Hilton Head Sail and Power Squadron

A unit of United States Power Squadrons ®

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Inland Navigation Certification

Boat Owner CertificationHilton Head Sail and Power Squadron is offering the Inland Navigation Certification program. This program has been developed by USPS National Education and it has the approval of the US Coast Guard and State Boating Administrators. It complies with United Nations Resolution #40, International Certificate of the Operation of Pleasure Craft.

This certification is the first level of the Boat Operators Certification program,  leading to Coastal Navigation and Offshore Navigation certifications. Inland means rivers, lakes, InterCoastal Waterway, and coastal waters up to 2 nautical miles offshore. We invite all power squadron members to participate in this certification program.

Benefits of Certification

  • Boating Certification Credentials
  • Recognition as an accomplished recreational boater
  • Boating proficiency and confidence
  • Sharpened emergency preparedness
  • Easier chartering in the US and Caribbean
  • Join cadre of Squadron members with certification

Certification Requirements

USPS Courses

  • Seamanship
  • Engine Maintenance
  • Marine Electrical Systems

USPS Seminars

  • How to Use a Chart
  • Onboard Weather Forecasting
  • VHF & VHF/DSC Seminar
  • Using GPS Seminar
  • Sail Trim & Rig Tuning Seminar required for sailboat operation

Underway Skill Demonstration

  • Basic Boat Handling
  • Use of Fire Extinguishers

Substitutions of equivalent prior boating education and/or experience is possible. There is a couples discount that offers a cost savings for signing on to this certification program as a couple.

For information about Boat Operator Certifications
contact John Miller 843-705-2122 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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