognized the major contribution that USPS makes in weather education for recreational boaters. Be a responsible skipper, protect your friends and family and take the Weather course today.

The cost of the course is $80.00 for members of DSPS and neighboring USPS squadrons and $180 for non-members.

To register or for more information, click here: https://www.usps.org/cgi-bin-nat/eddept/800/getregform.cgi?L-15774

For a course syllabus, click the “Education” link at the top of this page and then click the button next to “Instructor’s Notes.”


Starts Tuesday, September 17

Do you want to be more confident on the water? Understand what is going on aboard your boat, or on the water? Take a more active role while boating or be prepared in an emergency? If so, then join us for SEAMANSHIP!

Recommended as a follow-up to qualifying for your CT Boating Certificate, many of the topics from the Coastal Boating Competence Course are covered in more depth and new topics are introduced. Seamanship will make your time on the water safer, less stressful, and more enjoyable! This is information which everybody should master, whether you're a power boater or a sailor, captain or crew. Some of the topics include:

  • Docking, and close quarter maneuvering under various conditions
  • "Rules of the Road"; steering & sailing rules, lights & shapes, and sound signals
  • How to safely anchor in a crowded anchorage
  • The effects of boat design on how the boat will handle
  • What to do in emergencies on the water including preparation and prevention
  • Marlinspike seamanship with some new knots and how to whip and splice a line

Seamanship will be taught by Captain Lynn Oliver and Beth Kinney. Lynn has cruised extensively, is a certified instructor with the American Sailing Association, holds a USCG Master License and has taught several courses over the last 25 years with the Darien Sail & Power Squadron. She has also led women-focused courses to build confidence and seamanship skills and works with private clients on and off the water. Beth owns and captains Grace, her Cabo Rico 42, and has extensive cruising experience and a willingness to share her learning curve to get there.

The cost of the course is $80 for USPS and Norwalk Yacht club members and $180 for non-members and includes the USPS Seamanship textbook and the US Coast Guard Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook. The class will meet Tuesdays for 8 sessions plus an exam, and will start September 17, at 7:00pm, at Norwalk Yacht Club, 10 Nathan Hale Drive, Norwalk, CT 06854.

To register, please go to https://www.usps.org/cgi-bin-nat/eddept/800/getregform.cgi?L-16038 or e-mail padler@pipeline.com

Women, if you've been considering learning more about boating, this is for you! Join us in a female-friendly environment led by women who want to help you understand and enjoy your boat and being on the water.