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  1. USPS Education in high Gear Presentation from the Annual Meeting Dallas, TX February 22, 2008 

  2. 2007 Results

  3. 2007 Results

  4. What’s New? • America’s Boating Course • New Seminars • New/updated Courses • Boat Operator Certification 

  5. America’s Boating Course -3rd Ed • USPS’ new boating course • Coming this spring • 1 book – 8hr or 12hr • Superior content & graphics 

  6. Student Package • ABC Book • Two parts – one book • Boating Safety & Seamanship (8hr) • 4 logical chapters • Piloting • Introductory Navigation with GPS and traditional methods • Student DVD • Animated courseware • Study at home, refresher, reference • Digital Charting – software & charts 

  7. Instructor Tools • PowerPoint • Excellent graphics • Animations • Instructor Manual • Slide notes • Supporting examples • Exercises 

  8. Advantages • We will have one course • Can be delivered in two formats • Book, DVD, and PowerPoint • All coordinated • Emphasis on quality & value • Clearly the best • Extra content, DVD 

  9. Internet ABC • 2008 • Continue with existing ABC • USPS – sole owner • 2009 • Internet will match classroom course • Exam – on-line or squadron • Recruiting opportunity • Transition potential to classroom 

  10. New Seminars • Seminar format • A major success • More Titles • 6 in 2007 expanded to 12 in 2008 • Addition of Seminar Series… • Mini-Courses 

  11. Seminars Success • Attracting “experienced” boaters • Hot topics of interest • Opportunity to recruit • Re-engage members • Easy to deliver • Shorter format • Excellent Instructor Tools • Unique to USPS 

  12. Current Titles • How to Use a Chart • Using GPS • Using VHF & VHF/DSC Marine Radio • Onboard Weather Forecasting • Boat Handling • Sail Trim 

  13. Now being Released • PaddleSmart™ • Marine Knots • Anchoring • Marine Radar • Hurricanes 

  14. Paddle Smart • Largest & fastest growing market segment • Also, • Highest fatality rate - Real need to train • First sessions at Dallas • USCG 1st District • Initiative to reach out to paddlers • May 1 – Jun 30th (D/1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 14, 18, 19)

  15. First Session - Dallas • Trailering • Excellent Book • Retail USPS Guide • Reference • Targets largest traditional boating segment 

  16. First Mini-Course • Advanced Powerboat Handling • 6-hr Course • Close Quarters Maneuvering • Stability and Seas • Operating at Sea • Animated presentation • Detailed techniques • Visualize actions • Clear target market 

  17. Knots, Bends ,and Hitches • Compendium of marine knots • Tested applications • Detailed graphics • How to tie them • Hands-on practice… 

  18. Bowline Construction

  19. Soon to be Released • Emergencies On Board • Heavy Weather Sailing • Diesel Engine Care & Repair 

  20. Marine Compasses Partner in Command Series (Skipper Saver II) Marine Maintenance Series (mini-course) River Boating & Locks Using Chartplotters & Digital Charts Series Autopilots Depth Sounders & Fishfinders Navigation Rules Coast Guard License Prep Series Crew Overboard In the Works ~ This Year 

  21. Seminar Advantages • Up-to-date content • Quicker, easier to deliver • Attract potential members • Refresher for trained boaters • Flexible venues • Great for marine trades • Credit toward certification • Contribute operating funds 

  22. Train the Trainer Initiative • Seminars offer a single ‘shot’ at attendees • We must use our best instructors • Seminars are different • They have a beginning and end on the same night • There are techniques that work • We are launching a train the trainer pgm • Nat Ed Dept staff will come to you

  23. New/Updated Courses • Navigation ‘08 • Beta – next month • Advanced Celestial Navigation • Navigating offshore with Electronics • The CAPN software & charts • Weather ’08 • Release – next month • One book – extensive color graphics • Comprehensive and practical 

  24. In the Works • Marine Electrical Systems ‘08 • 1st of new courses ~ April • Comprehensive and practical • Marine Communications Systems • Marine Electronic Systems • Instructor Development • Sail 

  25. Boat Operator Certification (BOC) • Ready to Go ~ April • Inland Navigator Certification • In process • Coastal Navigator Certification • Comprehensive on-the-water insurance for USPS instructors 

  26. Inland Navigator • Seamanship, Engines, Electrical • Boat handling, rules of the road • Boat equipment • Seminars • How to use a Chart • Using GPS • Using VHF & DSC Radio • Onboard Weather Forecasting 

  27. Inland Navigator Skills • Demonstrate: • Safe Powerboat Handling • Program based on partner – US Sailing • On-the-water test • Handling Fire Extinguishers 

  28. Levels of Certification • Inland Navigator • Local: rivers, small lakes, bays • Coastal Navigator • Local: coastal waters • Advanced Coastal Navigator • Extended coastal cruising • Offshore Navigator • Global 

  29. Inland Seamanship Marine Electrical Engine Maint Requirements Matrix Summary Courses Seminars Skill Demos • Use a Chart • Using GPS • Using VHF • Onboard Wx • Safe Powerboat* • Firefighting Coastal • Compass • Radar • Maint Series • Piloting • Marine Comm • Cruise Planning • GPS & Wpt • Distress Signal • Mech Sys Series • Emerg Onboard • First Aid/CPR Adv Coastal • Adv Piloting • Marine Electronics • Weather Offshore • JN • Navigation • Passage Making* • Offshore Series  * US Sailing or equivalent experience

  30. Credentials • Passport • Shows progress • Certificate • Completed level • Wallet Card • Certificate 

  31. A View to the Future • We are taking a clear and commanding lead in boater education • Our core strength • Route to recruit and retain members • Can self-fund development • USPS will be the ‘go to’ resource for boating information • Published material • Courses • Member to member 

  32. USPS University helps USPS • Continuing education • Membership growth • Income for the future • Truly the finest boaters END

  33. Now – The Challenge • We’ve created some truly outstanding educational products… • and more to come • we’ve turned the corner… • Now, you need to promote them, and • Line up quality instructors to teach them