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  1. USPS Education Shifting Gears DEO Meeting Governing Board Detroit, MI September 5, 2008 

  2. Remarkable Progress • By the End of Next Year… • Every single course will have been totally rewritten • 8 of 12 are complete now • Three new courses will be completed • 1 of 3 is complete • We will have 18 seminars • 12 of 18 are complete • Boat Operator Certification continues • 1 of 4 levels complete 

  3. Quality… • Our material is EXCELLENT • We’ve tested it on multiple audiences • We have solid instructor material • Costs remain low to moderate 

  4. Outreach to Boating World • We’ve validated our approach • With the boating safety community • With outside markets • Example: Trawler Fest • We’ve begun initiatives with the boating industry 

  5. On-the-Water • We’ve resolved liability issues with new insurance • On the water training • Borrowed boat program • USPS Insurance become primary for boat • Resolved potential liability issues • We’ve started “on the water” with BOC • 24 members – master instructor trained 

  6. Challenges • Now, we must: • Promote and Offer them! • Urgent need for quality, trained instructors • We must reach out to new… • Audiences • Venues • Approaches 

  7. Shifting Gears • While maintaining our product momentum… • We will emphasize instruction • Instructor outreach and training • Communications • BLOGs for each course • Get to know each other • Share ideas and techniques • Instructor training on specific programs 

  8. USPS Membership

  9. Public Boating Safety Courses Must reverse downward trend 62 squadrons not reported any boating course as of 7/31/07 

  10. Summary

  11. Advanced Grades - Completions

  12. Electives - Completions

  13. Electives - Completions

  14. Electives - Completions

  15. Percent of Members with Courses

  16. Number of Member with Courses

  17. Boating Completions By District

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

  19. America’s Boating Course 3 rd Edition • Nov 1st • 1 book • Classroom, internet – same book • Professional layout, graphics • High-quality, color printing 

  20. Advantages • We will have one course • Can be delivered in three ways • Book, CD, and PowerPoint • All coordinated • Emphasis on quality & value • Clearly the best • Extra content, CD’s 

  21. 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 

  22. Student Package • ABC Book • Two parts – incremental • Boating Safety & Seamanship (8hr) • 4 logical chapters • Introduction to Navigation (4hr) • Piloting: GPS, charts, compass • Student CD’s • Animated courseware • Study at home, refresher, reference • Digital Charting – software & charts 

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

  24. New Seminars • Seminar format • A major success • More Titles • 12 titles, more to come… • Addition of Seminar Series… • Mini-Courses 

  25. Seminars Success • Attracting “experienced” boaters • Hot topics of interest • Opportunity to recruit • Easy to deliver • Shorter format • Unique to USPS • Field tested 

  26. Current Titles - 1 • How to Use a Chart • Using GPS • Using VHF & VHF/DSC Marine Radio • Onboard Weather Forecasting • Boat Handling • Sail Trim 

  27. Current Titles - 2 • PaddleSmart™ • Marine Knots • Anchoring • Marine Radar • Trailering • Hurricanes 

  28. Reaching Out – New Markets • Paddle Smart® • Largest & fastest growing market segment • Trailering • Largest powerboat segment 

  29. First Mini-Course • Advanced Powerboat Handling • 6-8 hr Course • Close Quarters Maneuvering • Know your Boat and Seas • Handling in Open Waters • Animated presentation • Detailed techniques • Visualize actions • Clear target market • Combine with on-the water training (option) 

  30. Partner In Command • Seminar Series • Coming this Fall • Designed for • Partners, spouse • Crew • What do you do • If you take the helm • Fill in as skipper 

  31. Hands-on… • and fun for all audiences 

  32. In the Works • Rules of the Road • Crew Overboard • Emergencies On Board • Heavy Weather Sailing • Diesel Engine Care & Repair 

  33. Marine Compasses River Boating & Locks Marine Maintenance Series Using Chartplotters & Digital Charts Series Autopilots Depth Sounders & Fishfinders Coast Guard License Prep Series In the Works – coming soon! 

  34. 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 

  35. Totally Revised Member Courses • Navigation • Inland and Coastal • Offshore • Seamanship • Marine Equipment • Engine Maintenance • Marine Electrical Systems • Weather - Sept 

  36. New/Updated Courses • Navigation ‘08 • Beta – in process, final ‘09 • Advanced Celestial Navigation • Navigating offshore with Electronics • The CAPN software & charts • Weather ’08 • Release – this month • One book – extensive color graphics • Comprehensive and practical 

  37. In the Works • Marine Electrical Systems ‘08 • 1st of new courses – ready now • Comprehensive and practical • Marine Communications Systems • End of year • Marine Electronic Systems • Mid next year • Sail • Early next year • Instructor Development • Cruise Planning 

  38. Boat Operator Certification (BOC) • Ready to Go - Sept • Inland Navigator Certification • Resolved on-the-water insurance/liability • In process • Coastal Navigator Certification 

  39. 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 

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

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

  42. 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

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

  44. A View to the Future • We have taken a clear and commanding lead in boater education • Our core strength • Route to recruit and retain members • Remaining… • Building the Instructor Team • Promoting our programs • Outreach to new venues 

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